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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 12

Posted in Ancient History, Best pictures, Disasters, Educational card, Engineering, Historical articles, History, Myth, Railways, Superstition, 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 opening of the first French railway, 1832.

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Opening of the first French railway, 1832

The second picture shows the earthquake at Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, 1843.

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Earthquake at Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, 1843

The third picture shows the Oracle of Delphi.

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Consulting the Oracle of Delphi

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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 9

Posted in Architecture, Aviation, Best pictures, British Countryside, Castles, Communications, Disasters, Educational card, Historical articles, History, Industry, Leisure, 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 death of the balloonist Sophie Blanchard, 1819.

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Death of the balloonist Sophie Blanchard, 1819

The second picture shows a typesetter’s composing stick.

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Typesetter's composing stick

The third picture shows an excursion to the royal castle of Windsor, England.

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Excursion to the royal castle of Windsor, England

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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.

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Wreckers on the Cornish coast

Posted in British Countryside, Disasters, Famous crimes, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This detailed and beautifully painted picture shows a gang of wreckers and smugglers in a rocky cove on the Cornish coast. The image is cleverly lit by the glowing lantern which deceptively lures the ship, seen in the distance, onto the rocks rather than safety, and into the hands of the wreckers, who plunder its wealth and kill those crewmen who manage to swim ashore.

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Wreckers on the Cornish coast by Peter Jackson

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Hiram Bingham discovers a lost Incan city in Peru

Posted in Architecture, Disasters, Exploration, Famous landmarks, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, War on Saturday, 21 November 2015

Ruins of lost civilisations are the stuff of great adventure stories, and the search for them drives many an explorer like Hiram Bingham, pictured here at the thrilling moment when he first sees the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu, which he has found with the help of local farmers, one of whom stands excitedly at his side.

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Hiram Bingham discovers the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru

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London destroyed by Boadicea’s men in AD 61

Posted in Ancient History, Disasters, Famous battles, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, London, War on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This dramatic picture shows the conflagration in London after Boadicea’s men attacked the settlement in AD 61. It is a thrilling image of the first great disaster to befall the future capital, which at that time was merely a commercial port of some twenty years and had yet to be singled out for greater prominence.

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Londonium destroyed by Boadicea's men in AD 61 by Ron Embleton

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The Burning of Athens

Posted in Ancient History, Architecture, Disasters, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Invasions, War on Thursday, 19 November 2015

Our magnificent picture is a painterly illustration of the terrified human exodus from Athens after the beautiful city was set alight by the invading Persian army. This act of supreme vandalism remained the greatest regret of Xerxes the Great, who went on to lose the Battle of Salamis.

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Athens burning

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The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Posted in America, Architecture, Disasters, Famous news stories, Geography, Geology, Historical articles, History, News on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This dramatic picture is like a scene from a Hollywood disaster movie, and shows the uncontrollable enormity of the many fires which raged for several days after the earthquake struck the city early on April 18, 1906. The desperation and fear in the faces of the two inhabitants pictured convey the human dimension of a disaster which claimed over 3000 lives.

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San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

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Napoleon riding through Moscow in flames

Posted in Animals, Architecture, Disasters, Famous battles, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Invasions, Royalty, War on Thursday, 19 November 2015

Our epic cinematic picture shows Napoleon riding his legendary horse, Marengo, through the burning streets of Moscow in 1812. The city had been torched by Russian saboteurs to deprive the French invaders of its comforts and its trophies, apparently on the orders of Count Rostopchin, who was overseeing the wholesale evacuation of the city before Napoleon’s army arrived. This image celebrates Napoleon’s triumph but seems to presage some greater disaster.

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Napoleon riding through Moscow in flames

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The bombing of Hiroshima

Posted in Aerospace, America, Disasters, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Science, Technology, War, Weapons, World War 2 on Thursday, 19 November 2015

Our panoramic picture shows one of the most famous images in world history, the notorious fireball and column of radioactive dust after the bombing of Hiroshima. We also see the Enola Gray which dropped the bomb, and one of the planes carrying scientific instruments to monitor the event. Our viewpoint is that of the observer in the third plane, the photography aircraft.

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Hiroshima

Many more pictures of the Second World War can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.