1949: London Kodachromes


Four Kodachrome pictures taken by Chalmers Butterfield.


Looking up Shaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus


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Looking up Shaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus


‘It was the sign advertising Brylcreem that got me. It can be seen in one of Chalmers Butterfield's colour photographs of Piccadilly Circus in 1949. Why did it move me? Brylcreem's range of hair styling products for men is still very much with us. Personally, though, it always means the red plastic pot of the stuff my dad kept ever-ready in the bathroom of our home in the 1970s. It spoke then, and does now, of his youth in austerity Britain, skiffle-board Britain, Teddy Boy Britain.’

- Jonathon Jones, Guardian


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Sloane Street


Aldford Street


All images: Chalmers Butterfield


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