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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 18

Posted in America, Architecture, Best pictures, Boats, Disasters, Educational card, Exploration, Famous landmarks, Famous news stories, Geography, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Mystery, Science, Sea, Ships 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 Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician.

Isaac Newton, picture, image, illustration

Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician

The second picture shows the principal street of New York City.

New York, picture, image, illustration

Principal street of New York City

The third picture shows Sir John Franklin’s expedition in search of the Northwest Passage, 1847.

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Sir John Franklin's expedition in search of the Northwest Passage, 1847

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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.

The Titanic, picture, image, illustration

The Titanic sending an SOS message by wireless, 1912

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

Sinbad, picture, image, illustration

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.

future, picture, image, illustration

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.

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.

J M W Turner, picture, image, illustration

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.

Nelson shot at the Battle of Trafalgar

Posted in Famous battles, Famous Last Words, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships, War, Weapons on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This astonishing picture is unusual in that it illustrates the moment Nelson was shot on the deck of HMS Victory by a French sharpshooter from the upper rigging of the French ship Redoubtable, as the two vessels interlocked during the Battle of Trafalgar. The musket ball passed through the Admiral’s arm and into his lower back, a mortal wound from which the great man died some few hours later, but not before he had heard news of his fleet’s victory.

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Nelson shot at the Battle of Trafalgar by Neville Dear

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

Wreckers on the Cornish coast

Posted in British Countryside, Disasters, Famous crimes, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This detailed and beautifully painted picture shows a gang of wreckers and smugglers in a rocky cove on the Cornish coast. The image is cleverly lit by the glowing lantern which deceptively lures the ship, seen in the distance, onto the rocks rather than safety, and into the hands of the wreckers, who plunder its wealth and kill those crewmen who manage to swim ashore.

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Wreckers on the Cornish coast by Peter Jackson

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

Captain Kidd solemnly pleads ‘Not Guilty’

Posted in Adventure, Historical articles, History, Law, Mystery, Sea, Ships on Saturday, 21 November 2015

Captain William Kidd was one of the most famous and fearsome pirates of the Spanish Main, but he was betrayed by a crew member and charged with piracy by the Crown. In our picture he seems unimpressed by the fact that he is on trial for his life, and disingenuously proclaims his innocence, which clearly astonishes the court who are well acquainted with his notorious reputation.

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Captain Kidd solemnly pleaded Not Guilty by Ken Petts

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The Pequod, Captain Ahab’s battered whaling ship

Posted in America, Animals, English Literature, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships, Sinners, Superstition, Travel, Weapons on Friday, 20 November 2015

Captain Ahab’s ship, the Pequod, is pictured in this breezy but slightly surreal illustration for Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby-Dick. We may just discern the silhouetted figure of tormented Captain Ahab himself on the deck of this battered old whaling ship watching the gulls wheel across the sky.

The Pequod, picture, image, illustration

The Pequod

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Helen of Troy

Posted in Ancient History, Architecture, Boats, Famous battles, Famous crimes, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Literature, Myth, Sea, Ships, War on Friday, 20 November 2015

This striking portrait of the catastrophically alluring Helen of Troy is notable for the background to the picture, in which the Greek fleet is seen departing for the coming war with Troy. The entire picture seems to be an illustration of Marlowe’s famous lines, “Was this the face that launch’d a thousand ships, / And burnt the topless towers of Ilium”.

Helen, picture, image, illustration

Helen of Troy by Ralph Bruce

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

John Cabot, the man who found Canada

Posted in Discoveries, Geography, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships on Friday, 20 November 2015

This dramatic image is full of the sound and swell of the Atlantic in its depiction of John Cabot sailing on to the new found land, which he discovered in 1497. The discovery of Canada is historically eclipsed by Columbus’s earlier achievement, so this stirring image of the Matthew from Bristol reminds us of the Italian navigator Cabot’s great maritime triumph in the Age of Discovery.

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John Cabot, the man who found Canada by Ferdinando Tacconi

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

Leif Ericsson, the Viking who found America

Posted in America, Boats, Discoveries, Exploration, Geography, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships on Friday, 20 November 2015

Leif Ericsson was the Viking who found America, and this picture is a stunning image of the Viking Chieftain sitting in his winged helmet at the stern of his longboat, beneath the carved head of a Nordic dragon. The North Atlantic Ocean is as much an element in the image as the magnificent Viking warriors and their billowing striped sails.

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Leif Ericsson, the Viking Who Found America by Peter Jackson

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