Unknown Photographer’s Color Photos Offer Glimpse of Daily Life in 1970s London

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These mysterious photos of London in the early 1970s are a trippy flashback to life in the UK over 40 years ago. Appearing on Flickr in the collection of Glen F, they were apparently taken by an American tourist.

“I’ve found that Americans tend to take pics of ‘mundane' things that us Brits would take for granted and never photograph, like the sandwiches! So you often end up with some unusual subjects showing regular everyday life,” Glen F shares.

With the help of other Flickr users, Glen has been slowly identifying the locations of each photograph. And, as one user points out, who knows if the mystery photographer is actually present in one of the images. Either way, the collection of images takes us from the gates of Buckingham Palace to aerial views that demonstrate just how much London has developed over time.

These photographs of London in the 1970s, thought to have been taken by an American tourist, are a flashback to another time.

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h/t: [Design You Trust]

All images via Glen F.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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