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The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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The Pride of the Isle 1960s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Isaac (ike) Emms, b. 1878 d. 1963. Photographed in ‘The Pride of the Isle’, Millwall. Ike came from Poplar and started his working life at a greengrocer’s in East Ferry Road. He married Lydia Prudence, from Limehouse. In time he started a round with horse and cart selling fruit and veg., and on Sundays, winkles and shrimps. Sometimes he went round selling wet fish from a barrow - he also took bets ‘under the counter’ - it was illegal in those days. From Mrs D.Muldoon