The 1920s: Lost in Time & Shadows on the Border

Some of the detail in the 1920s Lost in Time trilogy comes from family stories of living in the East End of London in the first part of the 20th century. I started there with my story and then read and read and read.

Particularly fun were:

Charles Booth’s London Charles Booth’s poverty maps of London and his notebooks that contributed to the Inquiry into Life and Labour in London (1886-1903).

Lost England 1870-1930 by Philip Davies Images of 19th and 20th-century England show reality of rotting houses and poverty as well as grand old buildings

Technology During WW1

The Long, Long Trail is brilliant for researching soldiers of the British Army in the Great War

Monty Glover‘s photos and journals are a fascinating insight in to gay life in the early 20th Century. Some of James Gardiner’s book about him, A Class Apart: The private pictures of Montague Glover is available online.

The British police have never carried firearms. Unless they did.

And where would we be without MisterSlang‘s The Timeline of Slang or Baby Names of the 1890s?

For in-depth reading, I highly recommend:

  • The London Underground in 1928
  • A female police officer chasing boys, who have been bathing naked in the Serpentine, Hyde Park, London, 1926
  • East End Photographs and Drawings - Page 46 - Casebook Forums. 1926, Commercial Road, East End, London
  • Eclipse, 164 Barnsbury Road, Islington - c 1924 (Landlord Edward Burrill leaning in the doorway)
  • Policeman and young boy, London 1926. Note the dapper moustache! #lostintime
  • London 1920's. A young boy with a policewoman.
  • Walls Ice Cream vendor, c.1920.
  • London in the 1920's- pavement artist, Victoria Embankment. #lostintime
  • Bow Lane in the 1920s - Superlative collection of photos from around London - 1920-33. From the Museum of London, via Retronaut.
  • Tristan Tzara & René Crevel, 1928, by Man Ray.
  • The Mitford girls. British upper class sisters who were known for their beauty, exploits and unfortunately making some very bad decisions. Their family history is fascinating.
  • Lyons Tea Shop and waitresses, London, 1890's.
  • A couple enjoys a zip-line ride, 1920’s
  • Bishops Bridge Road, Paddington 1935
  • Poster 1983/4/2954 - Poster and Artwork collection online from the London Transport Museum
  • character sketch: Alec Carter – A. L. Lester
  • Magical Metaphysical Energy
  • character sketch: Ella Fortune – A. L. Lester
  • In 1920s London Lew and his lover Detective Alec Carter are working out the parameters of their new relationship. Lew is torn between staying in the past and trying to get back to 2016. Alec is wrestling with the idea of being in love with a magician. Meanwhile Alec’s sergeant, Will Grant, is drawn to the mysterious Fenn, a hunter from the Outlands. #mmromance #gayromance #mystery #historical #paranormal #audiobook
  • Gruesome murders taking place across 1920s London draw Lew and Alec together through the desolation of the East End and the smoky music clubs of Soho. They both have secrets that could get them arrested or killed. In the middle of a murder investigation that involves wild magic, mysterious creatures and illegal sexual desire, who is safe to trust? #mmromance #gayromance #mystery #historical #paranormal #audiobook
  • In 1920s London Lew and his lover Detective Alec Carter are working out the parameters of their new relationship. Lew is torn between staying in the past and trying to get back to 2016. Alec is wrestling with the idea of being in love with a magician. Meanwhile Alec’s sergeant, Will Grant, is drawn to the mysterious Fenn, a hunter from the Outlands. #mmromance #gayromance #mystery #historical #paranormal
  • Gruesome murders taking place across 1920s London draw Lew and Alec together through the desolation of the East End and the smoky music clubs of Soho. They both have secrets that could get them arrested or killed. In the middle of a murder investigation that involves wild magic, mysterious creatures and illegal sexual desire, who is safe to trust? #mmromance #gayromance #mystery #historical #paranormal