Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Poplar High Street in the 1920s and 1930s

I do voluntary work at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, and try to get in for a couple of hours once a week. Managed to do so today, and catalogued part of a box of the extensive photographic collection of street scenes. The particular box I was working through mainly consisted of very evocative photographs of Poplar High Street from the 1920s and 1930s. Notes and annotations on many of the prints indicate that they were part of the Whiffin Photographic Collection. Information about this collection is at present somewhat scant, although a brief reference found on the net indicates that Whiffin’s Studio was actually based locally, at 237 East India Road, Poplar. Doubtless the staff at THLHLA would have more information about Whiffin’s Studio and the provenance of the collection: I must remember to ask next time.

1 comment:

  1. Emma, London Bridge21 April 2011 at 13:08

    Hi Andy - are any of these available on the web? If not, would you be able to post one? I'd love to see what the area looked like.