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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 54

Posted in Africa, Best pictures, Educational card, Fish, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Nature, Sea, Ships, Trade, Transport, Travel, Wildlife 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 a large draper’s shop in Venice selling fabrics from many lands, 1150.

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Market in Venice selling fabrics from many lands, 1150

The second picture shows an ice bridge on the coast of Greenland.

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Ice bridge on the coast of Greenland

The third picture shows passengers boarding a ship of the Austrian Lloyd line at the port of Suez.

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Passengers boarding a ship of the Austrian Lloyd line at the port of Suez, Egypt

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 38

Posted in Ancient History, Best pictures, Communications, Customs, Educational card, Famous crimes, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Legend, Myth, Nature, Plants, Religion, Superstition 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 the sacrifice of Iphigenia.

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The sacrifice of Iphigenia

The second picture shows the world ash tree called Yggdrasil.

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The ash tree Yggdrasil

The third picture shows Quipus, the Peruvian system of communication using knotted strings.

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Quipus, system of communication using knotted strings, Peru

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 21

Posted in Ancient History, Artist, Arts and Crafts, Aviation, Best pictures, Communications, Educational card, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Myth, Nature, Politics, Royalty, Transport, Travel, War on Monday, 23 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 Mail balloon at the Siege of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871.

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Mail balloon at the Siege of Paris, Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871

The second picture shows the Earl of Richmond reconciling the Houses of Lancaster and York.

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The Earl of Richmond Reconciles the Houses

The third picture shows Prometheus creating man from clay and Athena giving him life.

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Prometheus creates man from clay and Athena (Minerva) gives him life

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

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Posted in Animals, English Literature, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Literature, Nature, Wildlife on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This is a wonderfully cinematic picture of Mowgli, Shere Khan the Tiger and Baloo the Bear from The Jungle Book. The vivid colours of the jungle, the warning roar of the tiger and tense expression on both Mowgli and the bear, create an exotic atmosphere of adventure and suspense around a boy and his animal friends about whom we care very much.

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Mowgli, Shere Khan the Tiger and Baloo the Bear from The Jungle Book

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

J M W Turner painting a storm

Posted in Art, Artist, Boats, Bravery, Famous artists, Historical articles, History, Nature, Sea, Ships on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This is a magnificent bravura painting of England’s greatest painter enduring the elements to experience close-up the force and elemental grandeur of a storm. The 64 year-old Turner had had himself lashed to the ship’s mast for around four hours and the result of this experience was the monumental painting titled Snow Storm – Steam Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth.

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J M W Turner painting a storm by C L Doughty

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

An English Dairy Farm in the 1960s

Posted in Animals, Britain in the 60s, British Countryside, Farming, Historical articles, History, Industry, Nature, Plants on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This attractive and typically optimistic picture of an English Dairy Farm in the 1960s is filled with archetypal imagery associated with a pastoral vision of rural England, especially the notable absence of any technological eyesores and fecund herd of those familiar Holstein Friesian dairy cows.

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Dairy farm, England, 1960s

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

The garden in Spring

Posted in Britain in the 60s, Children, Historical articles, History, Nature, Plants on Friday, 20 November 2015

This colourful and very surreal picture of a walled garden is a dazzling composition in which various elements challenge credibility, not least the astonishingly healthy crop of vegetables alongside well-timed perfect tulips and daffodils, and all in very late spring when the cherry trees are in blossom. But somehow these idealised elements coalesce in a garden of nostalgia tended by a 1960s family who look impossibly happy.

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The garden in Spring

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

Walter Bonatti struggling toward the peak of the Matterhorn

Posted in Famous landmarks, Geography, Historical articles, History, Nature, Sport, Sporting Heroes on Friday, 20 November 2015

This dramatic, beautiful and compelling picture captures an extraordinary mountaineering achievement in the centenary year of the Matterhorn’s first successful ascent. Walter Bonatti, pictured here, attempted the first solo winter ascent of the North face of the Matterhorn, which he tried twice in February, reaching the summit at the second attempt on 23 February in 1965.

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Walter Bonatti stuggling upwards toward the peak of the Matterhorn

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

Colonel Percy Fawcett exploring the Mato Grosso

Posted in Exploration, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Mystery, Nature on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This convincingly realistic picture shows the redoubtable Colonel Percy Fawcett exploring the Mato Grosso with his son, in search of a fabled lost city he called “Z”. Two Brazilian Indian tribesmen observe him unobserved, and perhaps hold the clue to his sudden disappearance in 1925, along with his son’s, in a South American mystery worthy of Rider Haggard and Conan Doyle, both good friends of this larger-than-life English eccentric.

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Colonel Percy Fawcett exploring the Mato Grosso

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

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 55

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Bravery, Children, Discoveries, Historical articles, History, London, Medicine, Nature, Religion, Rivers, Science, The Illustrated Times, War on Tuesday, 17 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows the frozen Thames at Blackfriars.

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The Thames in Winter Clothing, View at Blackfriars

The second picture shows vaccination direct from a diseased cow’s corpse in Paris.

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Vaccination from the Cow in Paris

The third picture shows Christian fugitives in a refugee camp at Beirut.

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Christian Fugitives in the Quarantine at Beyrout by Gustave Janet

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Illustrated Times’ (London 1855-1866) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.