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Fascinating Historical Photos of Post-WWII Britain in 1949

The Labour Party in post-WWII England enjoyed its first parliamentary majority in its history, but it faced grave problems. Almost all of Britain’s foreign financial resources were lost during the war. Furthermore, the economy was in disarray. The aircraft industry, for example, was much bigger than it needed to be at the time, while rail lines and coal mines needed equipment and were badly in need of repair. Britain had no way to pay for imports or even food because it had nothing to export.

Railroads and coal mines, which were in any way so rundown that any government would have to take control of them, and the Bank of England were immediately nationalized. Additionally, road transport, docks, and the production of electrical power were nationalized. Unsurprisingly, Britain was also withdrawing from the empire at the same time. India was the most insistent on self-government. Therefore, Britain couldn’t maintain control over colonial territories. It no longer had the military and economic power to hold.

#1 White Tower, London, 1949.

White Tower, London, 1949.

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#2 Trafalgar Square, London, 1949.

Trafalgar Square, London, 1949.

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#3 Trafalgar, London, 1949.

Trafalgar, London, 1949.

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#4 Tower Gate, London, , 1949.

Tower Gate, London, , 1949.

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#5 Tower Bridge, London, 1949.

Tower Bridge, London, 1949.

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#6 Tower of London, 1949.

Tower of London, 1949.

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#7 Threadneedle, London, 1949.

Threadneedle, London, 1949.

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#8 The Tower, London, 1949.

The Tower, London, 1949.

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#9 Buckingham Palace, London, 1949.

Buckingham Palace, London, 1949.

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#10 Thameside, London, 1949.

Thameside, London, 1949.

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#11 Thameside, London, 1949.

Thameside, London, 1949.

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#12 Thameside Industry, London, 1949.

Thameside Industry, London, 1949.

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#13 The Thames, London, 1949.

The Thames, London, 1949.

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#14 St. Paul’s, London, 1949.

St. Paul's, London, 1949.

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#15 St. Paul’s, London, 1949.

St. Paul's, London, 1949.

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#16 Stock Exchange, London, 1949.

Stock Exchange, London, 1949.

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#17 Princess Elizabeth’s House, London, 1949.

Princess Elizabeth's House, London, 1949.

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#18 Piccadilly Circus, London, 1949.

Piccadilly Circus, London, 1949.

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#19 Old Curiosity Shop, London, 1949.

Old Curiosity Shop, London, 1949.

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#20 Off Kensington Road, London, 1949.

Off Kensington Road, London, 1949.

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#21 Near St Jamess Park, London, 1949.

Near St Jamess Park, London, 1949.

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#22 No.10 Downing Street, London, 1949.

No.10 Downing Street, London, 1949.

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#23 Mayfair Hotel, London, 1949.

Mayfair Hotel, London, 1949.

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#24 St Thomas Hospital, London, 1949.

St Thomas Hospital, London, 1949.

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#25 Horseguards, London, 1949.

Horseguards, London, 1949.

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#26 Horseguards, London, 1949.

Horseguards, London, 1949.

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#27 Horseguards, London, 1949.

Horseguards, London, 1949.

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#28 London, 1949

London, 1949

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#29 London, 1949

London, 1949

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#30 London, 1949

London, 1949

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#31 Council House, London, 1949.

Council House, London, 1949.

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#32 Cornhill, London, 1949.

Cornhill, London, 1949.

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#33 Bombed London, 1949.

Bombed London, 1949.

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#34 Bombed London, 1949.

Bombed London, 1949.

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#35 Bombed London, 1949.

Bombed London, 1949.

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#36 Bombed London, 1949.

Bombed London, 1949.

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#37 Bombed London, 1949.

Bombed London, 1949.

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#38 H of P- London, 1949.

H of P- London, 1949.

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#39 Admiralty Arch, London, 1949.

Admiralty Arch, London, 1949.

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#40 Beefeater, Tower- London, 1949.

Beefeater, Tower- London, 1949.

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#41 English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

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#42 Anne Hathaway’s Cottage- Stratford, 1949.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage- Stratford, 1949.

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#43 Anne Hathaway’s Cottage-Stratford- B, 1949.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage-Stratford- B, 1949.

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#44 Avon- Near Warwick, 1949

Avon- Near Warwick, 1949

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#45 English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

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#46 English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

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#47 English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

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#48 English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

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#49 English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

English Countryside From Royal Scot, 1949.

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#50 From Ship, Newcastle-England, 1949.

From Ship, Newcastle-England, 1949.

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#51 From Ship, Newcastle-England, 1949.

From Ship, Newcastle-England, 1949.

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#52 Garden-Hampton Court, England, 1949.

Garden-Hampton Court, England, 1949.

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#53 High Cross-Banbury, England, 1949.

High Cross-Banbury, England, 1949.

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#54 Stoke Poges-Bucks- England, 1949.

Stoke Poges-Bucks- England, 1949.

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#55 Stoke Poges- Bucks- England, 1949.

Stoke Poges- Bucks- England, 1949.

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#56 Stratford-Shakespeare’s Birthplace, 1949.

Stratford-Shakespeare's Birthplace, 1949.

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#57 Warwick Castle- Old Entrance, England, 1949.

Warwick Castle- Old Entrance, England, 1949.

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#58 Warwick Castle- On The Avon, 1949.

Warwick Castle- On The Avon, 1949.

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#59 Warwick-Tudor House Hotel, 1949.

Warwick-Tudor House Hotel, 1949.

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#60 Windsor, England, 1949.

Windsor, England, 1949.

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#61 Windsor, England, 1949.

Windsor, England, 1949.

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#62 Windsor, England, 1949.

Windsor, England, 1949.

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#63 Hampton Court Palace, 1949.

Hampton Court Palace, 1949.

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#64 Bo’ness Scotland, 1949.

Bo'ness Scotland, 1949.

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#65 Cramond Road- Edinburgh, 1949.

Cramond Road- Edinburgh, 1949.

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#66 Bo’ness- Scotland, 1949.

Bo'ness- Scotland, 1949.

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#67 Castle Defenses, Edinburgh, 1949.

Castle Defenses, Edinburgh, 1949.

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#68 Cramond, Edinburgh, 1949.

Cramond, Edinburgh, 1949.

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#69 Entrance To Castle, Edinburgh, 1949.

Entrance To Castle, Edinburgh, 1949.

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#70 Firth of Forth Bridge, Scotland, 1949.

Firth of Forth Bridge, Scotland, 1949.

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#71 Floral Clock-Princes St Park, Edinburgh, 1949.

Floral Clock-Princes St Park, Edinburgh, 1949.

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#72 High St- Edinburgh, 1949.

High St- Edinburgh, 1949.

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#73 Highland Tolbooth St John’s Church, Edinburgh, 1949.

Highland Tolbooth St John's Church, Edinburgh, 1949.

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#74 Holyrood Lamp, Edinburgh, 1949.

Holyrood Lamp, Edinburgh, 1949.

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#75 Hotel Royal British-Edinburgh, 1949.

Hotel Royal British-Edinburgh, 1949.

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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