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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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Vanestas Wesferry Road 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Vanestas 1914. The work force photographed, perhaps on the occasion of an outing or some other special event, as most are wearing collars and ties. Or, could this be office staff only, as there are no buttonholes (as usual on an outing) and some are in shirt sleeves as if they had just left their desk? This photograph is from a collection belonging to Ken Hunter, whose grandfather, Harry (Henry) King, worked at Vanestas, and is probably in the photograph somewhere. Vanestas was at No 246 Westferry Road, and also had a site in Silvertown. From K. Hunter