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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 19

Posted in Ancient History, Best pictures, Education, Educational card, Historical articles, History, Law, Music, Oddities, Philosophy, 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 Gallic warriors using soap.

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Soap, used by Gallic warriors

The second picture shows Solon giving laws to the Greeks, 6th Century BC.

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Solon giving laws to the Greeks, 6th Century BC

The third picture shows a Spanish student playing the guitar.

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The guitar: Spanish student (18th Century)

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

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 7

Posted in Adventure, Best pictures, Communications, Disasters, Educational card, Fairy Tale, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Legend, News, Oddities, Sea, Ships, Transport, Travel 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 Titanic sending an SOS message by wireless, 1912.

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The Titanic sending an SOS message by wireless, 1912

The second picture shows Sinbad thrown alive into the pits of the dead.

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Sinbad is thrown alive into the pits of the dead

The third picture shows a giant television screen in a public square from a series on predictions for the future.

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Giant television screen in a public square from a series on predictions for the future.

High-resolution scans of all educational cards can be found in 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.

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 63

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, Customs, Disasters, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, London, Music, Oddities, Railways, The Illustrated Times, Theatre 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 works at the Pimlico Station of the Metropolitan District system.

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Works at the Pimlico Station of the Metropolitan District system

The second picture shows the destruction of the Surrey Music-Hall in Surrey Gardens.

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Destruction of the Surrey Music-Hall

The third picture shows a Chinese Match-Maker demonstrating manners when visiting a sham Intended Bride.

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A Chinese Match-Maker visiting the Intended Bride

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

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 54

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Oddities, The Illustrated Times, Transport, Travel 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 Tower of Ivan Veliki in Moscow illuminated at night.

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The Tower of Ivan Veliki, at Moscow, illuminated

The second picture shows a street Railway-Car at Birkenhead.

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Train's Street Railway-Car at Birkenhead

The third picture shows velocipeding on the ice in America.

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Velocipeding on the Ice in America

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

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 18

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Birds, Boats, Inventions, London, Oddities, Sea, Ships, The Illustrated Times, Trade, Weapons on Sunday, 15 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 a London Bird Fair.

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London Sketches, Bird Fair, Great St Andrew's Street, Seven Dials by W M'Connell

The second picture shows trials of new torpedoes in France.

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Trials of New Torpedoes in France

The third picture shows a captured whale in Marseilles.

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Carriage through the Streets of Marseilles of a Whale captured in the Waters of the Chateau d'If by Cosson Smeeton

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

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 7

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Customs, Engineering, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Industry, Oddities, Politics, Ships, Sport, The Illustrated Times on Sunday, 15 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 a scene during the Spanish military coup in 1856.

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The Coup d'Etat at Madrid, a Conflict in the Calle Mayor by Gustave Janet

The second picture shows Mr Robert Stephenson, the great engineer.

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Portrait of Mr Robert Stephenson, with a view of the great hydrolic ram used in launching the Leviathan

The third picture shows cat-racing at Liege.

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Cat-Racing at Liege

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

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 2

Posted in Animals, Anniversary, Best pictures, Communications, Customs, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London, Nature, Oddities, The Illustrated Times, Theatre on Saturday, 14 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 a Horse-Tamer.

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Mr Rarey, the Horse-Tamer, operating upon Cruiser by Harrison Weir

The second picture shows ladies anxiously waiting for the postman on Valentine’s Day.

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St Valentine's Day, waiting for the Postman by A Slader

The third picture shows ice collectors at the Serpentine.

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The late Frost, collecting Ice at the Serpentine, Hyde Park

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

The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 97

Posted in Best pictures, Children, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Law, London, Music, Oddities, Sinners, The Graphic on Saturday, 14 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 a foundling being rescued.

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London Sketches – The Foundling by Frank Holl

The second picture shows a competition for hairdressers.

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Artists in Hair, Competition at the Grande Soiree de Coiffures by Sydney P Hall

The third picture shows the military bandsmen’s tent.

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The Army Manoeuvres, a Peep into one of the Bandsmen's Tents by Paul Renouard

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’, 95

Posted in Anarchy, Animals, Best pictures, Dogs, Historical articles, History, Music, Oddities, The Graphic, War, Weapons on Saturday, 14 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 improvised entertainment by soldiers in the Sudan.

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The Advance in the Soudan, Recreation after a Day's Work, a Smoking Concert at Wady Halfa by J Gulich

The second picture shows a terrorist bomb.

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One of the Infernal Machines by J R Brown

The third picture shows an elderly dog groomer in Rome.

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Rome, shaving Dogs on the Steps of the Trinita de' Monti by Basil Bradley

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Graphic’ (London 1870-1902) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.