Out and about in Greenwich London I came across this scene with this Pearly king posing with tourists and raising money for local charities.
The practice of wearing clothes decorated with so-called pearl, actually mother-of-pearl buttons originated in the 19th century. It is first associated with Henry Croft, an orphan street sweeper who collected money for charity. At the time, London costermongers (street traders) were in the habit of wearing trousers decorated at the seams with pearl buttons that had been found by market traders. Croft adapted this to create a pearly suit to draw attention to himself and aid his fund-raising activities. In 1911 an organised pearly society was formed in Finchley, north London.
Croft died in January 1930 and his funeral was attended by 400 followers from all over London, receiving national media coverage. In 1934 a memorial was unveiled to him in St Pancras Cemetery and at a speech to mark the occasion he was said to have raised £5,000 for those suffering in London's hospitals. The statue was later moved to the crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster. The inscription reads:
In memory of Henry Croft who died March 16th 1930 aged 68 years. The original Pearly King. Info Wiki.
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mesutilgim (83056) 2014-01-29 2:58
What a nice portrait ! Really interesting capture informing us on a not much known habit !
Interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
serp2000 (39604) 2014-01-29 3:42
Good presentation of the event.
Excellent cropped photo, good idea to show us two main persons and the blured crowd of spectators on the background.
Just a little story. Well done!
Best wishes from cold Russia!
CLODO (30068) 2014-01-29 4:30
Nice cropped portrait detailling well the hat and vest of this man!
snunney (82591) 2014-01-29 4:30
We don't get many Pearly Kings on TE. This is a splendid close-up portrait that shows exactly why they are so-named. Good control over depth of field to lift him and his companion from the background. Very well exposed with excellent colours and sharpness.
Sergiom (58770) 2014-01-29 5:37
C'est parfait quand on ne sait pas trop quoi faire avec nos vieux boutons.Je me souviens de la vieille boîte de métal de ma mère avec tout un assortiment avec lesquels je jouais pendant des heures.J'aime la profondeur de champs.
timecapturer (48086) 2014-01-29 6:36
lovely shot of this London tradition and character. It is something that I saw a lot as a child living in the smoke. My grandparents were proper cockneys so I think they had some pearly kings and queens as friends. Wonderful people and superb capture.
Lord_Of_Chaos (0) 2014-01-29 12:32
Wow, very interesting.
Ipresivno, very good quality.
Beautiful natural colors.
Greetings and all the best ..
fabbs99 (16163) 2014-01-29 23:41
The pearl king looks great and must be feeling great to get a hug from a little girl. Great story and a nice image.Very well done,TFS.
emka (77500) 2014-01-31 23:29
haha, so fantastic portrait of this Pearl King. Splendid presentation, what ideas the people have.. And to see this smiling companion one must smile too. Beautiful.
WArm regrads MAlgo
clic (14742) 2014-02-02 18:45
Pearly King, the street sweeper, wearing the royal clothing to collect cold cash for charities; what a noble gesture and a fine unforced portrait!
God bless the king!