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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 32

Posted in Ancient History, Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Children, Educational card, Fashion, games, Historical articles, History, Industry, Weapons on Tuesday, 24 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 weaving and carpet making in Ancient Greece.

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Weaving and carpet making in Ancient Greece

The second picture shows mediaeval youths at weapon practice.

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The Exercise Yard

The third picture shows Zinc manufacturing.

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Zinc manufacturing. Roller

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

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens around 1750

Posted in Actors, Dance, Famous Composers, Famous landmarks, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London, Music, Sinners, Theatre on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This delightfully drawn and colourful picture shows the beauty and attraction of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. This was the name given to Spring Gardens, a pleasure resort which had opened sometime before the Restoration. During the eighteenth century its popularity increased, and soon the most fashionable and disreputable figures in society flocked there for the musical and semi-theatrical entertainments, which included the music of Handel and other great Baroque composers played by the elevated orchestra, clearly visible in the picture.

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Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens around 1750 by Peter Jackson

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

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

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

Audience watching The Country Wife by William Wycherley

Posted in Actors, Architecture, English Literature, Fashion, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature, London, Royalty, Theatre on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is a finely drawn and interesting theatrical picture of an audience watching the great Restoration comedy, The Country Wife, by William Wycherley. Of special note is not only the neoclassical architectural style of the theatre, but the acting style, the lighting techniques and most significant of all, one of the first appearances of an actress on the English stage.

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Audience watching The Country Wife by William Wycherley by Peter Jackson

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

Richard Burton in disguise as an Indian

Posted in Adventure, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Institutions, Literature, Politics, Religion on Friday, 20 November 2015

This exotic picture shows Sir Richard Burton, the famous scholar, traveller and Orientalist, in an utterly convincing disguise. While serving in Army Intelligence in India, the daredevil Burton dressed as an Indian and mixed with the natives to uncover any plots and intrigues against the Raj.

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Richard Burton in disguise

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

Claude Duval and the Lady In The Coach

Posted in Absurd, British Countryside, Famous crimes, Fashion, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Law, Travel on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This oddly amusing and theatrical picture shows the absurd figure of Claude Duval, a womanising dandy and romantic highwayman whose reputation with the ladies went before him, in respect of which, many of his female victims were torn between a sense of outrage at their robbery and infatuation with the gracious and handsome French highwayman who had assailed them.

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Claude Duval and The Lady In The Coach by H M Brock

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

A Scottish piper in traditional piper’s uniform

Posted in Architecture, Castles, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Music, Scotland on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This striking and colourful figure, a familiar image on both sides of the Border, is the world-famous Scottish piper resplendent in traditional piper’s uniform. He plays the Great Highland Bagpipes and is wearing a scarlet plaid with cloak and the customary accoutrements of sporran and the like. Behind him loom the rocky battlements of Edinburgh Castle, another potent emblem of Scotland.

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Scottish piper

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

Becky Sharp in W M Thackeray’s Vanity Fair

Posted in English Literature, Famous battles, Fashion, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Literature, War on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Our glamorous picture of a gaming table portrays the incorrigible Becky Sharp, peerless anti-heroine of W M Thackeray’s masterpiece, Vanity Fair. She is approached by George Osborne at the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball, held in Brussels on what turned out to be the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, as the officer has just discovered and is about to tell the elegant minx.

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Becky Sharp and George Osborne in W M Thackeray’s Vanity Fair

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

Beau Brummell tying his famous cravat

Posted in Absurd, Arts and Crafts, Customs, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Our subtly revealing picture portrays Beau Brummell, the Regency dandy who spent five hours a day on dressing and personal grooming. He often performed this ritual before friends and admirers, who were especially captivated by his severally knotted cravat, a unique style much imitated along with his restrained bespoke tailoring.

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The sight of Brummel tying his famous cravat was worth waiting for.

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

Levi Strauss, carrying his roll of canvas, arrives in San Francisco

Posted in America, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Industry, Trade on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Our unusual and unique picture shows Levi Strauss, one of the most important men in American mercantile and cultural history. He imported denim from France in the 1850s to make jeans, and in partnership with a customer invented and patented the famous riveted denim work pants which became the worn and faded Levis of cowboys, film stars and rock legends.

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Levi Strauss, carrying his roll of canvas, arriving in San Francisco

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