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"Queue of unemployed men, Stepney, London, 1938."

"Saidman, Reuben"

3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


"A photograph taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper in 1938. A man sweeps the streets next to a queue of smiling men outside a Labour Exchange. In December 1938, Stepney Borough Council organised a week's work for 500 unemployed people to help them over the Christmas period. By the end of 1930 there were over 2 million unemployed in Britain, with soup kitchens and hunger marches becoming a feature of urban life. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers. "

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