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Dragan Novakovic’s Club Row

August 3, 2020
by the gentle author

In this second selection of East End market photography by Dragan Novaković from the late seventies, we include rare pictures of the ancient Club Row animal and bird market which closed in 1983 when street trading in live animals became outlawed

Photographs copyright © Dragan Novaković

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  1. paul loften permalink
    August 3, 2020

    So many familliar faces . My first Budgie from Club Row lasted in its cage for 30minutes . I must have been five years old. It was blue and it was in its cage when my parents were out of the room I put my hand in the cage, I wanted to hold it . It saw his opportunity it flew between my arm and the cage door and straight out of an opening in the top of the window it happened in a flash . I went into the kitchen in tears and told my parents . We saw it outside the house in a tree but despite hours trying to coax it down it woudnt come back. Next week we went again and bought a green one and we had Popsy for about 13 years . He was a talker and had a repertoire of crystal clear phrases such as ” pretty boy” and a great whistle . What a talented fellow he was.! I never forget the sadness of the day we took him to the vet with an infection ,which they said was Bumblefoot and they told us he would have to be put to sleep.
    The visits to Club Row in the late seventies became guilt ridden when we realised from speaking to those who demonstrated there it was not a good place for animals and stopped going .

  2. August 3, 2020

    So many People with so many own Dreams and own Hopes… what became of them?

    Love & Peace

  3. August 3, 2020

    I have Enjoyed these Pictures So much!! Thank You So Very Much!!???????

  4. Richard permalink
    August 4, 2020

    Brings back memories. Thanks.

  5. August 4, 2020

    Thank you so much, what absolutely wonderful photos of Club Row, and extra special as my Father always had a tale to tell about this market!

    My Father, who was born in 1919, grew up in the East End, often told us about the dogs that the family bought from Club Row. They apparently never lasted long, as they regularly escaped, to run back to the owners that had originally sold them!! Very well trained indeed, and devastating once again, for the family!!

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