City - London, England - Piccadilly Circus 1900 - Side by Side
Photograph - Colorized Photo
Hand colored photo from 1900 Original title: Piccadilly Circus Photographer: C.H. Graves Location: Piccadilly Circus, London, UK
A really complicated looking scene that is just as complex today, it hasn't changed much. In fact most of these buildings are still here, what you can see of them anyway. That building on the left is on giant TV, its sort of like Times Square there. Every bus has two floors and covered in advertisements. I see no one directing traffic so that must have been fun. And I still wonder if they cornered wrong would the people fall out of the upper section of that bus wagon?
Bet you are wondering how it got this weird name though. Well it all started in 1612, when a respected tailor by the name of Roger Baker became well known for his Piccadillies, (a type of old-fashioned collar made of lace). After awhile his business was known as the Piccadilly by the locals, and this type of circle street junction is known as a circus in England. I doubt the house is still there, but the name stuck, almost willing to bet all the odd names are after people in the past.
That fountain is still there, it's called "Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain", it was installed in 1893. It's often referred to as Ero's (the Greek god of love, due to the cupid), but that's wrong.
September 18th, 2023
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