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Digital Gallery Images

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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10 Launch Street 1900s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Smith family photographed in 1900 at 10 Launch Street, Poplar. Father: George Besant Smith, steel erector at Westwoods and amateur photographer - he may have taken this photograph himself. Boy: George William Smith (1897-1940), later a steel erector also at Westwoods. Middle girl: Maud Valentine (1894-1954), district nurse, and Edith Lilian Alice Smith, born 1896. The family moved to N0.13 Ship Street, Cubitt Town, in 1908. From P.G. Elliott