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London in the Snow: Early 20th Century Photos of an Icy Capital

Guaranteed to make you smile and appreciate winter a little more, London in the Snow curates a collection of black and white photographs of Londoners enjoying frosty days in the capital over the years. From Trafalgar Square snowball fights, to makeshift sledges, here’s a selection taken from the book by Vintage Britain and published by Hoxton Mini Press…

Photo: Vintage Britain/Hoxton Mini Press

1 Betty Mason, an ice skater from Sunbury, Middlesex, is seen trying to drive the swans to open water, where a keeper had broken the ice for them on Wimbledon Common, London.

Betty Mason, an ice skater from Sunbury, Middlesex. Photo: PA/PA Archive.

2 An Alpine scene on London’s Hampstead Heath, where heavy snowfall had these two skiers happy in the prospect of Swiss sports without the travel costs circa 1955.

An Alpine scene on London’s Hampstead Heath 1955. Photo: PA/PA Archive

3 Head keeper Buck Jones gets some willing assistance from Rusty the elephant, who joins him in a combined operation to clear some of the snow from the elephant enclosure at London Zoo, 1958.

Head keeper Buck Jones gets some willing assistance at London Zoo, 1958. Photo: PA/PA Archive

4 A ‘bubble car’ with a ‘snowman’ face after a snowfall in London, 1958.

A ‘bubble car’ with a ‘snowman’ face after a snowfall in London, 1958. Photo: Barratts/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS

5 Children enjoy a snowball fight in Trafalgar Square, 1938.

Children enjoy a snowball fight in Trafalgar Square, 1938. Photo: Barratts/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Archive

6 Snow covered traffic on Farringdon Street, in London, 1951.

Snow covered traffic on Farringdon Street, in London, 1951. Photo: Barratts/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Archive

7 It isn’t every day one has the chance of riding along or over the River Thames. But that chance came to cyclist David Joel as he took to the frozen river near Windsor Bridge. At Windsor the Thames is frozen from bank-to-bank for a considerable distance, 1963.

It isn’t every day one has the chance of riding along or over the River Thames, 1963. Photo: PA/PA Archive.

8 Wintry scene in Trafalgar Square, London, when heavy snow fell on the city. The winter of 1947, from January to mid-March, was one of the coldest during the whole of the twentieth century. Temperatures reached a record low and there was persistent snow fall. Added to this severe weather was the fact that there were severe shortages of food and, critically, fuel (of all kinds).

Wintry scene in Trafalgar Square, London, when heavy snow fell on the city. Photo: PA/PA Archive.

9 Father and kids are sitting on a toboggan in the Hampstead Heath Park in London, February 28, 1937.

Father and kids are sitting on a toboggan in the Hampstead Heath Park, 1937. Photo: Imagno/Getty Images

10 A milkman makes a delivery to Streatham Grammar school in London, 1939.

milkman makes a delivery to Streatham Grammar school in London, 1939. Photo: Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

London in the Snow by Vintage Britain is published by Hoxton Mini Press. RRP £16.95; hoxtonminipress.com

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