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Vera Lynn boosting morale in the armed forces in WW2

Posted in Bravery, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Music, War, World War 2 on Saturday, 21 November 2015

The musical soundtrack of Britain during the Second World War is epitomised by Vera Lynn’s voice and the sentimental but nonetheless powerful lyrics of her signature song,’The White Cliffs Of Dover’. “We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day”, are words which for many still capture and express the atmosphere of those distant and perilous times, and this terrifically spirited and nostalgic picture of Vera Lynn singing for the Allied troops does much the same.

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Vera Lynn boosting morale in the armed forces in WW2 by John Keay

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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

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Admiral Byng faced the court martial with a clear conscience

Posted in Bravery, Famous battles, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Law, Ships, War on Thursday, 19 November 2015

Admiral Byng was a distinguished British sailor whose loss of Minorca to the French in the Seven Years War cost him his career, his reputation and his life. Our solemn picture shows his court martial which the honourable officer clearly faces with a clear conscience and tremendous personal pride and barely concealed disgust. His cruel and unjust fate moved Voltaire to observe sarcastically that the English execute an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.

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Admiral Byng faced the court martial with clear conscience

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Robin Knox-Johnston, first to sail round the world non-stop

Posted in Boats, Bravery, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Sea, Travel on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This maritime picture shows the English sailor, Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to circumnavigate the globe non stop and single-handed in his boat Suhaili, for which achievement he was later knighted by the Queen. He gestures expansively on deck not in triumph, but because he is celebrating Christmas Day by energetically singing a carol.

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Robin Knox-Johnston, first to sail round the world non-stop

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Marie Antoinette approaching the guillotine

Posted in Bravery, Famous crimes, Historical articles, History, Law, Revolution, Royalty on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This unusual picture of Marie Antoinette approaching the guillotine in a shroud-like robe is a stark image of the fall of the Bourbon Queen-Consort of France, whose lofty disdain for the Parisian poor has been immortalised in her apocryphal remark, “Let them eat cake”; she might have made it, even if she did not, and in this picture there is a bleak atmosphere of Nemesis hanging over the scene of her impending execution.

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Marie Antoinette approaching the guillotine

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The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 93

Posted in Best pictures, Bravery, Children, Famous crimes, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Politics, The Illustrated Times, Theatre, War on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows the boy-king Conradin flinging his glove into the crowd before his execution.

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Conradin's Glove by J Pluddemann

The second picture shows a Plebiscitary Meeting in the Salle Moliere, Paris.

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Plebiscitary Meeting in the Salle Moliere, Paris

The third picture shows a scene in Beirut during the military evacuation of Syria.

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The Evacuation of Syria, Embarkation at Beyrout of the Last Battalions of the Expeditionary Force

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Illustrated Times’ (London 1855-1866) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 65

Posted in Best pictures, Bravery, Historical articles, History, Medicine, Politics, Religion, Royalty, Ships, The Illustrated Times, War on Tuesday, 17 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows Sisters of Charity succouring the wounded on the field of battle in the Crimea.

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A Reminiscence of the War in the Crimea, Sisters of Charity succouring the Wounded on the Field of Battle by Eugene Appert

The second picture shows the launch of the Marlborough at Portsmouth.

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The Launch of the Marlborough at Portsmouth on 31 July, the Mastershipwright handing the Bottle to Her Majesty

The third picture shows the crews of the Neapolitan Ships of War voting in favour of Annexation.

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The Crews of the Neapolitan Ships of War recording their Votes in Favour of Annexation

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Illustrated Times’ (London 1855-1866) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 55

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Bravery, Children, Discoveries, Historical articles, History, London, Medicine, Nature, Religion, Rivers, Science, The Illustrated Times, War on Tuesday, 17 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows the frozen Thames at Blackfriars.

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The Thames in Winter Clothing, View at Blackfriars

The second picture shows vaccination direct from a diseased cow’s corpse in Paris.

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Vaccination from the Cow in Paris

The third picture shows Christian fugitives in a refugee camp at Beirut.

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Christian Fugitives in the Quarantine at Beyrout by Gustave Janet

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Illustrated Times’ (London 1855-1866) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 52

Posted in Africa, Architecture, Best pictures, Bravery, Disasters, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, London, Royalty, The Illustrated Times, War, Weapons on Monday, 16 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows the Shah of Persia’s Throne-Room in the Palace at Teheran.

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The Shah of Persia, Throne-Room in the Palace at Teheran

The second picture shows the ruins after a great fire at Southwark.

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The Ruins of the late Great Fire at Southwark by E Hull

The third picture shows an incident in the war in Morocco.

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The War in Morocco, Two Spanish Soldiers surprised by Moors while attempting to remove a Wounded Comrade

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Illustrated Times’ (London 1855-1866) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 37

Posted in Animals, Architecture, Best pictures, Bravery, British Countryside, Engineering, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London, Railways, The Illustrated Times, Theatre, Transport, Wildlife on Monday, 16 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows M Blondin at Crystal Palace.

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M Blondin's First Ascent at the Crystal Palace

The second picture shows the site for the proposed Terminus of the Great Eastern Railway at Broad-Street, City.

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Site for the Proposed Terminus of the Great Eastern Railway at Broad-Street, City by A Slader

The third picture shows a man skating for his life pursued by wolves.

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Skating for Life

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Illustrated Times’ (London 1855-1866) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.