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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 20

Posted in Actors, Ancient History, Best pictures, Educational card, Famous battles, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Institutions, Inventions, London, Oddities, Royalty, Science on Monday, 23 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows Archimedes and his eureka moment.

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Archimedes and his principle

The second picture shows the British banker Nathan Rothschild after the Battle of Waterloo, 1815.

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British banker Nathan Rothschild after the Battle of Waterloo, 1815

The third picture shows Charles Sherwood Stratton, better known as General Tom Thumb.

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Charles Sherwood Stratton, better known as General Tom Thumb

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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 4

Posted in Actors, Aviation, Best pictures, Cars, Educational card, Historical articles, History, Inventions, London, Royalty, Shakespeare, Theatre, Weapons on Monday, 23 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows William Shakespeare staging a production for Queen Elizabeth I.

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William Shakespeare staging a production for Queen Elizabeth I.

The second picture shows a motorised carriage with a powerful headlight.

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Motorised carriage with a powerful headlight

The third picture shows a flying torpedo boat in the year 2000.

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Flying torpedo boat in the year 2000

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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 2

Posted in Actors, Best pictures, Castles, Educational card, Famous battles, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Music, Politics, Saints, Theatre on Monday, 23 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows a performance of a Nativity play in a castle in the Middle Ages.

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Performance of a Nativity play in a castle in the Middle Ages

The second picture shows Joan of Arc wounded at the Siege of Orleans, 1429.

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Joan of Arc wounded at the Siege of Orleans, 1429

The third picture shows the Phonograph.

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The phonograph

High-resolution scans of all educational cards can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens around 1750

Posted in Actors, Dance, Famous Composers, Famous landmarks, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London, Music, Sinners, Theatre on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This delightfully drawn and colourful picture shows the beauty and attraction of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. This was the name given to Spring Gardens, a pleasure resort which had opened sometime before the Restoration. During the eighteenth century its popularity increased, and soon the most fashionable and disreputable figures in society flocked there for the musical and semi-theatrical entertainments, which included the music of Handel and other great Baroque composers played by the elevated orchestra, clearly visible in the picture.

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Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens around 1750 by Peter Jackson

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William Shakespeare relaxing at a tavern

Posted in Actors, Architecture, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature, London, Shakespeare, Theatre on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This picture convincingly presents Shakespeare as a mere actor and tavern frequenter, along with his band of roistering fellow players. It is one view of William Shakespeare firmly held by those who dispute his authorship of the plays, but looking at his faintly tipsy amusement on that pub bench, we can also easily imagine he is the great playwright enjoying a night out with some thespians wearing his own actor’s hat.

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William Shakespeare (reclining, centre) at a tavern by Neville Dear

Many more pictures of William Shakespeare can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

William Shakespeare watching Romeo and Juliet

Posted in Actors, Architecture, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature, London, Shakespeare, Theatre on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is a marvellous and captivating picture of Shakespeare watching one of the first performances of his early romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, sometime in 1592; he looks round at the audience for their reactions, enjoying their emotional response to what we can see is now the most famous scene in the entire play – the Balcony Scene – but which then would have been utterly and breathtakingly original.

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William Shakespeare watching Romeo and Juliet by Neville Dear

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William Shakespeare reading on the street

Posted in Actors, Architecture, Dogs, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Literature, London, Shakespeare, Theatre on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This clever picture shows a snapshot of late-Elizabethan street life in London, with unruly children and crabby old men and fearsome looking dogs, and in the midst of this motley humanity stands the self-contained figure of Shakespeare reading a small and interesting book. The enchanting idea the image conveys is that countless ordinary people must have rubbed shoulders with the great man day after day.

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William Shakespeare reading by Neville Dear

Many more pictures of William Shakespeare can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

Shakespeare’s first job in the theatre

Posted in Actors, English Literature, Historical articles, History, London, Theatre, Transport on Saturday, 21 November 2015

Our marvellously counterintuitive picture shows a bearded young man from Stratford at the very start of his career in the theatre. He is handling the carriage horses of famous actors arriving at one of London’s popular playhouses, and the half-timbered Elizabethan buildings on the street reinforce the sense of utter normality in this scene, save for one unusual element in the picture – the young man happens to be named William Shakespeare.

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Shakespeare, standing outside a playhouse and holding the horses of the actors as they arrived

Many more pictures of William Shakespeare can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

Audience watching The Country Wife by William Wycherley

Posted in Actors, Architecture, English Literature, Fashion, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature, London, Royalty, Theatre on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is a finely drawn and interesting theatrical picture of an audience watching the great Restoration comedy, The Country Wife, by William Wycherley. Of special note is not only the neoclassical architectural style of the theatre, but the acting style, the lighting techniques and most significant of all, one of the first appearances of an actress on the English stage.

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Audience watching The Country Wife by William Wycherley by Peter Jackson

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Leslie George Cole, “The Great Levante”

Posted in Actors, Australia, Historical articles, History, Magic, Rivers, Theatre on Friday, 20 November 2015

This marvellous picture shows the world-famous Australian illusionist ‘Les’ Cole performing one of his most daring stunts as “The Great Levante”, when he jumped into the Yarra River in shackles from head to toe. The image could almost be a contemporary poster announcing the appearance of “The Great Levante” in Melbourne, where he learned his skills as an apprentice to a canny showman.

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Les Levante, chained and manacled, hurtles seawards in his spectacular, death-defying act

Many more pictures of Australia can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.