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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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The French family 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


The French family, of Maria Street (later Chapel House Street), Isle of Dogs. Standing on the left, Charlie French, (1890-1930) a stevedore, wearing his union badge, ; centre, his wife, Elizabeth Jane, nee Holmes, (1891-1963); on the right, Charlie's brother, Dennis French, also a stevedore. The children are, on the left: young Charlie French, (b.1912), later a crane driver; Arthur French, (b.1916), later a stevedore; and Ivy Matilda, (b.1914), who had walked through a puddle on the way to the photographer's studio and got her white shoes dirty. Date about 1917. From Mrs I. Hames