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The Great Smog of 1952 was one of many incidences of heavy pollution which hit Britain's cities in the 1950s.
This picture was taken at Ludgate Circus, London at 2pm in December, 1952.
The so-called 'pea-souper' smog events, which were common in the 1950s, even penetrated indoor areas.
Determined not to suffer ill effects, this lady in Ilford, Essex in 1953 bought a smog mask during her lunch hour.
Was this a case of heavy smog as Arsenal goalkeeper Jack Kelsey searched for the elusive ball during a game against Aston Villa in 1954?
A two-man smog investigation team in Hendon were among 450 volunteers sampling atmospheric pollution in London's boroughs in 1956.
Postman Robert Baker tested a new featherweight open-top smog mask which neutralised the atmospheric acids in 1956.
Looking a little scary, this bobby on the beat in Manchester back in 1956 really would have been in the thick of it.
Smoke belches from chimneys on the horizon at sunset in this image taken from Westminster Cathedral, London in 1953.
Two-year-old Jill Hamlin is fitted for an anti smog respirator for babies and toddlers in 1953.