Great shots aren't they?
They come from the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums flickr feed which I stumbled upon earlier in the week. A collection of photography from 12 museums and galleries based in the North East. There's a lot of random photographs up there, but personally I love the shots of people, like the shipyard workers, criminals, Grainger Market shoppers & the unamused peeler above.
It would be great to see more of this kind of archival photography of Britain on flickr.