Bus in a crater, 1940, in colour

These pictures were taken by William Vandivert in September 1940. Vandivert was a staff photographer for LIFE magazine, and a founder of Magnum Photos.

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10 comments to Bus in a crater, 1940, in colour

  • VonsterVon

    wow…that’s unbelievable, almost surreal. we live in an age of special effects…hard to believe the true horror of this time.

  • Jimmy A

    Any idea of location?

  • John Simpson

    Balham it looks like.

  • John Simpson

    Balham High Road to be more precise. I’ve checked and I’m definitely right. Picture 3 shows a Sainsbury’s on the right that is still there today, albeit in a new building.

  • Jimmy A

    Ah yes - got it - I think the link below should work


  • Chris

    That is very cool indeed, Jimmy…

  • Dan

    Wow, thanks for the location guys, really gives a great perspective!!

  • Hugo E

    These are iconic images of a major disaster at Balham Tube Station on 14 October 1940. Contrary to popular belief Tube stations were not immune from serious damage from bombs:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balham_station

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  • Matt A

    Great pictures. I believe this is the crater from the bomb that killed 66 people in the tube station below, as it fractured a water main and sewer and the tunnels flooded. The bomb fell on 14th October 1940.

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