Vintage Photos Capture Dapper Teddy Boys From the 1950s to the 1970s

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Teddy Boys, or Teds, were a subculture of young adults wearing smart clothes partly inspired by dandies in the Edwardian era. Began in London in the early 1950s, it rapidly spread across the United Kingdom and became closely associated with rock and roll music. These vintage photographs will transport you back to a time when zoot suits, velvet collars, drainpipe trousers, beetle-crushers and Brylcreemed quiffs were all the rage:

London gang member Colin Donellan wearing fashionable Edwardian-style clothing on Clapham Common, October 1953. Photo by Charles Hewitt for Picture Post.

A group of teddy boys enjoy an evening out at the Mecca Dance Hall in Tottenham, London, May 1954. Photo by Joseph McKeown for Picture Post.

A ‘Teddy Boy’ at the Mecca Dance Hall, Tottenham, London, May 1954. Photo by Alex Dellow for Picture Post.

A ‘Teddy Boy’ dances with his girl at the Mecca Dance Hall, Tottenham, London, May 1954. Photo by Alex Dellow for Picture Post.

A ‘Teddy Boy’ dances with his girl at the Mecca Dance Hall in Tottenham, London, May 1954. Photo by Alex Dellow & Joseph McKeown for Picture Post.

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