Soho, London, 5 November 1955

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The corner of Old Compton Street and Greek Street, looking east towards Charing Cross Road.
The "I am a Camera" poster evokes memories of "Cabaret" with Judi Dench as Sally Bowles (played in the film as can be seen in the poster by Julie Harris). I saw this show some years after this photo was taken at the Palace Theatre only a stone's throw from the location of this shot. Flickr member "wjvanb" has kindly provided me with 1968 as the date of the first performance.

Umschauen, sheenachristina, and 57 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. ✿ willem ツ 79 months ago | reply

    Hats and caps were on the way out by this time. I never understood why. We lose most of our body heat via our heads.

    This image, but now.

    I enjoy this photograph so much. I keep coming back to it.

  2. ThirstyKat 75 months ago | reply

    Humber Pullman on left. Huge things I used to drive my Uncles one, he was 5ft 1 inch tall!! Just like today with the huge 4x4,s a bit of compensation I think!!! *-))))

  3. Soho Lisa @ Soho People 61 months ago | reply

    Hello!
    Would love to add your photos with you permission to the new, free Soho website www.sohopeople.co.uk and have your thoughts and opinions on the changing face of Soho.
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    Soho Lisa

  4. Dave Wood Liverpool Images 56 months ago | reply

    Is that Peter Cook walking towards you? I love this shot.

  5. allhails 56 months ago | reply

    Strangely, Peter Cook's famous Soho "Establishment Club" opened in 1961 a few feet away from the Cook lookalike, approximately where the "I am a Camera" poster stands.

  6. JuliaGertrud In London 48 months ago | reply

    Another delightful photo.
    Did you actually see Judi Dench playing Sally Bowles? That must have been marvelous.

  7. allhails 48 months ago | reply

    Yes, it is difficult now to envisage Judi Dench as Sally, but she was terrific in the role.

  8. Loco 1955 COMMENT OR BLOCKED NOT JUST FAVORITE 38 months ago | reply

    Love the photo and the comment's of whats there now. ;-))

  9. mikeyashworth 37 months ago | reply

    The arched windowed room above the snack bar appear to be used in the 1963 Peter Seller's film "The Wrong Arm of the Law" with a few shots out looking down Old Compton St.

  10. Beatley 33 months ago | reply

    Great shot, Ed's Diner now where that snack bar is.
    ~ Commented with Flickr Studio for iPad.

  11. Jelltex 19 months ago | reply

    A corker of a shot.

  12. Paul Steptoe Riley 2 months ago | reply

    Totally amazing to see this picture, a great documentary street shot.

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