London Low Life

Also known as: Street Culture, Social Reform and the Victorian Underworld

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London Low Life is a collection of digitized primary sources documenting popular culture in 19th and early 20th century London.

A wide variety of material types are included, such as fast literature, street ephemera (posters, advertising, playbills, ballads, and broadsides), penny fiction, cartoons, chapbooks, street cries, tourist guides and topographies, and swells’ guides to London prostitution, gambling, and drinking dens.

The documents are drawn from the holdings of the Lilly Library, the rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library of the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington.

Among its topics are the underworld, slang, working-class culture, street literature, popular music, urban topography, ‘slumming’ , Prostitution, the Temperance Movement, social reform, Toynbee Hall andpolice and criminality.

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Date Coverage

  • 19th to early 20th century

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