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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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Island History Trust Image Collection


C.1950, an outing from Cargo Fleet/Suth Durham Steel and iron. Standing: 3rd from right, Frank Sale (holding glass of beer). A steam crane driver for Cargo Fleet, Frank lived at 24 Manchester Road. Seated, 3rd from right, Frank’s younger brother Bert, who worked at Blundell and Crompton in West India Dock Road. Third from left, next to accordionist, Joe Eaton, of Plevna Street (then living in East Ham); next to him, in hat, is Alf Chick, who lived in Plaistow; 7th from left, Harry Wheland; 7th from right, Henry or Harry Diffey. Cargo Fleet was near the modern Westferry Circus, on the riverside; the company stored and transported all kinds of steel units. Donated by Jill Grummett