Friday fish fry: From Billingsgate to WWII whalemeat

By sarah madden, blog editor on 5 Jun 2015
The Super Fried Fish Bar, Soho, at night 1964, taken by Henry Grant

The Super Fried Fish Bar, Soho, at night 1964, taken by Henry Grant

Fridays have traditionally been synonymous with fish, thanks in most part to the Christian tradition of abstaining from meat on Wednesdays and Fridays, but it seems this Friday in particular has been dubbed (on Twitter at least) ‘National Fish and Chip Day’. Well, Londoners love a chippy and as a river city it’s no surprise that there are literally hundreds of fishy objects in the Museum of London’s collection. In a nod to today’s new Fish and Chip Day holiday, here are some of our favourites…

1. Bob Collins‘ photographs of Billingsgate Fish Market in 1958 Read the full postRead the full post

Victorian miracle cures and industrial age marvels: Tallis map advertisements

By jason webber on 14 Mar 2014
Steam powered coffee roaster - an advert from Tallis' Victorian Street Views.

Steam powered coffee roaster – an advert from Tallis’ Victorian Street Views.

With advertising running parallel with consumer society, it isn’t surprising that the advertising boom coincided with the Victorian industrial revolution. With newspapers and other printed materials the main source of information for Londoners, column ads were ubiquitous. Like any modern publication looking to turn a profit, publisher John Tallis looked to local businesses for advertising revenue. Read the full postRead the full post