In Thousands of Similar Basements Live Tens of Thousands of Similar Folk: Yet Each Is Different

Bert Hardy

Silver gelatin print by Bert Hardy, printed in 1985, titled "In Thousands of Similar Basements Live Tens of Thousands of Similar Folk: Yet Each Is Different". Originally published in Picture Post Vol. 42, No. 2, January 8, 1949. Story titled "Life in the Elephant", about everyday life in London's Elephant and Castle neighbourhood. Caption in magazine reads: "There are countless rooms like it at the Elephant, innumerable folk in the same image. Yet every one is special. The hunger, the love, the dreams and imaginations, are all shared by all, yet particular to each. One contemplates a new job, another a new boy-friend. Somebody plans to bath a baby. Somebody plans to burgle a baker's. Somebody wonders if her husband's untrue. Somebody wonders how much he'll make tonight at his chestnut can."

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