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Charles Chusseau-Flaviens, Photographer

May 9, 2021
by the gentle author

Petticoat Lane

Photographer Charles Chusseau-Flaviens came to London from Paris and took these pictures, reproduced courtesy of George Eastman House, before the First World War – mostly likely in 1911. This date is suggested by his photograph of the proclamation of the coronation of George V which took place in that year. Very little is known of Chusseau-Flaviens except he founded one of the world’s first picture agencies, located at 46 Rue Bayen,  and he operated through the last decade of the nineteenth and first decade of the twentieth century. Although their origin is an enigma, Chusseau-Flaviens’ photographs of London and especially of Petticoat Lane constitute a rare and precious vision of a lost world.

Petticoat Lane

Sandys Row with Frying Pan Alley to the right

Proclamation of the coronation of George V, 1911

Crossing sweeper in the West End

Policeman on the beat in Oxford Circus, Regent St

Beating the bounds for the Tower of London, Trinity Sq

Boats on the Round Pond, Kensington Gardens

Suffragette in Trafalgar Sq

Photographs courtesy George Eastman House

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. John Daltrey permalink
    May 9, 2021

    These photos are simply fantastic.
    I want to say you too are simply fantastic GA. I have been reading your daily blog almost from the beginning, I think in 2009. I cannot believe you are still producing such interesting , captivating stories, pictures, emotions of people and streets from this small area of London. I look forward to it every day. I was born in Bethnal Green in 1944 and although I no longer live there, I never really left.
    So, although I have thanked you before, I thank you again most sincerely for all you have done and I hope most strongly will continue to do
    John Daltrey

  2. Sharon permalink
    May 9, 2021

    Fascinating photographs of a world that would have been familiar to my grandparents. Sobering too, considering the world and life-shattering events that were to follow in the years to come. How it would have changed the lives especially of the youngsters playing on the street corner and those innocently enjoying the sailing boats on the pond..

  3. May 9, 2021

    Striking how very few women are present in these photographs – except of course for the valiant suffragette!

  4. May 9, 2021

    Might the third & fifth images down (of the main photographs), with clusters of men in bowler hats & caps, be of Brick Lane looking north towards Truman’s Brewery ? The plaque address on a facing wall might pinpoint where it was (& could probably be read if enlarged). Many thanks for showing us all these very interesting images of a gone past

  5. Bernie permalink
    May 9, 2021

    Two thoughts: 1. My father (b. 1896) could have been a youngster amidst the crowd along Petticoat Lane; he lived nearby. 2. In response to Caroline Murray: the dearth of females is surely not too surprising. In my family, for example, my mother would have been preparing the Sunday lunch and my sister might have been helping her.

  6. James Keltz permalink
    May 9, 2021

    No matter how wonderful those pictures I can’t help wondering how many of those men would soon die in that stupid war that is just around the corner

  7. Kelly Holman permalink
    May 9, 2021

    What wonderful photographs, thank you. The suffragette picture is particularly striking and lead me on to read more of Sir Rufus Isaacs and his actions with regard to the suffragettes as Attorney General at the time. I love how each day brings new things to research as a result of reading your pieces.

    Hear Hear John Daltrey. Very well said.

  8. paul loften permalink
    May 9, 2021

    What a great variety of headgear on display. The flat cap stall must have been a shrine for the working class lads. My vote goes to the roadsweeper with his finely perched cap “Up yours mate”

  9. Sam permalink
    May 9, 2021

    Great pictures..thanks you Jane Yetter

  10. Saba permalink
    May 9, 2021

    A man’s world, indeed. I understand more about the creativity and bravery of the suffragettes.

  11. Rod permalink
    May 10, 2021

    Many thanks gentle author for these wonderful photographs. I was just wondering if anyone can read the number on the collar of the policeman standing outside of JAYS. I have just written a book, currently with my publishers, about the police in the Victorian era and I would love to find out who this officer is. I believe that it should start with a D, as D division patrolled Oxford Street and Regent Street.

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