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Where: England, Greater London, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1969

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Description: Teenagers in London's Carnaby Street.

Date: 1969

Our Catalogue Reference: INF 14/147

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    • 16/Feb/2009 16:03:19

    John Stephen opened the first boutique in Carnaby Street in 1958, and was soon followed by designers such as Cecil Gee and Mary Quant, who named the Mini skirt after her favourite car! Soho's Marquee club was not far from the street, and it attracted recording artists such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to the atea, cementing it as one of the hippest parts of London in the "Swinging Sixties".

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    • 30/Mar/2010 18:39:03


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    • 02/Apr/2010 18:44:15

    cannot be more cool :P from the beigining the british are so fashion :P

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    • 14/Apr/2010 17:15:12

    Excellent. :-)

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    © A£3zσǾσf

    • 16/Apr/2010 21:57:23

    nice ^^

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    plastic destruction

    • 26/Apr/2010 14:06:44

    I love it!

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    Chao From Beijing

    • 27/Apr/2010 09:02:45

    the woman in the right corner looks like Pheeb in "Friends"

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    Alex Jerman Photography

    • 27/Apr/2010 22:59:34

    set up or real ?

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    • 02/May/2010 23:21:28

    I'd say this is 1966, not 69...every year of 60s London had a different look and this look would have been old in 1969, so was Carnaby St. by then.

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    • 05/May/2010 00:33:21

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Female Amateur Catalog Model, It's Your Style!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 08/May/2010 16:21:58

    Hi , i'm brasilian . beautiful aqi :)

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    • 10/May/2010 09:59:49


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    cheerful wheel

    • 12/May/2010 15:44:12

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fascination Nostalgia, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 17/May/2010 02:52:37

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called artland, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 18/May/2010 12:20:04

    okk mean ??

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    even hat

    • 24/May/2010 06:47:22


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    finicky bushes

    • 30/May/2010 09:54:48

    They are young, but they hardly look like teenagers. More like twenty-something.

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    fantastic week

    • 03/Jun/2010 09:11:45


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    Rickard Nilsson

    • 03/Jun/2010 22:30:11

    This is really fantastic!

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    Laura (':

    • 10/Jun/2010 17:11:43

    i really love it!

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    • 16/Jun/2010 01:16:44

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Being There, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 18/Jun/2010 18:07:42

    In 66 I was in 6th grad but still knew then that the styles were great,,,i loved the styles of the 60's even now

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    Claudio 中桐

    • 26/Jun/2010 04:18:03

    Beautiful shot!

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    B i b i ' s

    • 08/Jul/2010 09:25:57

    nice ^^

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    truthful stop

    • 10/Jul/2010 22:23:53

    belle composition et superbes tons, bien joué! =)

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    Gabriel Duarte

    • 19/Jul/2010 23:44:45

    1969 the best year

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    exclusive trucks

    • 23/Jul/2010 19:29:16

    this is awesome :D

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    ELIZA ™

    • 26/Jul/2010 17:16:44

    Great !

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    • 04/Aug/2010 08:23:05

    very beautiful,l like it very much!

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    Jorge Addison

    • 23/Aug/2010 08:28:24

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I'd have to agree that this photo looks like it was taken circa 1966 rather than '69; certainly no later than '67. Popular styles changed rapidly in the '60's, so that even a few months after this picture was taken it would have already looked out of date. Particularly true in a cosmopolitan city like London, where they were typically ahead of the styles in the U.S. However, it's a great snapshot of a very colourful and all too brief period in pop culture history.

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    • 04/Sep/2010 20:55:37


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    So Late - Ludivine Sagnier .......nell

    • 04/Sep/2010 21:46:54

    love it

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    • 05/Sep/2010 15:52:21

    i luv 60's, nice image

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    • 07/Sep/2010 09:07:34

    Very nice work my dear ...... Excellent.

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    ©SMA' [deleted]

    • 23/Sep/2010 19:59:38

    Wonderful!! -fav

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    Stephen Geraghty

    • 08/Oct/2010 22:11:53

    FANTABULOUS. Regards, Stephen.

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    • 09/Oct/2010 04:52:31

    Superb image! Good work! Please have a peruse of my photostream if you have an opportunity. Aristocrats-hat - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

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    flowery channel

    • 11/Oct/2010 12:20:08


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    • 29/Oct/2010 22:18:57

    Is that how London was - WoW.

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    • 15/Nov/2010 07:37:23

    I enjoy these photos of old times! Congrats!

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    • 17/Nov/2010 17:19:41

    Agree with everyone else who says this shot is NOT 1969 - look at the guy on the left, he's mid 1960s mod through and through. By the late 60s hair had gone long and shaggy and clothing had psyched out - these people would have looked seriously unfashionable in the late 60s.

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    Chao From Beijing

    • 13/Dec/2010 08:08:49

    Friends Phoebe, Ross, Rachel, Monica ~

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    • 20/Jan/2011 20:15:10

    The stripey mini dress style here was worn by Suzy Kendall in the 1967 film 'Up the Junction'. So i'd say '67.

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    eye eye eye

    • 05/Apr/2011 18:21:09

    teenagers??they look 40sh

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    Russell Barrett

    • 11/May/2011 15:47:27


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    Atelier Madrecita

    • 11/May/2011 23:08:56

    I really like this photo,and all the coments,and I must to agree ,the year is 67!

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    • 20/Jul/2011 14:56:48

    Was this a candid photo? It's an absolutely perfect capture of a moment

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    Pete Tillman

    • 27/Aug/2011 23:12:57

    Wow. Added to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnaby_Street Thanks for posting these!

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    • 18/Dec/2011 17:08:34

    This picture has three identifiers attached to it: Carnaby Street, teenagers, 1969. Only the first is correct, because it shows Cranks food shop which did exist there. The people are all 20-something and, as many people have said, the year is most likely 1966. It's also clearly posed, a set-up with models, and only represents the "Vogue" end of the scene.