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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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Photographic copies can be obtained from Tower Hamlets Local Studies and Archives (there is a charge for this service) or a maximum of 5 digital copies can be emailed to you. If you would like to use the images for publication or display please contact us at


Daisy Thomas 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Daisy Thomas (later Clayden), daughter of Mabel (nee Tillson) and Ernest Thamas (stevedore) of Plevna Street, in 1916, aged 15. This photograph was taken at Whiffin's in East India Dock Road, through a photograph club which Daisy belonged to at Vanesta's, where she worked (a plywood factory in Westferry Road near Burrell's Wharf). Daisy is wearing a black and white check dress (black in mourning for her grandfather) which was made for her by her aunt Aggie, who taught Daisy dress-making. The watch Daisy is wearing had been bought second hand from Jo Squires, the pawnbroker. by Mrs D. Clayden