From the trams to the seafront: 15 spectacular black and white photos from Portsmouth’s past

Here is our latest collection of archive pictures from Portsmouth’s past.

Tuesday, 26th March 2019, 5:59 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th March 2019, 6:06 pm
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These images, from the Getty archive, date back to the beginning of the 20th century.

circa 1900: Holidaymakers on the front at Southsea, Portsmouth. (Photo by Edgar Ward/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
23rd February 1901: Workmen erecting the overhead wires in Commercial Road for the electric tram from a tower wagon, in Portsmouth. (Photo by F J Mortimer/Getty Images)

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October 1913: Spectators watching the launch of the Queen Elizabeth at Portsmouth. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
1933: A man in diving gear prepares to undergo training at the diving school at Whale Island, Portsmouth. The specially designed tank is 16 feet deep and holds 160 tons of water. Divers learn how to manipulate tools under water. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
circa 1900: Three old men convene around a bench in Portsmouth. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
September 1936: Air racer Victor Smith standing next to his Sparrowhawk aeroplane before the Portsmouth to Johannesburgh flight. (Photo by H. Allen/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1900: British cavalry on the quayside at Portsmouth during embarkation for Bombay. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
7th November 1936: Four lady accordionists from Portsmouth arrive at Westminster to compete in the National Amateur Accordion Championship. Over 600 skilled musicians will be taking part in the contest, held at the Central Hall and Caxton Hall. (Photo by Derek Berwin/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
1892: A street in Southsea, Portsmouth. (Photo by F J Mortimer/Getty Images)
circa 1900: Holidaymakers and boats on the beach at Southsea, Portsmouth. (Photo by Edgar Ward/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1900: Holidaymakers in the sea at Southsea, Portsmouth. (Photo by Edgar Ward/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
25th November 1937: 'Buller', the horse who served in the Royal Artillery during WW 1 is nearly 30 years old but still capable of light work around the docks at Sheerness. He is to retire to the countryside near Portsmouth where he will be well cared for. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1902: The laying of the electric track for the trams in Portsmouth, outside the Town Hall. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1901: Men putting the wires in place for the electrification of the Portsmouth tram system. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
17th August 1938: On the beach at Portsmouth before the Portsmouth-Ryde long distance swim across the Solent, (3 1/2 miles), are two of the competitors: C Rogers, (left), who has previously set a record time, and Cecil Deane, the English long-distance champion. (Photo by Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)