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31 Gorgeous Photos Of The London Underground In The '50s And '60s

Featuring rat catchers, "fluffers", and of course strikes. Have a look at our series from the earliest days here.

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2. 1952: A group of women cleaning one of London's underground tunnels.

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Known as 'fluffers', they would clean the tunnels at night, after the last train had gone and the current had been switched off.

10. 1955: All-night dancing.

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After leaving the 'Club Americana', a Saturday night jazz club open from midnight until 7 a.m., American troops and their girlfriends wait at Piccadilly Circus Station for the first train home, London, 25th November 1955.

16. 1957: Silver trains.

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Sir John Elliott, Chairman of the LTE shaking hands with the driver of the new prototype 'silver' tube train at Northfields station on the Piccadilly line.

24. 1964: Mystery package.

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West Ham manager Ron Greenwood holds the F.A Cup, won by his team against Preston North End the previous Saturday, as he waits for a train on the London Underground, 5th May 1964.

25. 1964: Sikh underground.

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3rd September 1964: Amar Singh, a sikh who works for London Underground, has been allowed to pin his badge to a turban after a protest against having to wear the standard uniform hat.

27. 1966: Matching fur.

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26th August 1966: Actress Louise Thompson crossing the road outside Earls Court underground station, London, with a portable radio covered in ponyskin to match her fur coat.

28. 1968: Tea on the Tube.

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A London Undergroung official drinking a cup of coffee during trials of new automatic trains on a section of the Central Line. The trains are intended for use on the newly opened Victoria underground line.

30. 1969: Foot sore.

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3rd July 1969: Footsore office girls rest their weary feet in Bow, East London, as they make their way to work during a one-day strike by Underground signalmen.

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