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Streets of London 1870 - 1900
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Victorian Furniture Shop in London

The slum areas around Covent Garden were being ‘cleared’ even as Adolphe Smith was interviewing people. The furniture shop depicted – where people would sell and buy second-hand furniture – was at the corner of Church Lane in Holborn and was about to be torn down. The shop keepers and landlords did not like a visibly working class shop being so close to the growing middle-class West End shopping district.

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