Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Edwardian life : London Smog

The word 'smog' was coined in 1905, to designate the astringent, wheezy brew of smoke and fog that seemed to have settled semi-permanently over cities by the end of the nineteenth century, it named the blending of two substances that were themselves already composites: smoke, which suspends soot in air, and fog, which suspends water in air. In Edwardian London, smog filled the air because of the many factories.

When the 1906 Liberal Government won a landslide victory, the new Cabinet was summoned to see the King but on the way back the smog was so bad they had to feel their way back using the local houses to feel their way.

Edwardian London

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