1957: A visit to London Chris March 5, 2011 1950-1959, Places 10 CommentsFavourited 2219 times Add to favourites All pictures by Kåre (Kaare) Halse Thank you to Kai Krog Halse 10 Responses karen mulhern March 5, 2011 so interesting!! love midcentury photography!! Reply Jinx September 24, 2011 My father in law waxes on about when he saw London in the late 50′s. He was returning from his time in post-war Germany. He says the only vehicles you would see on the streets were the buses, the cabs, and Rolls Royces. He says the men would save up money, and would buy a car. They intended that this car would be the only car they would ever own, so they were waiting to afford quality. With the prevalence of other transportation options, this was possible then. And look at how open the streets were! Beautiful photos! Reply Anissa November 26, 2011 Amazing photos ..love em all .there is a wonderful resolution ..I feel there . Reply Anonymous December 27, 2011 I miss the London I never experienced. And the building opposite Westminster Palace is so much better than the monstrosity they’ve built their now with its awful little tesco metro. Reply Mike May 28, 2012 Agree – the old Westminster Buildings were much nicer, at least from the outside. They were there well into the 1990s, I think. Reply Anonymous December 27, 2011 there* Reply iain May 24, 2012 Please don’t romanticise and sentimentalise the 1950s, folks; I was born in 1950, and London was characterised by filthy buildings covered in soot, Trafalgar Sq was a mass of birdshit from the ubiquitous pigeons, British food was appalling and stayed that way for decades (I’ll take a Tesco’s pre-cooked supper over revolting lard and suet puddings any day, thank you very much) and the air was mephitically filthy; crippling smogs were common, and polio was epidemic. So be thankful for the clean, bright city we have in the 21st century. Reply costernocht July 24, 2012 Spoilsport! Reply steven September 21, 2012 Great pictures, is the 4th one from the top of St Pauls? Reply Dave McDougall January 8, 2013 The one with the woman in green? No, that’s the Tower of London. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.