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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 39

Posted in Africa, Animals, Architecture, Best pictures, Birds, Castles, Educational card, Farming, Historical articles, History, Industry, Trade, Wildlife on Tuesday, 24 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 keep of a medieval castle at Tours.

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Keep of a medieval castle at Tours

The second picture shows a rum distillery in Jamaica.

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A rum distillery in Jamaica

The third picture shows an Ostrich farm in Transvaal.

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Ostrich farm, Transvaal

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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 27

Posted in Africa, Animals, Best pictures, Educational card, Historical articles, History, Oddities, Religion, Trade, Transport, Travel, Wildlife 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 Ivory trade.

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Ivory trade

The second picture shows a man riding a penny farthing into a canal.

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Man riding a penny farthing into a canal

The third picture shows Convulsionaries or religious mystics in trances.

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Convulsionaries or religious mystics in trances

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 24

Posted in Africa, Ancient History, Best pictures, Boats, Educational card, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Industry, Politics, Royalty 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 Antony and Cleopatra.

Cleopatra, picture, image, illustration

Antony and Cleopatra

The second picture shows Joan of Arc on her way to her execution.

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Joan of Arc on her way to her execution

The third picture shows a compressed air drill in a gold mine in Transvaal.

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Compressed air drill in a gold mine in Transvaal

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 16

Posted in Africa, Architecture, Best pictures, Educational card, English Literature, Famous battles, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Literature, Trade, War 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 modern bookshop.

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A modern bookshop (early 20th century)

The second picture shows General Warren and the Battle of Spion Kop, Boer War, 24 January 1900.

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General Warren and the Battle of Spion Kop, Boer War, 24 January 1900

The third picture shows Gulliver exploring the city of Lilliput.

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Gulliver exploring the city of Lilliput

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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 13

Posted in Africa, Ancient History, Archaeology, Architecture, Best pictures, Educational card, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Industry, Invasions, Maps, War 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 Ostrogoths, led by their king Theodoric, crossing the Alps, 489.

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The Ostrogoths, led by their king Theodoric, crossing the Alps, 489

The second picture shows coal miners hewing coal at the coal face.

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Coal mine. Hewing coal at the coal face

The third picture shows the Great Sphinx of Egypt.

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The Great Sphinx of Egypt

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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

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Napoleon with the Rosetta stone

Posted in Africa, Ancient History, Archaeology, Art, Arts and Crafts, Historical articles, History on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This well drawn and detailed picture shows Napoleon with two French scholars; one of them is examining the mysterious Rosetta Stone, which had remained a source of fascination for Napoleon since being unearthed by a soldier during the Egyptian Campaign, and which would eventually be claimed by the British after the French defeat in 1801.

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The Rosetta stone by Pat Nicolle

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The old and famous city of Kano in Nigeria

Posted in Africa, Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is an historically accurate and fascinating picture of Kano, an old and famous Islamic city in Nigeria which contains some of Africa’s most impressive architectural treasures, all built in the distinctive Hausa style, especially the mosques and palaces, which are constructed with highly decorated mud bricks and rich in ornamentation.

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The old and famous city of Kano in Nigeria

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Slaves working on a plantation in the West Indies

Posted in Africa, Farming, Historical articles, History, Industry on Friday, 20 November 2015

This beautifully painted but disturbing picture is a detailed image of a typical sugar plantation in the West Indies, with the industrious black slaves wielding machetes among the crops and the overseer carrying a whip as he watches their labours in the heat beneath a tropical azure sky.

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Slaves working on a plantation in the West Indies

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Hannibal crossing the Alps

Posted in Africa, Ancient History, Animals, Geography, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Invasions, Legend, War on Thursday, 19 November 2015

Hannibal’s famously incredible feat of crossing the Alps into Gaul is shown with a long-distance view in our cleverly credible picture. His elephants and army stretch back in a seemingly endless column, as the wild Alpine inhabitants look on in wonder and horror at the Punic invaders and their relentless progress against such spectacular odds.

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Hannibal crossing the Alps

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