The Teds

My favourite thing of today is the book The Teds, with photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins, originally published in 1979.

“In early 1954, on a late train from Southend, someone pulled the communication cord. The train ground to a halt. Light bulbs were smashed. Police arrested a gang dressed in Edwardian suits. In April two gangs, also dressed Edwardian-style, met after a dance. They were ready for action: bricks and sand-filled socks were used. Fifty-five youths were taken in for questioning. The following August Bank Holiday the first ‘Best Dressed Ted Contest was held. The winner was a twenty-year-old greengrocers assistant. The Teddy Boy myth was born.”

 

 

 

 

 

Brothers. Red Deer, Croydon 1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tongue Tied Danny’s wedding, 1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derby. Blue Boar 1976

 

Advertisements

One response to “The Teds

  1. awesome shots. great selection

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s