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This Is Merry Old England in the 1920s, in Color!

 It’s rare that you see color photos from the 1920s. In 1928, under George V’s reign, National Geographic photographer Clifton R. Adams traveled throughout England to capture everyday life in both the countryside and towns. Luckily for us, he used some cutting-edge technology (at the time), called Autochrome, which captured color photos on dyed potato starch. 
 
 
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England, 1920s, color, photographs
In London’s Trafalgar Square, a policeman directs traffic at an intersection.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
A typical house of the era, covered in vines, in Warwickshire. 
England, 1920s, color, photographs
Alexandra Rose Day commemorates the arrival of Princess Alexandra of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, from Denmark to Britain, who would later marry King Edward VII. To mark the anniversary, young women would sell paper roses, whose proceeds would go to Alexandra’s favorite charities.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
1928 was also the year women received full voting rights with the passing of the Equal Franchise Act. Prior to this, only women over the age of 30 were allowed to vote.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
A day at the beach. A young girl plays in the sand at Sandown on the Isle of Wight.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
A young boy and his bicycle in Sussex, mailing a letter in a hedgerow postbox. 
 
England, 1920s, color, photographs
A young women mails a letter in Oxford.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
In Ulverston, Cumbria, two bus drivers pose in front of a tour bus.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
In the Lake District, a woman making crafts sticks her head out of her bridge house.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
In Canterbury, a war veteran sits on a sidewalk selling matches.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
A telephone booth and postbox on Oxford’s high street. In the UK, the network of national telephone booths, began in 1920.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
England, 1920s, color, photographs
Actors in costume for a pageant, dressed as Britannia, with her knights, and colonies.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
In Cornwall, women buy Kelly’s ice cream, still popular today, from a vendor out of a converted car.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
In Lancashire, a police constable greets local farmers gathering hay.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
In Lancashire, two women rest from work to enjoy a picnic lunch in a hayfield.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
In Crowland, Lincolnshire, a farmer poses in front of his cart. Decoy Farm now houses a recycling center and housing estate.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
The Clock House, in Buckinghamshire. This grand house used to be a hospice, but nowadays is a guesthouse.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
The Cunard SS "Mauretania", in the docks of Southampton, Hampshire.
England, 1920s, color, photographs
People boarding a double-decker bus in central London.
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