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Spitalfield Nippers

Post by ralph » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:12 pm

For those who love old photos, there are some crackers on this link. This is when kids were really poor.

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Post by curly » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:21 am

Any chance of seeing these pictures then?

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Post by ralph » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:29 am

Curly, if you click on the link, a number of vertical pictures should appear, the top one of which is titled 'Spitalfield Nippers' when you click on that top picture, a vertical line of pics appears - well it does for me - and there are some very moving pictures there. If this does not happen for you, I wonder if it is because I found this link on facebook, of which I am a registered member? But certainly when I click the link on this thread, I don't encounter any problems.

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Post by curly » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:45 am

Ralph I've changed the link for you, so we don't have to look at a pretty blank Facebook page. :D

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Post by ralph » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:49 am

Thanks Curly, I'm not sure how you did it, but I was about to comment that once I was on the original link, I could not return to this thread - now I can. :D

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Post by andysfootball » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:50 am

the photo's are fake

in the second photo

you can quite clearly see

a mcdonalds logo
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Post by danet » Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:02 am

Very funny Mr. AF :P

Ralph, fabulous photos =D> .....coincidental how you mentioned how 'poor' kids looked in those days, we were just talking about it the other day, and how we didn't know we were poor, we thought it was normal to have holes in the shoes, just slip a piece of cardboard in them, and away we went.
And I can remember the boys having holes in the knees of their trousers, so then patches were all the norm too, and then patches on the patches. It was the way it was then, it felt normal, didn't know we were poor. Now I understand, it was about making things last as they didn't come that easily or at a very cheap price, and it was all about survival, with what we had or could do with, or do without.
I might like to put this link up in the photo shop forum for reference, as these are awesome pics depicting a very special 'normal' time of life at one stage :)

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Post by ralph » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:28 am

I'm glad you liked them Danet, and of course you are right. I was born in 1944, and as a kid it was normal to patch trousers that had become 'worn' and holes in shoes were common too. My dad was born in 1905 and he spoke of lots of lads being without shoes. It does not seem so very many years since all this was happening, how different our lives are today, and yet in other parts of the world it is still the norm.

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Post by Mr Smith » Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:00 am

I never had patches in the knees of my trousers when I was a kid, and we were
very poor. The reason I didn't was because I wore short trousers (Summer and Winter)
until I got my first pair of long trousers just before I was fifteen years old, mind you
the seat of my trousers had patches on patches. Shoes and other clothes were nearly
always hand me downs, so me being the oldest always got the new clothes until I
grew out of them or wore them out, my brother got what I had finished with. :D
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Post by sherri » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:43 am

Fabulous photos.
Some of the kids looked poor, some did not.
The thing is, today you would not see poor kids looking that poor. They might only have a T shirt and cheap pants, but you probably wouldn't see patches.

Back when I was young, mum used to sew a lot of our clothes. We didn't have many really. We wore a uniform to school 5 days a week. No patches that I can recall and decent shoes.
Yet my parents didn't have a lot of money.
I think we were probably lucky as we all missed the Great depression by a few decades. From what my father told me, some people did it hard in the '30s.

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Re: Spitalfield Nippers

Post by Globalmyths » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:48 am

A lot of them were very grumpy looking. Obviously they did not like their photograph being taken :lol:
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Re: Spitalfield Nippers

Post by gnads » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:53 am

I can see having a bath & washing clothes wasn't the order of the day back then

nothing much has changed then? :P :lol:
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