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The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 94

Posted in Actors, Anniversary, Best pictures, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Inventions, London, Railways, The Graphic, Theatre, Transport, Travel on Saturday, 14 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 Jonas Hanway on St Swithin’s Day with his novel umbrella.

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St Swithin's, Jonas Hanway and His Umbrella by J D Linton

The second picture shows the opening of the Rangoon and Irrawaddy State Railway.

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The First Railway in British Burmah, Opening of the Rangoon and Irrawaddy State Railway at Rangoon by J R Brown

The third picture shows Madame Patti’s reception at Covent Garden Theatre.

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Madame Patti's Reappearance in Opera, her Reception after Act II of "La Traviata" at Covent Garden Theatre by J Gulich

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The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 86

Posted in America, Anniversary, Best pictures, Customs, Disasters, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Science, The Graphic on Friday, 13 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 Chinese New Year.

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With the Allies in China, the Chinese New Year by F de Haenen

The second picture shows the Great Fire at the Chicago World’s Fair.

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The Great Fire at the Chicago World's Fair, the destruction of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building by H C Brewer

The third picture shows Mr Edison in his Laboratory.

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The Electric Light, Mr Edison in his Laboratory, a Sketch from Life by F Villiers

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 Samuel Crompton

Posted in Best pictures, Engineering, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Industry, Inventions on Saturday, 24 October 2015

The best pictures of Samuel Crompton are vivid portraits of the inventor and scenes from his life.
The first picture shows Crompton as an inventive young man.

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Samuel Crompton inventing his celebrated Mule

The second picture shows The Hall-i’-th’-Wood, near Bolton, where Crompton lived and invented.

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Hall-i’-th’-Wood, where Crompton invented Mule Spinning

The third picture shows a portrait.

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Samuel Crompton by Charles Allingham (after)

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The best pictures of Samuel Crompton’s Spinning Mule

Posted in Best pictures, Engineering, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Industry, Inventions on Saturday, 24 October 2015

The best pictures of Samuel Crompton’s Spinning Mule are striking images of factory spinning sheds and the construction of the machine itself.
The first picture shows an early textile factory.

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Interior view of a textile mill showing tradition spinning on Saxon wheels

The second picture shows a factory spinning-mule in action using very few workers.

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The Spinning-Mule at Work

The third picture shows a diagrammatic image with technical information.

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Crompton's Wonderful Spinning Mule

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The best pictures of Luddites

Posted in Best pictures, Engineering, Famous crimes, Famous Inventors, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Industry, Law, Politics, Weapons on Saturday, 24 October 2015

The best pictures of Luddites are vivid images of the violent radicals who opposed new forms of mechanisation when they replaced manual labour.
The first picture shows Luddites on the march.

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Luddites marching

The second picture shows earlier Luddites attacking Hargreaves and his invention.

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Workers attack the Blackburn home of James Hargreaves to destroy his invention, the Spinning Jenny by Peter Jackson

The third picture shows a Luddite attack on a factory.

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Workmen take out their anger on the machines by C L Doughty

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The best pictures of John Kay’s Flying Shuttle

Posted in Best pictures, Engineering, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Industry, Inventions, Revolution on Saturday, 24 October 2015

The best pictures of the Flying Shuttle are detailed images of the new looms which used it for speed, efficiency and weaving wider fabric.
The first picture shows a diagrammatic key to the newly versatile loom.

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The Flying Shuttle Speeds up weaving

The second picture shows a power-loom shuttle.

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Shuttle of Power-Loom

The third picture shows a hand loom with a key to its working parts.

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Hand Loom, with the unmarked fly-shuttle box beneath D in front of the heddles

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The best pictures of the Hargreaves and Arkwright Spinning Jenny

Posted in Best pictures, Engineering, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Industry, Inventions on Saturday, 24 October 2015

The best pictures of the Spinning Jenny are striking images of the revolutionary machine invented and modified by Hargreaves and Arkwright.
The first picture shows Hargreaves and the spinning machine in factory use.

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The spinning machines in use by C L Doughty

The second picture shows Arkwright and his spinning machine.

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Arkwright and his Spinning Machine

The third picture shows the workings of the spinning jenny.

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How the Early Spinning Jenny Worked

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The best pictures of James Watt’s Steam Engine

Posted in Best pictures, Discoveries, Engineering, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Industry, Inventions, Revolution, Science on Saturday, 24 October 2015

The best pictures of James Watt’s Steam Engine are diagrammatic images and portraits of the inventor with his revolutionary machine.
The first picture shows James Watt’s steam engine and Watt’s well-known partner, Matthew Boulton.

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Matthew Boulton and James Watt with one of the patented steam engines

The second picture shows the great steam engine.

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James Watt's Steam Engine by Peter Jackson

The third picture shows Watt and the often forgotten inventor, Roebuck.

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James Watt' and John Roebuck perfected the workings of the Steam Engine by Frank Lea

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The best pictures of James Watt and the boiling kettle

Posted in Best pictures, Discoveries, Engineering, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Industry, Inventions, Science on Saturday, 24 October 2015

The best pictures of James Watt watching the kettle boil are vivid images of his boyish curiosity about the power of steam.
The first picture shows the famous scene.

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James Watt was first to explore why boiling water would push up the lid of a kettle by Peter Jackson

The second picture shows a family scene around the famous kettle.

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Watt and the Tea Kettle by Marcus Stone

The third picture shows Watt holding down the rising lid of a tea kettle.

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James Watt watching the lid of a tea kettle by Peter Jackson

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The best pictures of Iron Bridge at Coalbrook Dale

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, Engineering, Famous Inventors, Famous landmarks, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Industry, Inventions, Revolution on Friday, 23 October 2015

The best pictures of the Iron Bridge at Coalbrook Dale are striking images of the first iron bridge in Britain, a construction which heralded the Industrial Revolution.
The first picture shows the bridge.

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The first iron bridge in Britain, at Ironbridge Gorge by Angus McBride

The second picture shows the bridge and landscape of the gorge.

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The Iron Bridge at Ironbridge by Peter Jackson

The third picture shows an early engraving of the bridge.

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Iron Bridge, Erected over the Severn, at Coalbrook Dale, 1775

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