An early picture of allhails desperately attempting to look natural and relaxed while walking in London. The plaque on the extreme right ("Swan and Edgar") places this on the western side of Regent Street going up towards Oxford Circus. The approximate date can be estimated from the billboard for the Odeon. The film is probably "Champion", starring Kirk Douglas and Arthur Kennedy, released in 1949.
Can any Flickr member produce a picture of themselves taken before 1949?
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This view is looking down Regent Street with the Swan and Edgar department store on the right.
This and many other of my photographs are featured in my book "London, Portrait of a City, 1950 to 1962" (Allan Hailstone, publ. Amberley Publishing), together with the story of how I came to photograph them and my memories of past London.
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