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The Purchase of Alaska

Posted in America, Famous news stories, Geography, Historical articles, History, Politics on Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Purchase of Alaska was one of the great political triumphs of post-colonial America, when the impoverished Russian Tsar sold 1.5m square kilometres for $7.2m, which at the time was called ‘Seward’s Folly’, so-called after Secretary of State William H. Seward, who brokered the deal and is pictured here at the formal change-over ceremony in Sitka on 18 October 1867.

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The Purchase of Alaska. The formal change-over of ownership was conducted with due ceremony at Sitka on 18 October 1867. by Angus McBride

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John Brown on the way to the gallows

Posted in America, Bravery, Famous news stories, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Politics on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This is a touching and cleverly photorealist picture of the great American abolitionist, John Brown, who is going to the gallows for believing in the equality of all Americans, black and white. The image focusus on him stopping to kiss a black baby, and it is this loving gesture which holds our attention, not the distant noose.

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John Brown on the way to the gallows stopped to kiss a negro child by Andrew Howat

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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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Victor Lustig, the man who sold the Eiffel Tower

Posted in Absurd, Famous landmarks, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Industry, News on Saturday, 21 November 2015

Many will not know about Victor Lustig, the man who sold the Eiffel Tower, and this clever picture presents an oddly respectable portrait of the con artist and hoaxer, whose pictured smooth looks and dress sense helped to make him a very convincing civil servant, government minister or whatever else he might need to be. His monocle, of course, was a risque but confidently clever touch. That several Parisian scrap dealers could believe the French Government wanted to sell the Eiffel Tower for scrap defies comprehension, but for a while they did.

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Victor Lustig, The Man Who Sold The Eiffel Tower

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Sir Bernard Spilsbury

Posted in Famous crimes, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Law, World War 2 on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is an interesting picture of the sometimes overlooked medical pioneer and pathologist, Sir Bernard Spilsbury, whose work in that field led to important convictions in the criminal justice system, as well as acquittals. In later life he helped to deepen the understanding and study of forensic science, but he will always be remembered for his crucial role as a young pathologist whose skills and initiative helped to turn an anonymous cadaver into the credible corpse of a British officer in the great deception that was known as Operation Mincemeat.

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Sir Bernard Spilsbury

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Posted in Bravery, English Literature, Famous battles, Famous news stories, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, War on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This remarkable picture shows the Charge of the Light Brigade, and differs from many images of this famous military engagement in its depiction of the start of the advance, showing the speed and momentum of the cavalry moments after they heard the order and began their doomed and heroic charge into posterity, military glory and poetic immortality.

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The Charge of the Light Brigade by Neville Dear

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The Burial of Tutankhamun

Posted in Ancient History, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Arts and Crafts, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Religion, Royalty, Superstition on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This highly unusual painting illustrates the elaborate rituals which accompanied the burial of Tutankhamun, the most famous of the Egyptian pharaohs. It pictures the moments which sealed off forever (so it was thought) the funeral chamber containing the precious artefacts in our picture, and the sacred mummy of Tutankhamun himself, wearing the fabled gold and enamel mask. Thousands of years later a man called Howard Carter would see a very similar scene.

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Burial of Tutankhamun by Peter Jackson

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Lawrence of Arabia

Posted in Famous news stories, Fashion, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Politics, Revolution on Saturday, 21 November 2015

The legend of Lawrence of Arabia has as much to with his appearance as with his remarkable political gifts and passion for the Arab world. We see in this picture a portrait of the serious and curiously wary T E Lawrence, whose fine intelligence and charisma seem to reside in his piercing blue eyes.

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Lawrence of Arabia

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The Battle of Britain

Posted in Aerospace, Aviation, British Countryside, Famous battles, Famous news stories, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Invasions, War, Weapons, World War 2 on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This evocative picture shows young pilots scrambling after receiving orders to take to the skies and defend Great Britain against the onslaught of the Luftwaffe. The subtle image depicts a moment of excitement and apprehension in these young men’s lives, but it also shows the very green and pleasant land for which they were fighting, and for which many sacrificed their young and courageous lives.

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The Battle Of Britain by Pat Nicolle

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Lee Harvey Oswald waiting for President Kennedy’s motorcade

Posted in America, Cars, Communism, Famous crimes, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Mystery, News, Politics, Weapons on Friday, 20 November 2015

This is a chilling picture of Lee Harvey Oswald, John F Kennedy’s assassin, lying in wait on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository for the Presidential motorcade. The notorious sniper is nursing a Carcano rifle, and it is the unavoidable prominence of the murder weapon which gives this image such power.

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Lee Harvey Oswald waiting for his victim to come within his sights

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