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A man walking through a backstreet of the Gorbals area of Glasgow

31st January 1948: A man walking through a backstreet in the run-down Gorbals area of Glasgow. The Gorbals tenements were built quickly and cheaply in the 1840s, providing housing for Glasgows burgeoning population of industrial workers. Conditions were appalling; overcrowding was standard and sewage and water facilities inadequate. The tenements housed about 40, 000 people with up to eight family members sharing a single room, 30 residents sharing a toilet and 40 sharing a tap. By the time this photograph was taken 850 tenements had been demolished since 1920. Redevelopment of the area began in the late 1950s and the tenements were replaced with a modern tower block complex in the sixties. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4499 - The Forgotten Gorbals - pub. 1948 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images)

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Bert Hardy

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1940 1949 Glasgow Portrait Male Back Poverty Rear View Residential District Sadness Scotland Scotland Black Single Slum Social Issues Walking Backstreet Gorbals


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A Glimpse into the Forgotten Gorbals: A man walks through a desolate backstreet in the run-down Gorbals area of Glasgow, captured on January 31st, 1948. This haunting photograph by Bert Hardy offers a poignant reflection of the dire living conditions endured by Glaswegian industrial workers during this era. The Gorbals tenements, hastily constructed in the mid-19th century to accommodate the city's booming population, were notorious for their appalling conditions. Overcrowding was rampant, with up to eight family members crammed into a single room. Inadequate sewage and water facilities further exacerbated these hardships. By the time this image was taken, demolitions had already claimed 850 tenements since 1920. The redevelopment efforts that followed in the late 1950s ultimately replaced these dilapidated structures with modern tower blocks in the sixties. In this portrait-like composition, we witness a lone figure navigating through an environment steeped in sadness and poverty. His silhouette against crumbling buildings serves as a stark reminder of social issues plaguing urban areas at that time. Bert Hardy's evocative photograph not only captures a specific moment but also encapsulates an entire era marked by struggle and resilience. It stands as an archival testament to both human endurance amidst adversity and Glasgow's transformative journey towards progress.

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