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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.

    1. Circa 1950: London Underground rat-catchers with their net and ferrets.

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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.

    3. 1952: Advertisements being pasted up.

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    4. 1952: Tube cleaner.

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    Harry Weatheley, surfacing from a vent under Piccadilly Circus underground station.

    5. 1952: Tube train at Picadilly Circus.

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    6. 1952: Liverpool Street.

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    7. 1952: Kingsway Tram

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    8. 1954: Underground fluffers.

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    9. 1955: Underground life.

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    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.

    11. 1956: Downtown Soho.

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    12. 1956: Piccadilly Circus.

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    13. 1956: Rush hour.

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    14. 1956: Rush hour, London Bridge.

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    15. 1957: Tube music.

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    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.

    17. 1958: Bus strike.

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    18. 1958: Oxford Circus.

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    19. 1958: Oxford Circus.

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    20. 1958: London Bridge

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    21. 1960: Publishing liberalised.

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    22. 1963: Frenchman in London.

    Georges Bidault (1899 - 1983) wanders through London's Piccadilly Circus during his period of exile from France.

    23. 1963: Oxford Circus.

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    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.

    26. 1966: Piccadilly Circus.

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    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.

    29. 1968: Station telephones.

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    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.

    31. 1969: Bus queue.

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    A large queue of commuters wait for a bus during a one-day strike by London Underground.

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