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Vintage Photos - Kids Finding Fun on the Streets of London

 Thurston Hopkins was one of Britain’s greatest photojournalists. Working for Picture Post (a magazine published in the United Kingdom from 1938 to 1957), the photographer captured the spirit and humanity of 1950s Britain through several poignant images. The ones that really stood out from that collection were his photos of rambunctious children having fun on the streets of London. 

Published in Picture Post as a photo essay named “Children of the Streets,” these images showcase the daily life of kids enjoying their time off from school in the summer – from playing silly games and goofing around to just relaxing by the side of the street. They give us a glimpse of a simpler time long gone by when all you needed was to do a bit of mischief down the street with your buddies. We feature 16 of these fascinating black-and-white pictures below. Take a look.

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1. Boys playing with bows and arrows in the streets

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, boys

2. Look at my moves!

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, moves

3. Two young girls sitting in an old wicker chair left by the road

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, Two young girls

4. A little girl with her doll

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, doll

5. Finding fun in the simplest of things...

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, playing

6. Nothing better than a cold drink on a summer day!

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, haircut

7. "Shootout" in progress

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, Shootout

8. All set to roll...

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, roll

9. Time to relax after a long day of fun and games

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets,

10. A girl draws in chalk on a wall

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets,draws wall

11. A game of football in progress

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, football

12. So many different moods captured in one frame 

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, moods

13. All aboard! 

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, van

14. Who can stop you from having fun when you are on 'Play Street'?

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, Play Street

15. Playing requires effort too!

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets,

16. Children playing in the rubble on a London bombsite

Vintage Pics of Children on London Streets, rubble
All images source: Izismile
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