Startling colour images of London Blitz bomb damage, September 1940...

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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8 comments to Startling colour images of London Blitz bomb damage, September 1940…

  • 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’s+Balham+High+Road&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=Sainsbury’s+Balham+High+Road&hnear=&ll=51.444272,-0.152124&spn=0,0.008959&z=17&layer=c&cbll=51.444101,-0.152273&panoid=ZrA8J_Jdcwvs0oTgzKVdMw&cbp=12,34.68,,1,2.18

  • 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:

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