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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 115

Posted in Actors, Africa, Ancient History, Best pictures, Boats, British Countryside, Christmas, Customs, Educational card, Fairy Tale, Famous Composers, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Magic, Music, Rivers, Theatre, Transport, Travel on Thursday, 26 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 barge on the Nile.

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On a barge in the Nile

The second picture shows Christmas Eve in England in the 18th Century.

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Christmas Eve in England, 18th Century

The third picture shows the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote.

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The Queen of Night Meets Tamino and Papageno

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 109

Posted in Anniversary, Architecture, Best pictures, Christmas, Country House, Educational card, Historical articles, History, Invasions, Leisure, Music, Religion, Saints, War on Thursday, 26 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 Wagner conducting Siegfried’s Idyll at Triebschen to celebrate the birth of his son, Siegfried.

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Wagner conducts Siegfried's Idyll at Triebschen to celebrate the birth of his son

The second picture shows Saladdin’s entry into Jerusalem.

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Saladdin's Entry Into Jerusalem

The third picture shows a cook roasting a goose on St Martin’s Day, Germany, in the 18th Century.

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Roasting a goose on St Martin's Day, Germany, 18th Century

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

The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, London

Posted in Architecture, Britain in the 60s, British Cities, Children, Christmas, Customs, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, London, Plants, Religion on Saturday, 21 November 2015

The Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square is a gift from the people of Oslo and has been given to the capital every year since 1947. Our festive picture shows a view from the south-west corner of the square; looking past the iconic fountains towards the steeple of St Martin in the Fields, the artist places the famous tree in the centre of his beautiful composition.

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Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, London, a gift from the people of Oslo

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

Christmas shopping in London

Posted in Britain in the 60s, British Cities, Children, Christmas, Historical articles, History, London, Trade, Transport on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is a dazzling and painstakingly detailed picture of London at Christmas in the 1960s. The festive lights and decorations on the street are matched by those on the great department stores, and the fruit stall is an especially well-observed feature of London’s streets. The classic red London buses complete an impression of a self-confident joyful capital city filled with families doing their Christmas shopping.

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Christmas Shopping in London

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

The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 27

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, Christmas, Disasters, games, Historical articles, History, London, The Graphic on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows the Golden Gallery at St Paul’s, 528 steps up and 85 metres from the cathedral floor.

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In the Golden Gallery, St Paul's by E F Brewtnall

The second picture shows ladies playing billiards.

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Christmas Day in a Country House, a Billiard Match after Dinner by John Da Costa

The third picture shows the 1875 Liberties Whiskey Fire in Dublin.

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View of the Fire from Newmarket by J R Brown

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Graphic’ (London 1870-1902) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of the Coronation of Charlemagne

Posted in Best pictures, Christmas, Historical articles, History, Politics, Religion, Royalty on Thursday, 15 October 2015

The best pictures of the coronation of Charlemagne are striking images of the sacred ceremony performed by the Pope on Christmas Day, 800.
The first picture shows the moment after the coronation.

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Charlemagne crowned Roman Emperor on Christmas Day 800 by Tancredi Scarpelli

The second picture shows the coronation.

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Charlemagne crowned Roman Emperor

The third picture shows Pope Leo III leading the acclamation of the new Emperor.

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The coronation of the Emperor Charlemagne by the Pope on Christmas Day, AD 800 by John Millar Watt

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

The best pictures of the pantomime of Aladdin

Posted in Actors, Best pictures, Children, Christmas, Fairy Tale, Historical articles, History, Legend, Leisure, Magic, Theatre on Thursday, 15 October 2015

The best pictures of the pantomime of Aladdin are images relating to the seasonal staging of this traditional family entertainment.
The first picture shows a poster for ‘Aladdin’.

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Queueing for Aladdin by Clive Uptton

The second picture shows a teddy bear audience watching the panto.

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Aladdin

The third picture shows Aladdin’s wedding to the princess.

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Aladdin's wedding

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

The best pictures of military football in wartime

Posted in Best pictures, Christmas, Famous news stories, games, Historical articles, History, Sport, War, World War 1 on Monday, 5 October 2015

The best pictures of football in wartime are striking images of soldiers playing games between offensives on military campaigns.
The first picture shows the famous Christmas Day game during World War One.

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British and German soldiers play football during the Christmas Day truce in 1914, by Angus McBride

The second picture shows a game played during the Afghan Expedition.

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The Afghan War, Football Match by the Fifty-Ninth Regiment at Khelat-i-Gilzai by Walter C Horsley

The third picture shows Gordon Highlanders playing football during the Second Boer War.

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Football under Strange Conditions, a Game interrupted on the Gordon's Ground at Ladysmith by Frank Craig

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

The best pictures of memorable Melbourne characters

Posted in Australia, Best pictures, Children, Christmas, Historical articles, History on Monday, 24 August 2015

The best pictures of memorable Australian characters in the city of Melbourne are all fine studies of human nature among the indigent members of society.
The first picture shows a rag-picker.

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Sketches in Australia: the Melbourne rag picker by W Ralston

The second picture shows a group of the unemployed in Melbourne.

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The Labour Market in Australia, the Unemployed who are not anxious for Employment, a Sketch in the Treasury Gardens, Melbourne

The third picture shows a Chinese pedlar’s generosity to the Melbourne well-to-do at Christmas.

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Christmas in Melbourne, a Chinese Pedlar making Presents to his Customers

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

The best pictures of the Magic Lantern

Posted in Best pictures, Children, Christmas, Education, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Leisure, Magic on Tuesday, 11 August 2015

The best pictures of the Magic Lantern are of Lantern shows at home and in larger spaces.
The first picture is of children’s Magic Lantern entertainment albeit on a suitably religious subject.

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Children watching Magic Lantern Show of the Christmas Story.

The second picture shows a family watching a Lantern display.

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The magic lantern on Christmas Day by H G Hine

The third picture shows a Magic Lantern charity entertainment given for poor children in London.

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Magic Lantern Entertainment given to 1450 Poor and Destitute Children by the Members of the Fulham Liberal Club and Institute

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