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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 116

Posted in Actors, Architecture, Best pictures, Educational card, Fairy Tale, Famous Composers, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Law, Magic, Music, Politics, Theatre on Thursday, 26 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 Cinderella by the kitchen fire.

Cinderella, picture, image, illustration

Cinderella by the Kitchen Fire

The second picture shows townsfolk reading a Notice giving their town the right to levy local taxation.

Tax, picture, image, illustration

Notice of the right of a town to levy Octroi tax in the Middle Ages

The third picture shows the dying Violetta in the closing scene of Verdi’s La Traviata.

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Rodolphe Asks For Forgiveness From Violetta Who Is Dying

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 115

Posted in Actors, Africa, Ancient History, Best pictures, Boats, British Countryside, Christmas, Customs, Educational card, Fairy Tale, Famous Composers, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Magic, Music, Rivers, Theatre, Transport, Travel on Thursday, 26 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 a barge on the Nile.

Nile, picture, image, illustration

On a barge in the Nile

The second picture shows Christmas Eve in England in the 18th Century.

Christmas, picture, image, illustration

Christmas Eve in England, 18th Century

The third picture shows the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote.

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The Queen of Night Meets Tamino and Papageno

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 106

Posted in Ancient History, Architecture, Best pictures, Castles, Educational card, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Literature, Magic, Music, Religion, Royalty, Travel on Thursday, 26 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 Mozart and Schikaneder working on The Magic Flute.

Mozart, picture, image, illustration

Mozart and Schikaneder Work on The Magic Flute

The second picture shows the Merovingian Do-nothing Kings.

The Do-nothing Kings, picture, image, illustration

The Do-nothing Kings

The third picture shows the Statue of Osiris visiting the temple of Ipsambul.

Osiris, picture, image, illustration

Statue of Osiris visiting the temple of Ipsambul

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 94

Posted in Actors, Ancient History, Architecture, Best pictures, Customs, Educational card, Fairy Tale, Famous Composers, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Magic, Music, Politics, Sea, Ships, Theatre on Thursday, 26 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 words and music for the popular English song, ‘Rule Britannia’.

Rule Britannia, picture, image, illustration

Rule Britannia

The second picture shows Aladin and the magic lamp.

Aladin, picture, image, illustration

Aladin and the magic lamp

The third picture shows Ancient Greek theatre.

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Ancient Greek theatre

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 63

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Children, Educational card, English Literature, Fairy Tale, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Magic, Music, Mystery, Oddities, Religion, Science, Wildlife on Wednesday, 25 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 Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Hamelin, picture, image, illustration

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The second picture shows the miraculous birth of Zoroaster.

 Zoroaster, picture, image, illustration

The miraculous birth of Zoroaster

The third picture shows a demonstration of Light projection.

Light projection, picture, image, illustration

Light projection

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 48

Posted in Aerospace, Aviation, Best pictures, Children, Educational card, Fairy Tale, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Magic, Transport, Travel, War 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 Leon Delagrange in a Bleriot monoplane over Denmark.

Leon Delagrange, picture, image, illustration

Leon Delagrange in a Bleriot monoplane, Denmark

The second picture shows Hansel and Gretel finding the gingerbread house.

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Hansel and Gretel: Hansel and Gretel find the gingerbread house

The third picture shows the Battle of Ping-Yang, 1894.

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Sino-Japanese War; Battle of Ping-Yang, 26-27 October 1894

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

Hansel and Gretel

Posted in Fairy Tale, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Literature, Magic on Saturday, 21 November 2015

The fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel is a brilliant and surreal fantasy involving edible houses and cannibalistic witches. But central to the story is the poor Woodcutter’s tragic abandonment of his children under instructions from their cruel stepmother, and this exquisite picture is a beautifully painted representation of the sympathetic characters and the pathos of their parting.

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Hansel and Gretel by James E McConnell

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

Michel De Notre Dame – better known as Nostradamus

Posted in Historical articles, History, Magic, Mystery, Oddities, Puzzle, Superstition on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is a compelling and rather disturbing picture of Michel De Notre Dame – better known to the world as Nostradamus – who gained a fantastic reputation as a man who could foretell the future. It is the darkness of this image which creates an atmosphere of mystery and apprehension. Nostradamus famously predicted the destruction of New York City towards the end of the 20th century, and his wide eyes may even be seeing such an event in our picture.

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Nostradamus

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

Leslie George Cole, “The Great Levante”

Posted in Actors, Australia, Historical articles, History, Magic, Rivers, Theatre on Friday, 20 November 2015

This marvellous picture shows the world-famous Australian illusionist ‘Les’ Cole performing one of his most daring stunts as “The Great Levante”, when he jumped into the Yarra River in shackles from head to toe. The image could almost be a contemporary poster announcing the appearance of “The Great Levante” in Melbourne, where he learned his skills as an apprentice to a canny showman.

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Les Levante, chained and manacled, hurtles seawards in his spectacular, death-defying act

Many more pictures of Australia 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.