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The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 31

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, Geography, Geology, Historical articles, History, Industry, Leisure, London, Nature, Plants, 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 Berchtesgaden Salt Mine.

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A Visit to the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine, Bavaria, II, going down the Slide

The second picture shows a remarkable Bermuda Lily.

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A Bermudian Easter Lily, 145 Blossoms on one Stem

The third picture shows a London roof garden with views across the City.

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A London Garden

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 from ‘The Graphic’, 28

Posted in Best pictures, Bravery, Children, Engineering, Famous battles, Famous landmarks, Geography, Geology, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, London, Nature, Sea, Ships 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 interior of the Westminster Clock Tower, home to Big Ben.

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Interior of the Westminster Clock Tower by J R Brown

The second picture shows young Cloudesley Shovel swimming with despatches through enemy fire.

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During the Third Anglo-Dutch War, young Cloudesley Shovel volunteered to swim with despatches through the Enemy's Fire by W H Overend

The third picture shows Cotopaxi, the volcanic mountain in Ecuador.

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Part of the Exterior of the Crater of Cotopaxi by Whymper

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 Iron Age

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Discoveries, Geology, Historical articles, History, Industry, Prehistory, Weapons on Friday, 23 October 2015

The best pictures of the Iron Age are images of the first known metal workers before the great Age of Civilisations.
The first picture shows a furnace and sound working methods.

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The Iron Age by Peter Jackson

The second picture shows an iron-age furnace.

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A primitive furnace in the Iron Age by Emile Bayard

The third picture shows an iron-age man at his anvil.

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A primitive anvil by Peter Jckson

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

The best pictures of Mother Shipton

Posted in Best pictures, British Towns, Customs, Geology, Historical articles, History, Legend, Magic, Superstition on Thursday, 22 October 2015

The best pictures of Mother Shipton are vivid images of the famous Tudor soothsayer supposedly born in a magic cave.
The first picture shows people consulting the well-known Yorkshire character.

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Mother Shipton welcomes three guests by Richard Hook

The second picture shows the unique petrifying well at Knaresborough, also known as Mother Shipton’s Cave.

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Dropping Well, Knaresborough by Alfred Robert Quinton

The third picture presents Mother Shipton as a witch.

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A Legend of Mother Shipton

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

The best pictures of diamonds

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Famous crimes, Geology, Historical articles, History, Royalty on Monday, 21 September 2015

The best pictures of diamonds are images of famous jewels and jewellery.
The first picture shows a parure given by the future Edward VII to his wife, Princess Alexandra.

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Parure of diamonds and pearls, the gift of HRH the Prince of Wales. Illustration for A Memorial of the Marriage of HRH Albert Edward Prince of Wales and HRH Alexandra Princess of Denmark by Robert Dudley

The second picture shows the largest diamonds in the world.

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The Largest Diamonds in the World

The third picture shows Louis XIV buying the accursed Hope Diamond.

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The Hope Diamond was once the eye of a Hindu god. King Louis XIV was delighted to buy the gem… he was not one to believe that it was the world's unluckiest gemstone

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

The best pictures of diamond digging in South Africa

Posted in Africa, Best pictures, Geography, Geology, Historical articles, History, Industry, Trade on Monday, 21 September 2015

The best pictures of diamond digging, or open cast mining, are striking images of this alternative to deep shaft mining.
The first picture shows a crowded open-cast mine with hundreds of diggers and others.

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The Diamond Diggings, South Africa by F Regamey

The second picture shows the sorting table in the field.

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At the Sorting Table in the Diamond Diggings by F Regamey

The third picture shows diamond diggers washing diamonds at the Cape.

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The Diamond Fields at the Cape, Washing for Diamonds

Many more pictures of diamonds and the diamond industry can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of the diamond mines at Kimberley

Posted in Africa, Best pictures, Geography, Geology, Historical articles, History, Industry, Trade on Monday, 21 September 2015

The best pictures of diamond mines at Kimberley are vivid pictures of the world’s most lucrative mining industry.
The first picture shows work inside a diamond mine.

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In a Kimberley diamond mine by John Henry Frederick Bacon

The second picture shows the system for raising diamantiferous earth.

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Kimberley Diamond Mine: Apparatus for Raising the Diamantiferous Earth

The third picture shows the vast De Beers mine on the edge of Kimberley itself.

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The De Beers Diamond Mine, South Africa, Open Mine at 350 ft Level, where Underground Workings Commence

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

The best pictures of the Khyber Pass

Posted in Best pictures, Famous landmarks, Geography, Geology, Historical articles, History, Trade, Travel, War on Friday, 18 September 2015

The best pictures of the Khyber Pass are striking images of the spectacular and strategic route between Afghanistan and India, and more recently modern Pakistan.
The first picture shows the Fort of Ali Musjid perched high above the mountain pass.

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The Khyber Pass

The second picture is a dramatic but picturesque image of the pass.

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The Khyber Pass

The third picture is a panoramic view of the pass from the Fort of Ali Musjid.

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The Khyber Pass from the Summit of Ali Musjid

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

The best pictures of Chinese porcelain production

Posted in Art, Artist, Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Geology, Historical articles, History, Industry on Monday, 14 September 2015

The best pictures of Chinese porcelain production show the various craftsmen involved in the manufacture of porcelain.
The first picture shows Chinese workers mining kaolin.

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Mining Kaolin, the clay used in making porcelain

The second picture shows potters firing the kiln and decorating the pots.

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Chinese potters

The third picture shows a porcelain artist.

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Chinese ceramic painter

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

The best pictures of the Isle of Skye

Posted in Best pictures, Geography, Geology, Historical articles, History, Scotland on Sunday, 30 August 2015

The best pictures of the Isle of Skye show picturesque scenes of this remote and beautiful Scottish island.
The first picture is a coastal view.

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View of the Coast of Sleat, Isle of Skye by H Mac Culloch

The second picture shows a crofter’s home on Skye.

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A Skye Crofter's Home

The third picture shows the spectacular and dramatic landslip known as the Quiraing.

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The Quiraing, Skye

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