Jul 8, 2022
Jul 8, 2022
Jul 8, 2022

Street Advertising

Street Life in London

Street Advertising


John Thomson

(British, 1837–1921)


Gift of Sharon & Del Zogg in honor of Wendy Watriss and Frederick C. Baldwin (1929-2021), co-founders of Fotofest, Houston, Texas 2022.78


Did you know?

Mme. Tussaud’s wax museum in London was founded in 1835.


The poster being pasted up by the two men in the late 1870s is an ad for Mme. Tussaud’s London, a museum of wax figures that is still in business today. The image was part of John Thomson’s publication Street Life in London, a group of essays and photographsthat was one of the first published compilations of social documentary photographs. It holds a place of honor in the histories of photography, the book, ethnology, and sociology.

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