|Eltham High Street|
As our scanner has taken a holiday, I was forced back on taking a picture from a picture, using a camera.
Still they capture scenes which have almost passed out of living memory, because while neither Woolwich or Eltham changed that much during the 1950 and 60s, these three images date from the very early 1950s if not back into the decade before.
And that makes them quite special, but for me there is another reason and that is they come from a book I thought lost.
It is a fascinating book which is now a piece of history. Along with detailed descriptions of Woolwich, Eltham and Plumstead, there is a wealth of information on the services the borough operated, and a shedload of adverts for firms many of which will have ceased trading ages ago.
Leaving me just to observe that the presence of tram tracks and overhead cables might fix the time to some time before that last tram ran.
Although both rails and cables didn't vanish straight away.
Location; the Borough of Woolwich
Pictures, Eltham High Street, Hare Street and Thomas Street, circa 1950, from the Official Guide to the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich, Wells of Woolwich