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Filename: aa084475.jpg

Size: 4370 x 4327 (10.9MB)

Date: 7th December 2017

Source: Historic England

Credit: © Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

Job Title: Photographer

© Historic England Archive

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A helping hand a084475

Highgate Hill, Greater London. A policeman shovelling grit under the wheel of car that is stuck on a snowy road. Photographed by John Gay, 1950s-60s

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Media ID 14483490

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Cold People Snow Transport Winter


FEATURES IN THESE COLLECTIONS

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Seasons > Seasons: Winter > Snow

> Seasons > Seasons: Winter

> Transport > Road transport > Cars

> Transport > Road transport


EDITORS COMMENTS
In this print titled "A helping hand" we are transported back to the frosty streets of Highgate Hill, Greater London in the 1950s-60s. The image beautifully captures a moment of camaraderie and resilience amidst a winter wonderland. Snow blankets the ground, creating an ethereal backdrop that contrasts with the starkness of urban life. At the center of attention stands a dedicated policeman, his uniform adorned with snowflakes as he selflessly assists a stranded motorist. With determination etched on his face, he wields a shovel to carefully scatter grit under the wheels of a car trapped in icy grip. This act symbolizes not only his duty to protect and serve but also embodies the spirit of unity within communities during challenging times. The scene is reminiscent of an era when people relied heavily on public transport, where every journey was an adventure against unpredictable weather conditions. It serves as a poignant reminder that even in freezing temperatures, human warmth can prevail over adversity. Photographer John Gay masterfully captures this timeless moment frozen in history, allowing us to reflect upon our own experiences battling through winters past. As we gaze at this remarkable photograph from Historic England's collection, we cannot help but be inspired by both its visual beauty and its underlying message: that compassion and assistance can melt away any obstacle encountered along life's wintry roads.

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