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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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Malabar Street 1940s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


No. 20 Malabar Street, Isle of Dogs, Salmon's General Store, about 1948. ‘You name it we sold it - coal, coke oil as well'. Stanley Salmon had been weighing out coal in 28lb bags when the photograph was taken - that's why his overall is dirty! Coal was rationed then and people queued for the bags. Prices remembered from those days include four and a half pence (old money) for a loaf of bread, tea at two pence a quarter - pound, sugar at five pence a pound, and eggs at a shilling a dozen. The shop was previously owned by Walter Parkins. From Lou Salmon