London strike. Truck under police protection (LOC)

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

London strike. Truck under police protection

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

General information about the Bain Collection is available at

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):

Call Number: LC-B2- 2247-4

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  1. tony lg 86 months ago | reply

    that could be the finger prnt of the photographer.... retouchng old images is a different matter.... the imperfections are part of the image and its personal history...

  2. stevenpemberton 86 months ago | reply

    The date given is wrong. This is the general strike, which happened between 3 and 13 May 1926. If you look carefully you'll see the date in the top right corner mirrored. It says 5/4/26 which, since it is written by an American, means it is 4 May 1926.

  3. br@mbly 86 months ago | reply

    You could well be right, Steven. It looks like 4 May 1926 to me too. But it might be the same 22.4.7 -4 that's written at the bottom of the photo - a reference number rather than a date. These photos come from the Bain News Service collection and were mostly taken in 1911-12. The entire collection spans 1900 - 1920, so it's hard to see how so many photos from 1926 would have crept in among the relatively few of Great Britain.
    This link will tell you more:

  4. conner395 86 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Police History, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  5. conner395 86 months ago | reply

    There were certainly transport strikes during 1911, in which the police had to keep the peace.

    These officers are NOT wearing medal ribbons, which I am sure they would have done had it been post-WWI.

  6. conner395 86 months ago | reply

    Thanks for adding this to the Police History Group

    Seen in Police History (?)

  7. ART NAHPRO 76 months ago | reply

    The police look like City of London police with their distinctive helmets and the heraldic shield in the top right hand corner looks like one of the City heraldic city demarcation symbols .

    It was probably taken along the No 8 Bus route which runs


    So I am not sure if it is Aldwych unless it is running off route because of the strike

  8. Yersinia 76 months ago | reply

    The no 8 bus looks like a B-type, introduced in 1910, so that would fit with 1911.

  9. Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) 74 months ago | reply

    There was a dock strike in London in July of 1912.

    "Mounted police outside a building during the 1912 dockers strike. The pre-war era witnessed massive industrial unrest as dockers, transport workers, miners and other workers pressed for higher wages and better conditions. The strike wave only ended with the outbreak of war in 1914."
    Source: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection

    See images from the Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection:

    There was also a National Coal Strike of 1912.

  10. Steven Beard LRPS [deleted] 70 months ago | reply

    I would say this is in The City and the next time I am their I will pop along and try and find out the exact location and photograph it today.

  11. Yersinia 70 months ago | reply

    Very very tough to do... most of the city was bombed out of existence.

  12. holyharold 70 months ago | reply

    The starched collar on the tradesman on the right, the lack of lamps on the bus and all the boater hats, rather than trilbys, set this earlier than 1926. Even the weather (sharp hat shadows) looks wrong for May '26. Also note the pre WWI absence of women! Compare and the bus in
    I wonder if the date was added to an older photo in order to sell it to US papers during the UK General Strike of '26..?

  13. Yersinia 70 months ago | reply

    I doubt it - if the clothes and buses seem dubious to us at this remove, then surely they would scream out at a contemporary readership. Surely horse-drawn trucks would have been outmoded by 1926?

    I think it must be a reference number, rather than a date.

  14. Yersinia 70 months ago | reply

    Here is a picture from the 1926 General Strike in London:

  15. Mando Maniac 68 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ANYTHING GOES ENGLAND,VINTAGE PHOTOS,POSTCARDS,EPHEMERAetc..., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  16. tbower 65 months ago | reply

    Was it a requirement for London Bobbies to have mustaches?? ;-)

  17. PINTOR DE SOÑOS 63 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called FLICKR PARA LA HISTORIA , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  18. londonstreetart2 37 months ago | reply

    Hi LC,

    This is a nice photograph.

    I've done a bit of writing on London buses at

    And I'd love to feature this photo if possible.

    In return I could provide a credit and a link back to your site.

    What do you say?


  19. The Library of Congress 37 months ago | reply

    @londonstreetart2 -- The historical photographs in the Flickr Commons are offered with "No known copyright restriction" and "No known publication restriction." Your credit and link back are appreciated! -- Helena (LOC)

  20. londonstreetart2 36 months ago | reply

    Hello LOC,

    Thanks for giving me permission to use your photo.

    I have now posted the photo on the article.

    I have provided with you with a credit, and a link, which can be accessed through clicking on your name.

    Is this OK with you?

    If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact me.


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