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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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Maria Street 1940s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Probably the VJ Day Party in Maria Street, E14, in 1945. Among the boys in the back row : - , Charlie Seymour, George Attewell, - , Arthur Hogsden, Denny Mantle, Terry Walsham, Patrick Attewell, Jimmy Walsham. Among the women at the side: Ivy Perry, Mrs Nora Seymour. In the second row: Sonia Peterken, Doreen Perkins, Iris Rump, Shirley Austen, Joan Walsham, Mrs Perkins, Mrs Attewell, Mrs Walsham. In front: Maureen O’Neal, Terry Mantle, Mickey Austen. Mrs Walsham recalls: We were living in the Nissen huts then, at the bottom of Maria Street. There was a piano out in the street for the party; Mrs Perry played and we all sang. by George Attewell