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Accidents Collection

Background imageAccidents Collection: MONTPARNASSE ACCIDENT

MONTPARNASSE ACCIDENT
At Mont Parnasse terminus of the Chemin de Fer de l'Ouest, the Granville train crashes through the buffers and into the street, killing a poor woman selling newspapers Date: 1895

Background imageAccidents Collection: Bus embedded in house, Blackstock Road, London

Bus embedded in house, Blackstock Road, London
Bus embedded in the front of a house in Blackstock Road, London NW4, on 13 January 1974. The car in the foreground was shunted through a garden wall after being struck by the bus

Background imageAccidents Collection: 1st Petrol Fire-Engine

1st Petrol Fire-Engine
A combination fire-fighting engine, with chemical fire extinguishing apparatus and a fire-escape ladder. This model was the first petrol motor fire-engine in the world

Background imageAccidents Collection: Merryweathers Engine

Merryweathers Engine
Merryweather Three-in-one Motor Fire-Engine, with a Fire Suds apparatus producing a semi-fluid substance which floats on burning liquids and smothers the flames

Background imageAccidents Collection: 18th century fire engines

18th century fire engines
Various early fire engines and firefighting equipment from the 18th century Date: 18th century

Background imageAccidents Collection: Diver and Octopus

Diver and Octopus
Divers are periodically at odds with octopi, and diver Palmer, at Cape Town, is one of many - but a tug on his line brings help from his colleagues

Background imageAccidents Collection: GLC-LFB Road traffic accident (RTA)

GLC-LFB Road traffic accident (RTA)
A collision between a bus and car resulted in the bus careering into a terraced house and a response by all the emergency services

Background imageAccidents Collection: Fire Safety Hop Pickers

Fire Safety Hop Pickers
Notice to Hop-pickers giving advice as to fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire. Issued by Fire Offices Committee Fire Protection Association

Background imageAccidents Collection: Fire-Fighting Motorcycle

Fire-Fighting Motorcycle
Merryweathers fire-fighting motor-cycle and sidecar unit of 1910, with manual fire- pump mounted on a platform

Background imageAccidents Collection: Manual Fire-Engine / 1885

Manual Fire-Engine / 1885
Factory Pattern Manual Fire- engine constructed by Merryweathers for the use of factory fire brigade

Background imageAccidents Collection: Great Fire of London

Great Fire of London
Old St Pauls cathedral engulfed by flames

Background imageAccidents Collection: Horse drawn fire engine

Horse drawn fire engine
A horse drawn fire engine

Background imageAccidents Collection: Fire Engine in Action

Fire Engine in Action
A London fire-engine in action racing to a burning building

Background imageAccidents Collection: Great Fire of London

Great Fire of London
The blazing city seen from the south bank of the Thames

Background imageAccidents Collection: Sutherland Fire Engine

Sutherland Fire Engine
Merryweathers Sutherland fire-engine, which gained first prize at the international contest at the Crystal Palace. The engine continued in use for 27 years

Background imageAccidents Collection: Consolidated B-24H Liberator

Consolidated B-24H Liberator
USAF 854th Bs Bomber Squadron / 491st Bg Bomber Group Consolidated B-24H Liberator Nosed over in Soft Ground at North Picham? Date: 1944

Background imageAccidents Collection: Sporting with Winter Sports by H. M. Bateman - ski-ing

Sporting with Winter Sports by H. M. Bateman - ski-ing
Ski-ing high jinks according to H. M. Bateman in his series of cartoons on winter sports. Date: 1912

Background imageAccidents Collection: Woman police officer attending an accident

Woman police officer attending an accident where a man appears to have fallen off a ladder. She is speaking into her hand-held radio. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageAccidents Collection: Breakdown lorry from Lambeth fire station in action

Breakdown lorry from Lambeth fire station in action
The breakdown lorry, from Lambeth fire station, being deployed to move a lorry involved in a serious accident with the OXO lorry in the distance

Background imageAccidents Collection: Humpty Dumpty looking unhappy after his fall

Humpty Dumpty looking unhappy after his fall, with cracks all over his head. A soldier in the background looks on helplessly

Background imageAccidents Collection: Fire Engine of 1666

Fire Engine of 1666
The early fire engine named Ye Deluge, used at the Great Fire of London in 1666 and attended the first fire at Bournemouth

Background imageAccidents Collection: Train collision, Maze Hill Station, SE London

Train collision, Maze Hill Station, SE London
Train collision and derailment at Maze Hill Station, SE London, 4 July 1958. Close-up of the point of impact. Date: 1958

Background imageAccidents Collection: Firefighters at work in London Underground

Firefighters at work in London Underground
Firefighters at work in the carriage of a London Underground train following an incident on 28 February 1975. The train had failed to stop at Moorgate station

Background imageAccidents Collection: Scene of an accident in an Islington street, London

Scene of an accident in an Islington street, London
Scene of an accident in an Islington street, North London, with a trolley bus passing by

Background imageAccidents Collection: The Last Word by William Heath Robinson

The Last Word by William Heath Robinson
A motorcyclist, engrossed in a crossword, fails to notice that he is driving over the edge of a cliff just as he discovers the right answer to one of the clues

Background imageAccidents Collection: All went well till the wheels came off

All went well till the wheels came off. Cartoon strip from the Bonzo Annual, 1935 Date: 1935

Background imageAccidents Collection: Traffic Accident Group

Traffic Accident Group
A Metropolitan Police Traffic Accident Group, consisting of two Triumph motorcycles and one Wolseley 6/110 motor car, fitted with radio transmitter and loudspeaker

Background imageAccidents Collection: Sponge diver loses his footing

Sponge diver loses his footing
Diving for sponges off the Tunisian coast, diver loses a leg to a shark

Background imageAccidents Collection: Roman Fire Engine / Pump

Roman Fire Engine / Pump
Roman fire engine, consisting of two double-cylindered force pumps worked by means of a rocking beam (now lost)

Background imageAccidents Collection: 1st Steam Fire Engine

1st Steam Fire Engine
The first steam-powered fire engine by Ericsson and Braithwaite, used at several fires very successfully

Background imageAccidents Collection: TOZER FIRE PUMP / C. 1870

TOZER FIRE PUMP / C. 1870
Tozer Fire-Pump, a portable and extremely useful fire- pump, named after the Chief Officer of the Fire Brigade of the City of Birmingham

Background imageAccidents Collection: Portable Steam Pump / 1883

Portable Steam Pump / 1883
Valiant portable Steam Pump. designed and patented by Merryweathers in 1883. A powerful self-contained pumping engine

Background imageAccidents Collection: Great Fire of Chicago

Great Fire of Chicago
More than half of the city is destroyed by a fire

Background imageAccidents Collection: Fire Fighting 1666

Fire Fighting 1666
Hand squirts, leather buckets, axe and helmet from the period of the Great Fire of London (in the Merryweather Collection)

Background imageAccidents Collection: Chamberpot Emptied

Chamberpot Emptied
Just in Time ! To empty the chamberpot out of the bedroom window is socially acceptable, but to do so on the head of a gentleman caller shows lack of consideration

Background imageAccidents Collection: Horse drawn fire engine, Trafalgar Square, London

Horse drawn fire engine, Trafalgar Square, London
A horse drawn fire engine races past Trafalgar Square, Central London

Background imageAccidents Collection: Scorchers Progress - The Marble Arch - Errant city cyclist

Scorchers Progress - The Marble Arch - Errant city cyclist
The Scorchers Progress - The Marble Arch - Errant city cyclist causing havoc aid his fellow road-users, knocking over a man and his dog. An old take on a current issue! Date: 1904

Background imageAccidents Collection: Canadian Fire Department

Canadian Fire Department
Canadian fire services and engine Date: 1950s

Background imageAccidents Collection: Firemen at Chipping Norton Workhouse, Oxfordshire

Firemen at Chipping Norton Workhouse, Oxfordshire
Firemen stand in a burnt-out section of the Chipping Norton workhouse in Oxfordshire following a fire on 19 March 1911. Sewing machines and cotton reels amongst the debris indicate a sewing room

Background imageAccidents Collection: French Fireman 1850

French Fireman 1850
French firemen - (sapeurs-pomiers) Date: 1850

Background imageAccidents Collection: Syntax Star-Gazing

Syntax Star-Gazing
Dr Syntax shows a lady the stars through a telescope, while the butler trips over a dog on the stairs and drops his tray of crockery

Background imageAccidents Collection: Insurance advertisement from 1912

Insurance advertisement from 1912
A rather macabre insurance advertisement, with six photographs illustrating various road accidents of the time, including motor cars, motor bus, train and horse cabs

Background imageAccidents Collection: Accident- Snow from Roof

Accident- Snow from Roof
A REGULAR DAMPER - AND NO MISTAKE Having left an exhibition on Swiss avalanches a tatty man suffers a similar fate courtesy of a roof clearer !

Background imageAccidents Collection: Printemps Store Aflame

Printemps Store Aflame
Printemps Department Store in flames, Paris

Background imageAccidents Collection: St Etienne Circus / 1903

St Etienne Circus / 1903
At St. Etienne, a circus tent (the big top) is carried away by a high wind, causing chaos inside, as animals and humans panic and try to flee

Background imageAccidents Collection: C17th Fire Engine / Dutch

C17th Fire Engine / Dutch
An early fire engine in use in Holland. The first flexible hose was invented by Jan van der Heijden in 1672 in the Netherlands, and a pre-cursor of this may be shown here

Background imageAccidents Collection: Burying the Hatchet

Burying the Hatchet
A terrible accident during a street circus act where a knife-thrower misjudges his aim and hits his woman assistant in the head with his throwing hatchet

Background imageAccidents Collection: Motor Fire-Boat / London

Motor Fire-Boat / London
The Beta III one of the London Fire Brigades several fire-boats, constructed by Merryweathers in 1926



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