11 Incredible Pictures From The Great Smog Of 1952

12/05/2013 10:49 am 10:49:11 | Updated 05 December 2013

The Great Smog of 1952 took hold on London exactly 61 years ago, claiming an estimated 4000 lives.

A spell of cold weather, combined windless conditions then gathered air particles mainly from the excessive use of coal, which then formed a thick layer of smog over the capital city. Daylight then turned in to dusk-like conditions as the fog crippled the city.

The smog lasted for five days causing major disruption throughout London.

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  • A thick smog envelopes London causing many deaths and injuries London was blanketed by thick fog smogat Ludgate Circus. This picture was taken at 2pm.
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  • A London Transport inspector holding a flare leads a bus out of the terminus at Aldgate East as dense fog again blanketed London, causing widespread traffic chaos.
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  • Postman Robert Baker tests a new featherweight open-top smog mask. At the bottom of the mask is a small plastic tube that releases small amounts of ammonia from crystals to neutralise the atmospheric acids
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  • Double-decker buses circle the Prince Albert statue at Holborn Circus in London, England, in the smog at night.
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  • 'A foggy Piccadilly partially lit by the light from a fruit seller's stall’, 1952. Foggy London scene, 7 December 1952.
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  • A tugboat on the Thames near Tower Bridge in heavy smog.
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  • A man guiding a London bus through thick fog with a flaming torch.
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  • A London bus makes its way along Fleet Street in heavy smog, 6th December 1952.
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  • Mid-morning smog, as seen from the embankment at Blackfriars.
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  • Heavy smog in Piccadilly Circus
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  • Large numbers of people using the underground system to get around London during a period of heavy smog, which hampered transport on the roads.
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