While life in the period drama Downton Abbey seems picturesque for the most part, London during the 1920s was less than idyllic. The 1921 coal miner’s strike sent the city into a state of emergency; the 1926 labor General Strike ended with no benefits for workers; and the River Thames flooded Central London in 1928. Even though Londoners faced daily strife, war time restrictions had been lifted with World War I ending in 1918, welcoming new advancements like the BBC transmitting its first radio broadcast in 1922 and the first traffic lights being installed at Piccadilly in 1926. This snapshot of 1920s London gives us a feel of what life was like:
Do you feel gritty after looking through the snapshot?