The history and lights of Piccadilly Circus in tweets covering the period 1900-1980. The lights are currently undergoing testing and will be working once again in October 2017. This is the first of two new posts on the Circus.
Incidentally the first few pictures that are said to be early 1900s are in fact a little later. The one from Ian Visits that is said to be 1907 is a little earlier!
— OldLondonNow (@oldlondonnow) March 19, 2017
Piccadilly Circus, London, c. 1890-1900, photocrome colour print. pic.twitter.com/irjRBkQPK6
— David Bober (@mrdavidboberesq) April 27, 2017
— OldLondonNow (@oldlondonnow) September 3, 2017
Vintage photo – Piccadilly Circus in 1907 pic.twitter.com/QWz66frcsR
— ianVisits (@ianvisits) August 11, 2017
It has been said the lights first appeared in 1910 before changing over to neon in the 1920s. There were lights and adverts well before 1910 but not on the scale that they became known. I love the coloured photo of the Circus. Look at all that traffic!
Flower Sellers at Piccadilly Circus c.1910. pic.twitter.com/izdlI16ypt
— Rob Baker (@robnitm) July 2, 2015
— 山下敦史 (@irootoko_jr) April 15, 2016
Piccadilly Circus, London 1910. pic.twitter.com/Qva1fmWDTQ
— aucharbon (@alcarbon68) July 18, 2017
— HE Archive (@HE_Archive) August 18, 2017
— Sara Sheridan (@sarasheridan) August 15, 2017
We think its bad today in terms of traffic jams but it was bad then! By the 1920s the now classic shape of the Circus is taking place and many of the buildings still here today were present.
— ThePaperCrown (@AlexMoutier) June 10, 2014
— Apostrophe (@Apostrophe99) September 16, 2017
Soho & West End History– Piccadilly Circus 'Premiere' 1930–pic Old London pic.twitter.com/f56mJKrOVJ
— No brands 😴 wear your own😫 (@SohoGeorge) March 10, 2016
Not quite Piccadilly Circus (its actually behind the photographer) nevertheless its a great colourised pic!
— Simon Thompson (@Tunnelbreeze) July 12, 2017
'Old Polly' a flower seller at Piccadilly Circus in 1930. pic.twitter.com/jhCPkqxIhd
— Flashbak.com (@aflashbak) October 16, 2016
Wartime and National War Bonds advertising on the hoarding around Eros. Life goes on as normal. This picture is fascinating because it shows how far the Piccadilly lights used to stretch. Compare that with the one sided light show we have these days!
Piccadilly Circus, London, 1940 pic.twitter.com/Y5VnkmgXKs
— Sports & Betting History (@CDCHistory) August 12, 2017
Piccadilly Circus in 1947. pic.twitter.com/6AGoiJDlvy
— Rob Baker (@robnitm) July 27, 2017
The following picture has been touted as being the 1930s and 1940s in several tweets, however judging by the buses its more like the very early fifties.
Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, London, 1940. I wasn't even born but I would love to be there at that time… pic.twitter.com/pLOfCfCGKZ
— Antonio Cimmino (@cimmino_a) September 7, 2017
— Audrey Wright (@AudreyIsWright) September 15, 2017
History🇬🇧1950s: the great smog! Piccadilly Circus, London, 1952. pic.twitter.com/AQcudm2Kb3
— John Kilwarren (@KilwarrenJohn) September 7, 2017
History🇬🇧1950s: gearing up for the coronation, Piccadilly Circus, London, 1953.👑👑👑👑👑👑👑👑 pic.twitter.com/bhI6k4i2sU
— John Kilwarren (@KilwarrenJohn) September 10, 2017
West End History-Piccadilly Circus towards the 'Pav' 1953 pic.twitter.com/UcM4phVk89
— No brands 😴 wear your own😫 (@SohoGeorge) August 29, 2017
Piccadilly Circus, London, 3 January 1957. Photo by Allan Hailstone. pic.twitter.com/6KwuiNkHdD
— Rob Baker (@robnitm) September 6, 2017
This is a good picture, especially as it shows the Guiness Time advert being rebuilt, changing it from the earlier style to the more recent that lasted from the late fifties to the early 1970s.
Piccadilly Circus in 1958 pic.twitter.com/o49cF1tuFN
— Flashbak.com (@aflashbak) August 23, 2017
— London Lifestyle (@LondonLifestyl1) August 28, 2017
Piccadilly Circus in 1962. pic.twitter.com/HkQ8TPwII7
— Rob Baker (@robnitm) August 31, 2017
— Miranda (@honey_firefly) September 3, 2017
Where would we be without the Beatles! This is the premiere of the Fab Four’s final movie, 20th May 1970. By that time the Beatles had split up and none of them attended the premiere.
— Old London (@GreatestCapital) March 22, 2017
Piccadilly Circus in 1970, 12.25 Guinness Time. pic.twitter.com/uGkX8nVKwS
— Flashbak.com (@aflashbak) October 20, 2015
Piccadilly Circus in 1970 – photo by Harold Slatore. pic.twitter.com/ESODfXy9RG
— Rob Baker (@robnitm) March 2, 2017
Piccadilly Circus in 1972. pic.twitter.com/NMmZtofJ54
— Rob Baker (@robnitm) September 17, 2017
Piccadilly Circus in 1974, photo by Peter Krumme. pic.twitter.com/aYigEUaM0d
— Rob Baker (@robnitm) July 22, 2017
Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, 1980. pic.twitter.com/QS5AdyTF0L
— Rob Baker (@robnitm) May 27, 2017