31 Gorgeous Photos Of The London Underground In The '50s And '60s
<b>Featuring rat catchers, "fluffers", and of course strikes.</b> Have a look at our series from the earliest days <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/38-breathtaking-pictures-from-the-early-days-of-the-london-u">here</a>.
A group of ‘Pearlies’ from the 1900s. In the 19th century London was full of street traders known as costermongers or costers. In order to attract customers costers would decorate their clothes with mother of pearl buttons which were a common product manufactured in the East End of London. In the 1870s an orphaned road sweeper and rat catcher called Henry Croft took inspiration from this, covered a suit and top hat with pearl buttons and used the notoriety it gave him to raise money for…
Land Girl Rat Catchers at work as part of their training on a Sussex farm. In the background Audrey Prickett and Betty Long plug a rat hole after inserting poison and in the foreground Eileen Barry lays some bait, as Audrey Willis leans over the hedge to check she is doing it properly.