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  1. Oh V
    How sad to see something in photographs that was once so splendid and is now no more.
    A recently published series of volumes called ‘Lost London’ inspire the same melancholy for a departed world of grandeur, but also serves as a salutary reminder that a lot of what has been brushed aside was truly awful. Perhaps sunny Hollywood has a shorter history of despairing slums than the old smoke, but I’m sure there must have been a seamier side too…
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  2. Yes how sad to know that it is gone.To see the picture and then learn that it no longer exists.Yes despairing slums were as The Dandy says part of our history over here and no one mourns them.
    I once lived all over London and some of the low rise sixties blocks of flats were nothing more than slums that rose into the air.Perhaps not as awful,as The Victorian slums,but grim enought to be sure.I would often see them from my train to work and shudder.

    • There were some housing developments here designed for low income families right after the war by some notable architects – but slums in a warm climate tend to the horizontal and not the vertical.

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