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Stockbroker who won fame as the fastest man on land

Posted in Cars, Historical articles, History, Sport, Sporting Heroes on Sunday, 31 January 2016

This edited article about Sir Malcom Campbell originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 759 published on 31st July 1976.

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Sir Malcom Campbell in his second Bluebird, 1933 by Graham Coton

The wind was screaming around Sir Malcolm Campbell’s ears like a demon as he shot over the Salt Lake Flats at Utah, U.S.A. on 4th September, 1935, in his record-breaking car, Bluebird.

Blessedly, the car was steady and there seemed to be no drag on the flats. Would Sir Malcolm break yet another land speed record?

This attempt was the culminating point of a career that had started when, as a 21-year-old stockbroker, Campbell had become a keen motor-cyclist and had won his first race in the same year. That had been 1906.

From then on, with the exception of service in the First World War in the Royal Flying Corps, Campbell had devoted himself to racing with such spectacular results that he had gained a knighthood in 1931 for raising the speed record to 245.7 mph. Later he had clocked 276 mph.

Now he had come to Utah to risk his life again for a new record.

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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 11

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Aviation, Best pictures, Educational card, Famous battles, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Religion, Sport, Sporting Heroes, 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 an arrival at Brussels at night in the 1911 Air Race.

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Arrival at Brussels at night

The second picture shows a Tunisian potter.

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Tunisian potter

The third picture shows El Cid fighting the Moors.

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El Cid fighting the Moors

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

The best pictures of the Press Boat in the University Boat Race

Posted in Best pictures, Boats, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, London, News, Sport, Sporting Heroes on Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The best pictures of the Press Boat following the Boat Race are unusual images of the sporting drama on the river from the river.
The first picture shows the spectacle from a superb vantage.

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The University Boat-Race, a Sketch from the Press Boat by Sydney P Hall

The second picture shows a fine view of the Umpire’s Boat from the Press Boat.

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The Universities' Boat Race: Oxford leading at Corney Reach. Sketched from the Press Boat by C Robinson

The third picture shows the Press Boat in fog during the cancelled Start of 1880.

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The Oxford and Cambridge Boat-Race, the Press Boat in a Fog on Saturday Morning, and the Race Postponed, the Race on Monday Morning by C Robinson

Many more pictures of sports and sporting events can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of the Finish of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Posted in Best pictures, Boats, Education, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, London, Rivers, Sport, Sporting Heroes on Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The best pictures of the Finish of the Boat Race are dramatic images of the hard-won moment of triumph and crestfallen defeat for each crew.
The first picture shows the officials in !882 marking the moment.

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The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, the Finish, Cambridge "Not in it"

The second picture shows the first and only dead-heat in the race’s history, in 1877.

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The University Boat-Race Dead-Heat, the Finish

The third picture shows the Oxford victory in 1866.

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The University boat race: the finish

Many more pictures of sports and sporting events can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of the Start of the University Boat Race

Posted in Best pictures, Boats, Education, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, London, Rivers, Sport, Sporting Heroes on Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The best pictures of the Start of the University Boat Race are vivid images of the tense scene on the river Thames.
The first picture shows the start in good weather, 1873.

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The Oxford and Cambridge Boat-Race, Ready to Start by Arthur Hopkins

The second picture shows a rainy start on a filthy day in 1872.

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The Oxford and Cambridge boat race: the start

The third picture shows the start in 1891.

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The Universities' Boat-Race, "Are You Ready?" by W B Wollen

Many more pictures of sports and sporting events can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of the 1923 Cup Final at Wembley

Posted in Best pictures, British Towns, Famous landmarks, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, London, Sport, Sporting Heroes on Saturday, 24 October 2015

The best pictures of the 1923 final are vivid images of the chaotic scenes at the first FA Cup Final at Wembley.
The first picture shows an aerial view of the stadium.

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Invasion of the stadium for the first Wembley Cup Final, 1923

The second picture shows the famous white horse incident.

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PC Storey eases back the crowd and prevents disaster

The third picture shows the programme.

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FA 1923 Cup Final programme

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

The best pictures of Captain Matthew Webb

Posted in Best pictures, Boats, Bravery, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, News, Sea, Sporting Heroes on Thursday, 8 October 2015

The best pictures of Captain Webb are vivid images of the Channel swimmer who would later drown at the foot of the Niagara Falls in 1883.
The first picture shows Webb coming ashore in Calais.

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Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel in August 1875 by John Keay

The second picture shows the safety boats alongside his nocturnal swim.

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Captain Webb's attempt to swim across the English Channel, Hot Coffee by Moonlight

The third picture shows his portrait.

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Matthew Webb by John Keay

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

The best pictures of the first game of Rugby

Posted in Best pictures, Children, Education, games, Historical articles, History, Institutions, Sport, Sporting Heroes on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The best pictures of the first game of Rugby are images of William Webb Ellis famously picking up the ball at Rugby School and making sporting history.
The first picture shows that unusual game of football at Rugby School.

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William Webb Ellis playing rugby at Rugby by Peter Jackson

The second picture is a smaller record of the handball moment.

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William Webb Ellis handling the ball at Rugby by Pat Nicolle

The third picture is a more amusing version of events on the pitch at Rugby.

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William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it… and invented rugby by Richard Hook

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

The best pictures of a rodeo

Posted in America, Animals, Best pictures, Bravery, Historical articles, History, Sport, Sporting Heroes on Friday, 4 September 2015

The best pictures of a rodeo are very animated images of cowboys trying to stay on horses.
The first picture is a lively scene.

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Larry Mahan, superstar of the rodeo by Roger Payne

The second picture shows a cowboy being bucked.

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Rough-Ride at the Rodeo by James E McConnell

The third picture shows another bucking bronco throwing a cowboy.

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Bucked! A Rodeo Thrill by Stanley L Wood

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