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    Default Any elderly Brits here today?

    Dec 5, 1952. The Great Smog enveloped a large area of Britain. 5 days later 12,000 were dead, 150,000 hospitalized.

    My daughter's mom in law, was in Leeds at age 22. She remembered.
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    Was out in the Lincolnshire sticks, but I remember the newspaper headlines. I was 12.
    Clean Air Act followed- damned government interference with personal liberty to burn coal on open fires!
    What I do remember is going to cities like Sheffield and Manchester, and wondering why all the buildings were black.

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    I was two and a bit. I have seen the pictures, but have no memory of it.
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    That's from the soot!
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    I missed 1952, but I can recall being unable to make out my grandmother's bonb shelter through a thick grey-green smog - the distance from the kitchen window to the bomb shelter was less than ten feet, this would be 1958 or '59.

    Much later - 67 or so, I recall seeing a thermal inversion trap soot laden coal smoke in a steep sided valley - these are things you don't see any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    That's from the soot!
    Nah! you don't say!

    Didn't have any sooty buildings where I lived, hence the surprise at seeing them.
    We did have bad fogs though; I remember being with my dad in his Ford ten in thick fog. We were a bit lost, when dad saw some dim shapes and said 'hang on, I'll ask these people'
    The people turned out to be a row of four petrol pumps.

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    I was four years old, going on five. There were often smogs in Liverpool when I was a kid. Here is a photo of the Liver Building, black (covered in soot) as it was throughout my early years.



    It was quite an eye opener when they cleaned it up..

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    Smut...

    I remember it in the Boston of my youth. Everything was stained black, including the new fallen snow.
    We had a coal furnace, and a coal cellar with a window in foundation that fit the chute of the coal truck. My mother had to time cleaning the house around the monthly arrival of the coal truck.
    My father shoveled coal from the holds of ships unloading at Searsport, Maine.
    I'm not going for "clean coal". There is no such thing.

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