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Photographic archive - Jewish Museum London

The Jewish Museum, after a £10m transformation, is due to reopen in Camden Town on 17 March 2010. Its picture library (over 20,000 images) has been fully digitised as TIFFs or JPEGs, for print or online use. The link to the library can be found here:

The largest category of images in the photographic archive are black and white photographs of Jewish life in London dating from the 1900s to 1940s. Particular strengths include Jewish shops, tailoring workshops, studio portraits of families, school classes and images from Yiddish theatre. Wedding photographs include many examples by the renowned East End photographer Boris Bennett.

Photo: The Frumkin family standing outside their kosher wine and spirits shop on the corner of Commercial Road and Cannon Street Road, c.1912.

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