Then and Now: Atlantic Rd north, towards Brixton Rd
Photographic comparisons of old and modern views of Lambeth.
c.1962 A chilly Atlantic Road scene taken from the steps up to the railway station, looking towards Coldharbour Lane.
Pedestrians can be seen flocking around the brightly lit window of 'Stones Television and Radio,' perhaps to watch some football scores or just gaze at the consumer electronics now becoming widely available.
Looking at the original photo, you can just make out the logo of electronics firm, Pye, a then-popular TV/radio manufacturer founded in 1896 in Cambridge (now currently wholly owned by Philips).
Next door can be seen a Wool Shop while a Mens clothes shop occupies the cupola-topped premises on the corner of Electric Avenue.
(pic: English Heritage)
3rd Nov, 2007 Forty-five years later and there's been a dramatic downturn in the fortunes of this part of Atlantic Road.
The once-immaculate shop frontage of number 222 - now a fruit and veg store - looks in a very poor state of repair, while an ugly tarpaulin is draped over what was the Wool Shop.
Predictably, the road is now covered in road markings with traffic levels keeping pedestrians pinned to the pavements.
31st Oct, 2007 Day time scene.
Another view showing the near-derelict condition of the buildings.
27th August, 2009 Some long overdue refurbishment work has revealed the 1960s shop frontage and the Stones Television & Radio sign.
Despite being hidden for several decades, you can still clearly make out the shop name, as well as the fixings for the neon letters.
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