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Filename: aa076470.jpg

Size: 6000 x 6000 (15.4MB)

Date: 31st July 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Piccadilly a076470

PICCADILLY, London. Stationary traffic along a busy Piccadilly at night, showing a London taxi cab for hire, and the illuminated signs of Piccadilly Circus and Lillywhites in the background. Photographed by John Gay during the 1950 s

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This evocative black-and-white photograph captures the bustling energy of Piccadilly, a iconic London thoroughfare, during the 1950s. Taken by renowned British photographer John Gay, the image showcases the vibrant nightlife of the area, with the stationary traffic creating a mesmerizing pattern of tail lights against the darkened streets. The heart of the scene is a London taxi cab, its "For Hire" sign illuminated, ready to transport passengers through the urban labyrinth. In the background, the illuminated signs of Piccadilly Circus and Lillywhites stand out against the night sky, casting an ethereal glow over the scene. Piccadilly Circus, with its iconic statue of Eros and the surrounding neon advertisements, has long been a symbol of London's vibrant culture and nightlife. Lillywhites, a famous sporting goods store, adds to the urban landscape, its sign advertising a wide range of goods for the active Londoner. The photograph captures the unique atmosphere of London during this era, with its blend of history, culture, and constant movement. The stationary traffic, the illuminated signs, and the London taxi cab all come together to create a snapshot of a bygone era, inviting us to imagine the stories of the people and the city that once filled this bustling London street.

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