Making Firewood from Scrap: c.1900

John Galt

 
Making Firewood from Scrap: c.1900
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 27cm

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In the back yard of this home in Bethnal Green, John Galt, an amateur photographer and missionary, photographed a family man making firewood from stacks of scrap wood. The firewood would have been sold to local families to heat water for cooking and washing. The man holding the baby was a cat's meat man by trade, who sold cheap horsemeat to families for pet food.
This photograph was one of many Galt produced to show conditions in the East End and the work of the London City Mission. His intention was often to show that, contrary to popular middle-class belief, the people of the East End were worthy of salvation.

© Ian Galt/ Museum of London

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