Mail OnlineShoe-shine stands and a crowded Lido: The pictures which capture everyday life in London as it emerged from the austerities of war.

  • Previously unseen collection of photographs to go on display
  • The exhibition shows everyday life in the capital throughout the 50s and 60s

By Kerry Mcqueeney
PUBLISHED: 11:20 GMT, 18 May 2012 | UPDATED: 11:54 GMT, 18 May 2012
At first glance these black and white photographs seem to show little more than the humdrum of everyday city life.
But on closer inspection, it’s clear they capture London in its state of recovery as it emerged from the austerities of war.
Because experts believe them to be so unique, the previously unseen pictures are now part of an exhibition to be shown at the Museum of London.
Photographer Frederick Wilfred’s street life collection displays the nostalgic charm familiar to post-Second World War photography.

Despite the fact he was little-known, Wilfred – who died in 2010 – was an award-winning professional photographer specialising in portraiture.
Born in Islington in 1925, Wilfred was served in the RAF as an airframe fitter repairing Sunderland flying boar before being transferred to the Army in 1944.
He then served in a tank regiment in India and Burma. Wilfred worked as chief photographer for the Hawker Siddeley Aviation during the 1950s, capturing images and Cinefilm of the Hawker P1127 Kestrel’s early flying trials.

He opened a camera shop near Hampton Court in the late 1950s, which was later followed by the launch his own commercial and portrait studio in nearby Hampton Hill.
He lived in and around Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington until his death in 2010.
During the late-1950s and mid-1960s, he made a series of remarkable documentary photographs of London street life which are to be displayed at the Museum of London.

The museum acquired the archive of 134 street images in 2011.
Among the works on display are shots of the now lost Twickenham Lido, street-sweepers and news-vendors, and the iconic Battersea Power Station pouring smoke from all four chimneys.
The Frederick Wilfred exhibition – from June 16 to July 8 – is part of the Museum of London’s Summer of Photograph.