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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 7

Posted in Adventure, Best pictures, Communications, Disasters, Educational card, Fairy Tale, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Legend, News, Oddities, Sea, Ships, Transport, Travel 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 the Titanic sending an SOS message by wireless, 1912.

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The Titanic sending an SOS message by wireless, 1912

The second picture shows Sinbad thrown alive into the pits of the dead.

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Sinbad is thrown alive into the pits of the dead

The third picture shows a giant television screen in a public square from a series on predictions for the future.

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Giant television screen in a public square from a series on predictions for the future.

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

Prester John by John Buchan

Posted in Adventure, Africa, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Superstition on Sunday, 22 November 2015

Prester John is an adventure novel by John Buchan set in Victorian Africa at the time of the Zulu Wars. Its hero, a young Scotsman named David Crawfurd, is an early version of his better known protagonist Richard Hannay. The story relates his hairy adventures in South Africa, where a Zulu uprising is for some bizarre reason linked to the mediaeval legend of Prester John, mysterious ruler of a lost kingdom in the East. This spectacular picture portrays Crawfurd’s capture by the Zulus in the grand manner of high Victorian narrative painting, and is most impressive.

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Prester John

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

The Last of the Mohicans

Posted in Adventure, America, Children, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Law, War, Weapons on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This is a superbly painted picture of the principal characters in The Last of the Mohicans, the popular adventure novel by James Fenimore Cooper. The composition is a montage in which we see the British army officer, Colonel Munro and his fearless daughter Cora, and in the foreground Hawk-eye the frontiersman and Uncas, the eponymous last of the Mohicans and heroic figure for countless schoolboys as well as for Native American Indians.

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The Last of the Mohicans, the novel by James Fenimore Cooper

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

Captain Kidd solemnly pleads ‘Not Guilty’

Posted in Adventure, Historical articles, History, Law, Mystery, Sea, Ships on Saturday, 21 November 2015

Captain William Kidd was one of the most famous and fearsome pirates of the Spanish Main, but he was betrayed by a crew member and charged with piracy by the Crown. In our picture he seems unimpressed by the fact that he is on trial for his life, and disingenuously proclaims his innocence, which clearly astonishes the court who are well acquainted with his notorious reputation.

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Captain Kidd solemnly pleaded Not Guilty by Ken Petts

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

Richard Burton in disguise as an Indian

Posted in Adventure, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Institutions, Literature, Politics, Religion on Friday, 20 November 2015

This exotic picture shows Sir Richard Burton, the famous scholar, traveller and Orientalist, in an utterly convincing disguise. While serving in Army Intelligence in India, the daredevil Burton dressed as an Indian and mixed with the natives to uncover any plots and intrigues against the Raj.

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Richard Burton in disguise

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

Alcock and Brown, first men to fly the Atlantic

Posted in Adventure, Aerospace, America, Aviation, Bravery, Engineering, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, News, Sea, Transport, Travel on Friday, 20 November 2015

Aviation pioneers Alcock and Brown were the first men to fly the Atlantic non-stop, and in doing so claimed the Daily Mail Prize of £10,000 which Lord Northcliffe had put up for a successful challenge. They flew a modified Vickers Vimy bomber which looks like a dangerously rudimentary aircraft in our exciting picture, especially so as the ocean waves seem to reach to its very vulnerable undercarriage.

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Alcock and Brown, first men to fly the Atlantic by Neville Dear

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

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Posted in Adventure, Boats, Exploration, Fish, Historical articles, History, Literature, Sea, Ships on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This stunning picture shows a scene from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by the French science fiction author, Jules Verne, whose rich imagination is well matched by this particular image of a giant cuttlefish which grabs one of Captain Nemo’s crew with its uncoiled tentacles.

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<em>Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea</em>

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

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Posted in Adventure, Cars, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London on Thursday, 19 November 2015

A few of well over a hundred charming and valuable veteran cars cross Westminster Bridge in this amusing picture of the beginning of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run which starts in Hyde Park. This rally is the longest running of all international motoring events and as the picture shows, is a splendid opportunity for proud veteran car enthusiasts to display their prized possessions all the way to Brighton.

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The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

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

The best pictures of Paul Boyton, the Fearless Frogman

Posted in Adventure, Best pictures, Bravery, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, News, Sea on Thursday, 8 October 2015

The best pictures of Paul Boyton are images of the showman’s Channel crossing in a rubber wetsuit, workaday costume of the Fearless Frogman.
The first picture shows a portrait of Boyton in aquatic dress.

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The New American Swimming Apparatus, Captain Boyton in his Aquatic Dress

The second picture shows scenes from the Channel crossing.

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Captain Boyton's voyage across the Channel

The third picture shows his arrival in Boulogne.

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Captain Boyton at Boulogne, Fisher Girls presenting a Bouquet

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

The best pictures of Young Lochinvar

Posted in Adventure, Best pictures, English Literature, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Literature, Scotland on Friday, 25 September 2015

The best pictures of Young Lochinvar are vivid images of the romantic hero in the popular ballad found in Scott’s epic poem, Marmion.
The first picture shows Lochinvar at the fateful wedding of his beloved to his rival.

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Young Lochinvar in Netherby Hall by George Howard

The second picture shows Lochinvar escaping with Ellen.

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Young Lochinvar by James E McConnell

The third picture also shows the dramatic flight of Lochinvar.

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Young Lochinvar by A C Michael

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