Tom Joyce, who claimed to be Bristol’s strongest man, showing his strength by four men pulling at a rope which is tied around his neck in 1932.Tom Joyce, who claimed to be Bristol’s strongest man, showing his strength by four men pulling at a rope which is tied around his neck in 1932.
Tom Joyce, who claimed to be Bristol’s strongest man, showing his strength by four men pulling at a rope which is tied around his neck in 1932. | Getty Images

19 rarely seen pictures showing how we used to live in Bristol

A snapshot into a long-gone culture which might feel like yesterday to some readers

No television in every home, no computer console and certainly no mobile phone - life outside work and school in Bristol 80 years ago was very different from today.

It was a time when children would have to amuse themselves. And have fun, they did, with a whole range of activities such as dancing, singing and even ice-skating.

There were also many social groups in the city, running competitions on everything from the city’s strongest man to the best-looking babies.

So take a look through a selection of rarely-seen pictures offering a glimpse of life two generations ago in Bristol:

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