Archival black and white photos of Piccadilly Circus in 1928
• Archival black and white photos of Piccadilly Circus in 1928
As soon as the sun disappears behind the horizon, at Piccadilly Circus neon signs light up and everything is changing, playing with new colors. Gorgeous retro photos area, as it was in 1928, gives us a unique opportunity to see Piccadilly in that distant time, when people are well treated and without our modern technology.
Piccadilly Circus - square and traffic intersection in the central London district of Westminster. Created in 1819 as the isolation between Piccadilly and Regent Street. Then they added another Street, Shaftesbury Avenue.
Sometimes the word circus mistranslated as a "circus". In fact, it is a word meaning "circle" - a designation is very popular in England practice organization by creating traffic roundabouts (although some of the "Circus" in London are the usual crossroads, such as Oxford Circus). Since 1906, under the square of the same name located station two subway lines.
Piccadilly Circus - a favorite meeting place for Londoners. There are dating or just chat with friends and acquaintances. In many ways, this contributed to the popularity of the area very convenient location - it is on several roads to nearby attractions. On top there are no problems with transport - this is one of the busiest intersections in the world.
Another interesting detail Square - neon signs. Now their is no surprise, because these are in each city. But it is worth noting that for the first time this kind of advertising has appeared here in the early 20th century and was made of the conventional light bulbs.
Main attractions Piccadilly Circus - a huge neon signs and a statue, installed in 1892 to commemorate the philanthropic activities of Lord Shaftesbury, the famous Victorian philanthropist. Created by the sculptor Sir Alfred Gilbert, the statue depicts Anteros and represents "a mature and deliberate love, as opposed to Eros - frivolous and windy tyrant." Anteros was the younger twin brother of Eros.
It is interesting that many advertisers place their signage for decades, despite the high cost of rent. Billboard lights are turned off only on special occasions - for example, on the day of death of Princess Diana in 1997.