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Cleaning Shells for Manufacture: c.1900

John Galt

Cleaning Shells for Manufacture: c.1900
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 31cm

Full image caption

Inside the barrels of water, shells are being cleaned. The shells were probably sold on to one of the 200 button factories in London at the turn of the century, when mother-of-pearl shell buttons were highly fashionable. A missionary stands behind this hard-working family man.
John Galt, a missionary with the London City Mission and an amateur photographer produced this and other photographs to show the conditions of the East End and the areas in which the mission worked. His intention was 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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