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Old photo: A group photo of the rich and poor second generations in Britain in 1937
2024/06/05

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This is a photo of five boys in 1937. The name of the photo is "Toffs and Toughs".

In the photo, the two upper-class teenagers are Peter Wagner and Thomas Tim Dyson, wearing the school uniform of Harrow School - vest, top hat, corsage and cane. This photo was taken during the cricket match between Eton and Harrow, two famous secondary schools.

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Cricket originated in the UK and is known as the sport of the nobility. They are waiting for Wagner's father to pick them up to Wagner's country home in Luss Hill for the weekend.

On the right are three civilian children in plain clothes, 13-year-old students George Salmon, Jack Catlin and George Young, from the local Church of England primary school. The three of them went to the dentist that morning and decided to play truant because the match was an opportunity to make money.

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They opened doors for taxis and carried luggage to earn money.

However, the life opportunities of several children were different in the following period.

Two upper-class children:

Thomas Tim Dyson, the child facing the camera, was arranged by his parents to spend the summer vacation in India a year after taking the photo.

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