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Traffic Collection

"From Manchester's last tram to Euston Arch: A journey through the history of traffic" Step back in time and witness the evolution of traffic

Background imageTraffic Collection: Glasgow, Scotland - The Great Western Road

Glasgow, Scotland - The Great Western Road. Date: 1932

Background imageTraffic Collection: St. Paul's and Ludgate Hill, c. 1887 (oil on canvas)

St. Paul's and Ludgate Hill, c. 1887 (oil on canvas)
CH405696 St. Paul's and Ludgate Hill, c.1887 (oil on canvas) by Logsdail, William (1859-1944); 73.3x55 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christie's Images

Background imageTraffic Collection: Ludgate Circus, London CC97_01518

Ludgate Circus, London CC97_01518
LUDGATE CIRCUS, City of London. A busy street view of Ludgate Circus looking towards St Pauls Cathedral with horse-drawn buses in the foreground and a steam train on the bridge

Background imageTraffic Collection: Blackpool tower and Illuminations, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Blackpool tower and Illuminations, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTraffic Collection: Martin Luther, 95 Theses

Martin Luther, 95 Theses
He nails up his 95 Theses, or Propositions, attacking the Churchs traffic in indulgences, on the door of All Saints Church, Wittenberg

Background imageTraffic Collection: Dundalk, County Louth, Republic of Ireland

Dundalk, County Louth, Republic of Ireland. circa 1970s

Background imageTraffic Collection: Manchesters last tram

Manchesters last tram on its farewell journey, heading for the Depot. A group of people wave from the pavement. Date: 1949

Background imageTraffic Collection: The Car That Touched a Policeman by H. M. Bateman

The Car That Touched a Policeman by H. M. Bateman
An entire queue of traffic, as well as pedestrians stop and look on in horror as a couple driving a small, yellow car accidentally bump an incandescently irate policeman in the middle of the road

Background imageTraffic Collection: O Connell Street, Limerick City, Republic of Ireland

O Connell Street, Limerick City, Republic of Ireland
O Connell Street, Limerick City, County Limerick, Republic of Ireland. circa 1960s

Background imageTraffic Collection: Gas light a066010

Gas light a066010
Kings Cross, London. A street view with an open gas street light in the foreground, two high walls to either side of the road

Background imageTraffic Collection: Spaniards Inn, Hampstead Heath a071901

Spaniards Inn, Hampstead Heath a071901
SPANIARDS INN, Hampstead Heath, Hendon, London. The No. 210 bus driving through the narrow gap between the Spaniards Inn and the old Toll House at the junction of Spaniards Road and Hampstead Lane

Background imageTraffic Collection: High Row, Darlington, County Durham

High Row, Darlington, County Durham
A view of High Row in Darlington, County Durham, showing a clock tower, traffic and shops

Background imageTraffic Collection: Euston Arch a98_05420

Euston Arch a98_05420
EUSTON ARCH, Euston Station, Euston Road, Camden Town, London. Traffic outside the Euston Arch. The arch was designed by Philip Hardwick in 1837 as part of a screen

Background imageTraffic Collection: Piccadilly Circus c. 1893 CC97_00945

Piccadilly Circus c. 1893 CC97_00945
PICCADILLY CIRCUS, Westminster, London. A view of Piccadilly from the west looking towards Coventry Street and showing the London Pavilion

Background imageTraffic Collection: Richmond Park a064398

Richmond Park a064398
RICHMOND PARK, London. A red deer stag on the roadside verge with cars and a coach passing by. Date range January 1962 - May 1964. John Gay

Background imageTraffic Collection: Trafalgar Square J060185

Trafalgar Square J060185
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, City of Westminster, London. An elevated view of the square showing Nelsons Column & National Gallery

Background imageTraffic Collection: Marylebone High Street, London

Marylebone High Street, London. Date: circa 1908

Background imageTraffic Collection: View down Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Village, London

View down Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Village, London
A superb postcard view down Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Village, London - the detial is incredible, with individual shops identifiable, the pavements as busy (as they ever are)

Background imageTraffic Collection: Gyrocopter Beats Traffic

Gyrocopter Beats Traffic
The Campbell Cricket one-man gyrocopter is used for speedy commuting above the traffic and passengers queuing at the bus stop Date: late 1960s

Background imageTraffic Collection: Busy street scene at Spitalfields, East End of London

Busy street scene at Spitalfields, East End of London
A busy street scene at Spitalfields in the East End of London. The location is the junction of Commercial Street and Brushfield Street. The building at the right is Spitalfields Market

Background imageTraffic Collection: Please, Mr Policeman, where is Father Christmas by Matania

Please, Mr Policeman, where is Father Christmas by Matania
In the centre of London, close to Piccadilly Circus, two children stop a policeman from directing traffic to ask him where Father Christmas is

Background imageTraffic Collection: Interior of Komsomolskaya Metro Station, Moscow, Russia, Europe

Interior of Komsomolskaya Metro Station, Moscow, Russia, Europe

Background imageTraffic Collection: Gas street light, Kings Cross a066009

Gas street light, Kings Cross a066009
KINGS CROSS, London. A street view with an open gas street light in the foreground, a three wheeled van approaching and the gasometers at Kings Cross in the distance behind a high wall

Background imageTraffic Collection: Stratford Broadway, Stratford, East London

Stratford Broadway, Stratford, East London, with Samuel Gurney obelisk. Date: circa 1910

Background imageTraffic Collection: Advertisement for The Graphic

Advertisement for The Graphic
A striking advertisement for weekly illustrated magazine, The Graphic (founded 1869 by William Luson Thomas), showing a busy street scene with buses and trams advertising the paper

Background imageTraffic Collection: Busy Brooklyn Bridge the year it opened, 1883

Busy Brooklyn Bridge the year it opened, 1883
Traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, seen from the Manhattan side, 1883. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageTraffic Collection: Stamford / Lincs 1950S

Stamford / Lincs 1950S
A huge sign spanning the street advertises the George Hotel, Stamford, Lincolnshire. There is hardly any traffic, despite signs for both the a and the RAC

Background imageTraffic Collection: Fourth Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia, USA

Fourth Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia, USA
Fourth Avenue (looking east), Huntington, West Virginia, USA. 1915

Background imageTraffic Collection: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China, Asia

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China, Asia

Background imageTraffic Collection: Four views of Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Four views of Dublin, Republic of Ireland. circa 1960s

Background imageTraffic Collection: St Patricks Street and Bridge, Cork City, Ireland

St Patricks Street and Bridge, Cork City, Ireland
St Patricks Street and Bridge, Cork City, Republic of Ireland. circa 1960s

Background imageTraffic Collection: Bus embedded in house, Blackstock Road, London

Bus embedded in house, Blackstock Road, London
Bus embedded in the front of a house in Blackstock Road, London NW4, on 13 January 1974. The car in the foreground was shunted through a garden wall after being struck by the bus

Background imageTraffic Collection: Metropolitan Police officer on traffic duty

Metropolitan Police officer on traffic duty
A Metropolitan Police officer, PC Edward Ridout of Chelsea Police Station, on traffic duty. He is standing by a zebra crossing to help a little boy across the road

Background imageTraffic Collection: DAF 95 XF wide

DAF 95 XF wide load truck carrying a life boat through a small village

Background imageTraffic Collection: Very Long Dachshund Dog

Very Long Dachshund Dog
A very long Dachshund causes a problem for traffic when it crosses the road with his owner. Date: 1918

Background imageTraffic Collection: Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta, India

Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta, India
Grand Hotel, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Date: circa 1905

Background imageTraffic Collection: Bourne & Hollingsworth, Oxford Street, London

Bourne & Hollingsworth, Oxford Street, London
Bourne & Hollingsworth department store, Oxford Street, London. Date: circa 1920

Background imageTraffic Collection: Corner of Baker Street and Dorset Street, Marylebone, London

Corner of Baker Street and Dorset Street, Marylebone, London
National Westminster Bank building on the corner of Baker Street and Dorset Street, Marylebone, London. Date: circa 1905

Background imageTraffic Collection: Facade of Flinders Street station illuminated at night

Facade of Flinders Street station illuminated at night
Facade of Flinders street station illuminated at night in Melbourne

Background imageTraffic Collection: The Royal Albert Hall at night, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

The Royal Albert Hall at night, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTraffic Collection: A train of the Rhaetian Railway on the Landwasser Viaduct, UNESCO World Heritage Site

A train of the Rhaetian Railway on the Landwasser Viaduct, UNESCO World Heritage Site, near Filisur, Canton of Grisons, Switzerland

Background imageTraffic Collection: Putney New Bridge CC63_00030

Putney New Bridge CC63_00030
PUTNEY NEW BRIDGE, Putney, Greater London. The new five span bridge of 1882-6 designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette to replace the 26 span wooden bridge of 1727-9, busy with people and carriages

Background imageTraffic Collection: Poster advertising Johannesburg, South Africa

Poster advertising Johannesburg, South Africa
Poster advertising Johannesburg, the Metropolis of South Africa. A couple in silhouette look down on a bustling city

Background imageTraffic Collection: USA, New York City, Manhattan, Flatiron building

USA, New York City, Manhattan, Flatiron building

Background imageTraffic Collection: St Pauls Cathedral a077337

St Pauls Cathedral a077337
ST PAULS CATHEDRAL, London. Part of the west facade of St. Pauls Cathedral in the City of London, as seen past road traffic on Ludgate Hill to the west, with London buses in the foreground

Background imageTraffic Collection: Palace of Westminster CC97_01069

Palace of Westminster CC97_01069
PALACE OF WESTMINSTER, London. A complete view of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben taken from Parliament Square with horse-drawn vehicles in the foreground

Background imageTraffic Collection: Highgate High Street a072784

Highgate High Street a072784
HIGHGATE HIGH STREET, London. A 1967 image of the high street showing an artist painting the view looking west from the pavement outside the entrance to Waterlow Park. Photograph by John Gay

Background imageTraffic Collection: Trafalgar Square J060220

Trafalgar Square J060220
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, City of Westminster, London. An elevated view of the square showing Nelsons Column & the National Gallery at dusk / night



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"From Manchester's last tram to Euston Arch: A journey through the history of traffic" Step back in time and witness the evolution of traffic, as we explore iconic landmarks and moments that shaped our modern transportation system. Starting with a glimpse into the past, we find ourselves aboard Manchester's last tram, a symbol of progress and change. The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead Heath stands witness to countless stories shared over pints by weary travelers seeking respite from their journeys. As gas lights illuminate the streets in Dundalk, County Louth, Republic of Ireland, bustling crowds navigate High Row in Darlington, County Durham. Meanwhile, Blackpool Tower proudly rises above Lancashire's vibrant promenade during its famous illuminations - an annual spectacle that has captivated visitors for generations. O'Connell Street in Limerick City beckons us with its charm and rich history while Martin Luther's 95 Theses remind us of pivotal moments that reshaped society beyond just traffic patterns. H. M. Bateman's whimsical illustration "The Car That Touched a Policeman" adds a touch of humor amidst the chaos on our roads. Ludgate Circus emerges as a bustling hub where St. Paul's Cathedral watches over Ludgate Hill like an unwavering guardian. And finally, we arrive at Euston Arch - once an architectural marvel that greeted travelers entering London. Join us on this captivating journey through time as we unravel the intricate tapestry woven by centuries of human movement and progress – forever shaping how we navigate our world today.