Photos of London from 1991

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by mod, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. mod

    mod A modernist

    I was a 17 year old Londoner in 1991. These photos feel like they are from a long time ago, which it was I guess, but they still shocked me a bit.

    London In 1991
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2018
  2. porp

    porp Well-Known Member

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I don't bother with Londonist much now, so would have missed this. Similar age and the photos shocked me a bit but also reinforced my memory- London really was more washed out and dingy then. Hypercolour travelcards are something they should definitely revisit!
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  3. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    I moved to London in 1989 , don't remember those hypercolour travel cards:D I do remember loving the route master buses and all that jumping on and off malarkey :cool:
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  4. mod

    mod A modernist

    Was telling my 7 year old daughter about this recently. She wouldn't believe me and asked for 'evidence on YouTube'.
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  5. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Some special railway shots here - mind you a green 4-SUB (4732 for the record) going into Charing Cross was not "normal" - some sort of special working I reckon.
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  6. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    1991 was after I'd left the first time, and before I moved back. I've always had a great fondness for London.(Apart from the cold weather) I wish I could afford to move back there.
  7. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Strange how dated the images look, twas only yesterday.
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  8. BCBlues

    BCBlues Lend us a Twenner

    Agreed, some of those snaps look more 70s than 90s especially the Odeon on Marble Arch despite the very 90s Rocky V billing

    Nice find mod
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  9. telbert

    telbert Do you like sponge?

    I worked on construction of Ensign House ( The white building in the background of the DLR photo).Seems like a fucking lifetime ago.
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  10. mod

    mod A modernist

    I actually doubted these were from 1991 when I first seen them. Looked it up and Rocky V did indeed come out here in 1991.Bloody dreadful looking film....

  11. porp

    porp Well-Known Member

    So true. It's pathetic to look back, but surfing off the platform of a No 7 bus going fast around the tight curves of Russell Square, followed by the perfectly judged still-moving step off. Skills!
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  12. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    Also running after the bus , grabbing the bar and swinging on to it :thumbs:
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  13. BCBlues

    BCBlues Lend us a Twenner

    We used to call that "doing an Aretha" from the lyrics in "Say A Little Prayer"
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  14. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

    from memory, it was put in to green livery for its last few months of normal service, but that was on the SW section so would not have worked in to Charing X in regular service. Then (with the 2-BIL) it was on special events for a few years
  15. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Exactly - had a cab ride on it back from Basingstoke one evening :thumbs:
  16. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    Did no one else find it odd/disappointing that so few of the photos featured people?
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  17. bromley

    bromley ...isn't as good as Lewisham.

    Decent film ruined by Stalone thinking that Rocky dying at the end would be too dark an ending.
  18. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    This is from around the same time (1990 ish) featuring me at about 1:44 :cool: man in white shirt , tie, dark hair :hmm: walking out of the station with a gorgeous woman :cool: (my mate Jane) . I'm also chewing a pen :confused:
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  19. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    We are roughly the same age and I was in (and out) of London also.
    I miss those days. Exciting times.
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  20. mod

    mod A modernist

    Wonderful time to be that age in London if you liked clubbing and raving. golden times.
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  21. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    There’s also that it was a lot harder to take pictures on film in dull dingy weather and not have them look dull and dingy. I quite like that actually.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018
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  22. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    was just about to say
    its more to do with the camera/film grain i think

    (but yeah 91, was the 80s really - and the 80s still had a good covering of the shitness of the 70s running through them. Many London buildings still covered in black soot and grime for example)[​IMG]
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