How to wear tailored clothes nonchalantly and with aplomb. Part II.
Magdalen College, Oxford. 1939. Spot the gas masks.
Leaving aside the clothes for a moment, it's fascinating what changes and what stays the same in a city over the decades. Broad Street has a different feel to it now, though it took me a moment to figure out why (pavement is wider, different traffic markings/parking) but the view over Magdalen Bridge down the High Street is near-identical today. But what struck me most was how filthy all the buildings look in those photos. At some point in the intervening decades (probably the 70s or 80s, I'd guess), everything must have been seriously sandblasted clean.