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Sunday Bird Fair on Sclater Street: c.1900

John Galt

Sunday Bird Fair on Sclater Street: c.1900
3 0 c m
actual image size: 27cm x 22cm

Full image caption

This is a photograph of the Sunday Bird Fair on Sclater Street, just to the north of Brick Lane. Every Sunday the thriving market sold live animals and birds. John Galt, a local missionary and amateur photographer photographed countless varieties of birds including larks, thrushes, canaries, pigeons and parrots which were on sale to the public. Displayed in small cages and some wrapped in pocket-handkerchiefs, the birds were hung along the walls of the three and four storey buildings. More birds and animals were on sale inside the shops. Missionaries from the London City Mission often approached busy market places to spread the word of God to those who may not otherwise enter a church.
This photograph was one of many Galt produced to show conditions in the East End and the work of the mission. His intention was often to show that, contrary to popular middle-class belief, the people of the East End were worthy of salvation.

Image Details

1900 AD - 1907 AD
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