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The Old Gates Of London

January 1, 2018
by the gentle author

Today I present these handsome Players Cigarette Cards from the Celebrated Gateways series published in 1907. As we contemplate the going-out of the old year and the coming-in of the new, they give me the perfect opportunity to send you my wishes for your happiness in 2018.

You may also like to take a look at these other sets of cigarette cards

John Player’s Cries of London

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Faulkner’s Street Cries

Julius M Price’s London Types

12 Responses leave one →
  1. Sarah Johnson permalink
    January 1, 2018

    Beautiful. Never seen them before.

  2. Ron Bunting permalink
    January 1, 2018

    1760 to 1770 seems to have been a great time for those in Gate demolition game. imagine the traffic today if they survived ?

  3. January 1, 2018

    We blame the mid-twentieth century for the loss of many important London buildings, but the mid-eighteenth century seems to have been just as guilty. Thanks for sharing these interesting old images with us.

  4. John Campbell permalink
    January 1, 2018

    Interesting that many of these gates were demolished around the same time (1760’s). I assume London was expanding and the increase in population and traffic numbers brought about the demise of these ancient fortifications.

  5. Ros permalink
    January 1, 2018

    The goings out and the comings in
    And many more to you gentle author

  6. Helen Breen permalink
    January 1, 2018

    New Year’s greetings from freezing Boston,

    GA, I enjoyed the review of these landmark gates, so essential to early London but later disposed of because they hindered traffic. Yet so many names remain.

    The best to you and your readers for 2018. Missing London today …

  7. January 1, 2018

    Absolutely fascinating. I so enjoy hearing how London names were derived, how any names were derived actually, and this has been a worthy lesson. Thank you.

  8. pauline taylor permalink
    January 1, 2018

    At least there is one thing to thank tobacco companies for, the informative cigarette cards like these. Thank you for this selection GA and every good wish to you and all your many readers for 2018.

  9. Charlotte Hunter permalink
    January 2, 2018

    Lovely. How I wish more of these old gates still stood so those of us who love architecture could explore and admire. Thank you for sharing these with us.

  10. Kitanz permalink
    January 2, 2018

    Beautiful Pictures of John Players and Sons. Good Pictures, Bad Cigarettes !!

  11. Lisa Pool permalink
    January 2, 2018

    So evocative, thanks for sharing these. I wonder what body decided on their demolition in the 18th century-would it be the corporation of London? Are there ANY traces of any left?

  12. January 2, 2018

    Happy New Year! At least there’s one to visit today. Shame it’s not a pub still!

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