You need to check out the photographs at the Daily Mail of London, England in the 1800s. Even in the dirt and grime, the every day ordinariness of the photographs makes them absolutely beautiful.
These fascinating black and white pictures taken by photographer John Thompson show the reality of existence in the 1800s when photography was in its infancy.
In 1876 he set out with writer Adolphe Smith and together the pair spoke to people and the shots were later published in magazine, Street Life in London.
Check out more of the photos at Black and white pictures capture the lives of Londoners in the 1800s | Mail Online.
Photo courtesy of The Bishopsgate Institute