Pearly Queens on the steps of Eros; c.1960
© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London
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Two Pearly Queen's on the steps of Eros, Piccadilly Circus. The Pearly Kings and Queens were so called because of the large number of pearl buttons that were stitched onto their suits. The Pearly tradition started in London's East End in the 1880s when decorating with buttons was fashionable for both men and women. It is believe to have been Henry Croft who first took this fashion a step further by appearing at a carnival in a suit covered in buttons to raise money for charity.
1960 AD - 1960 AD