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Background imageAwful Collection: Awful changes cartoon

Awful changes cartoon
Satirical lithograph cartoon by Henry T De la Beche c.1830, depicting Charles Lyell (centre) as Professor Ichthyosaurus

Background imageAwful Collection: WW2 - NaFI presents ENSA Production at Alexandria, Egypt

WW2 - NaFI presents ENSA Production at Alexandria, Egypt
WW2 - A playbill for a production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde produced by N.A.A.F.I (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes)

Background imageAwful Collection: Awful changes cartoon

Awful changes cartoon
Satirical pen and ink cartoon by Henry T De la Beche c.1830, depicting Charles Lyell (centre) as Professor Ichthyosaurus

Background imageAwful Collection: Female Gurner

Female Gurner
A woman gurner pulls a truely awful face through a leather ring during the gurning contest at Egremont Crab Fair, Whitehaven, Cumbria, England

Background imageAwful Collection: ANGRY GOLFER 1897

ANGRY GOLFER 1897
Having made an awful mess of his shot, a golfer vents his anger, much to the amusement of his caddy. Date: 1897

Background imageAwful Collection: The Road to Ascot / 1846

The Road to Ascot / 1846
A sketch on the road to Ascot. The summer of 1846 was a particularly hot one bringing that awful accompaniment - dust !

Background imageAwful Collection: RMSTitanic, letter, United Artists Studos

RMSTitanic, letter, United Artists Studos
RMS TITANIC: Previously unseen letter, dated 5th May 1938 on United Artists Studio Corporation, Hollywood notepaper to Titanic First-Class passenger Laura Mabel Francatelli

Background imageAwful Collection: Letter to Laura Francatelli, RMS Titanic survivor

Letter to Laura Francatelli, RMS Titanic survivor
White Star Line, RMS Titanic. Previously unseen letter dated 5th May 1938 on United Artists Studio Corporation, Hollywood notepaper to Titanic First Class passenger Laura Mabel Francatelli

Background imageAwful Collection: Music cover, The Coffee Song, Frank Sinatra

Music cover, The Coffee Song, Frank Sinatra
Music cover, The Coffee Song (They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil), by Bob Hilliard and Dick Miles, sung by Frank Sinatra Date: 1946

Background imageAwful Collection: But it was only young from next door, larking with the bust out of the library;

But it was only young from next door, larking with the bust out of the library; and it being the fashion to make fun of dear old Shakespeare just now, the joke took immensely. Date: 1864

Background imageAwful Collection: Comic postcard, Two men chatting in a pub - frogs and rats Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Two men chatting in a pub - frogs and rats Date: 20th century

Background imageAwful Collection: GERMANS RAVAGE FRANCE

GERMANS RAVAGE FRANCE
ANTI-GERMAN Cover of a book describing some of the awful things the Boche have done in Belgium and France Date: circa 1915

Background imageAwful Collection: Phil May cartoon - Tuneless Street band

Phil May cartoon - Tuneless Street band
1904

Background imageAwful Collection: WASP AT A PICNIC

WASP AT A PICNIC
Awful appearance of a wopps at a picnic: picnic guests are severely bothered when a rather large wasp takes an interest in their food, one of the hazards of outdoor eating Date: circa 1840

Background imageAwful Collection: His 128th birthday - Gee, but this is an awful stretch

His 128th birthday - Gee, but this is an awful stretch!. American Eagle standing on the world - one foot in USA. the other in Central America. Date 1904 June 29

Background imageAwful Collection: King Solomons Mines

King Solomons Mines
Sir Henry Curtis wrestles with Twala : " It was a mighty struggle, and an awful thing to see." But Sir Henry over- powers his opponent and cuts off his head with his axe

Background imageAwful Collection: Tense, Nervous Headache?

Tense, Nervous Headache?
A young woman lies in bed with an awful headache or migrane. Date: 1960s

Background imageAwful Collection: Advert for Ch. Lalanne hair dye 1912

Advert for Ch. Lalanne hair dye 1912
Oh, what a shock for the man in your life, when your first grey hair appears! Ah, but thanks to Lalannes wonderful colorant, he need never know the awful truth.. 1912

Background imageAwful Collection: Father Christmas apparition on a Christmas card

Father Christmas apparition on a Christmas card
Father Christmas awful apparition on a Christmas card -- he appears to be terrorising three edible birds with strings of sausages and onions. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageAwful Collection: Man at the end of his tether with piano-playing singing wife

Man at the end of his tether with piano-playing singing wife
" Every Morning I feel like shooting." An American man seemingly at the end of his tether with the less-than-tuneful efforts of his enthusiastic piano-playing, singing wife

Background imageAwful Collection: Wife despairs at Husbands awful choice of attire and colour

Wife despairs at Husbands awful choice of attire and colour - " Strike me pink!" Date: circa 1940s

Background imageAwful Collection: A New Seaside Tenor

A New Seaside Tenor
A new Seaside Tenor launches into his signature tune. It looks as if the audience may just be making use of the extra exit in case of emergency... " Please vacate the aria !!! " Date: 1901

Background imageAwful Collection: Courthouse scene in Australia - cartoon by Phil May

Courthouse scene in Australia - cartoon by Phil May
A Reminiscence of Australia. Bush Magistrate (to visiting Magistrates who have had a wild night) - " Look here, Fellers, before we go on wid this case

Background imageAwful Collection: An awful blow

An awful blow. Illustration shows a weather vane with an elephant labeled GOP. being blown in all directions by clouds labeled New Nationalism, Radicalism, Insurgency, Conservatism

Background imageAwful Collection: Miss Peace of the Hague: Ach! I blow in so sweet and it come

Miss Peace of the Hague: Ach! I blow in so sweet and it comes out so awful!. Illustration shows the angel of peace sitting on a rocky ledge

Background imageAwful Collection: Humpty Dumpty slips from the wall; Humptys due for an awful

Humpty Dumpty slips from the wall; Humptys due for an awful fall. Illustration shows Humpty Dumpty labeled Excessive Protection slipping off a wall labeled Tariff Wall

Background imageAwful Collection: Awful calamity gulf tidal wave. September 8th 1900

Awful calamity gulf tidal wave. September 8th 1900

Background imageAwful Collection: The U. S. Battleship Maine

The U. S. Battleship Maine
The U.S. Battleship Maine. Twin Screw; Length, 318 Feet; Breadth, 57 Feet; Displacement, 6, 682 Tons. Destroyed in the Harbor of Havana, February 15th, 1898

Background imageAwful Collection: Sinking of the British Battle Ship Victoria Off Tripoli, Syr

Sinking of the British Battle Ship Victoria Off Tripoli, Syria, June 22nd 1893. By Collision with the Battle Ship Camperdown during the Manoeuvres of the British Squadron commanded by Vice Admiral

Background imageAwful Collection: Steam Boat Lexington Fire

Steam Boat Lexington Fire
Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat Lexington in Long Island Sound on Monday Evening, January 13th 1840, by which melancholy occurrence, over 100 Persons Perished. Date: January 13th 1840

Background imageAwful Collection: A scene inside a cafe

A scene inside a cafe
Flo: I say, do you believe that awful story about Doris? Elsie: Of course I do- which one? An illustration of two ladies catching up with the gossip inside a cafe

Background imageAwful Collection: Andersonville Prisoners

Andersonville Prisoners
Federal prisoners undergo awful hardships at Andersonville, where they have to endure the cold and the rain with scarcely enough clothing or shelter

Background imageAwful Collection: Vertumnia and Hamadryad

Vertumnia and Hamadryad
Vertumnia loves a hamadryad, but he doesn t love her; so she disguises herself as an old woman and tells him awful stories of what happens to people who reject love

Background imageAwful Collection: Pius IX Returns

Pius IX Returns
Now that the French have rescued Rome from those awful Republicans, it is safe for Pius IX to go back : he lands at Naples where the pious citizens fall to their knees

Background imageAwful Collection: The Three-Decker Novel

The Three-Decker Novel
Three ladies read the successive volumes of a three-decker - the tranquil opening volume, the awful disclosures of the second, the tearful denoument of the third

Background imageAwful Collection: Effect of Corsets

Effect of Corsets
Wearing a corset may make you look nice, but it does awful things to your body

Background imageAwful Collection: Harpies / Johnstone

Harpies / Johnstone
Though Johnstone includes the harpy in his natural history of birds, they are only half- birds, having human faces; they have nasty habits and they smell awful

Background imageAwful Collection: Etats-Generaux 1561

Etats-Generaux 1561
A session of the Etats- Generaux is held at Orleans. The feeble Charles IX presides, but the real power is his awful mother, Catherine de Medicis seated beside him

Background imageAwful Collection: Bewick / Skunk

Bewick / Skunk
(Mephitis mephitis) This mustelid inhabits north and south America, and is famed for the awful-smelling liquid it projects at predators from ducts at its rear end

Background imageAwful Collection: Scared of Ghosts

Scared of Ghosts
I don t believe in ghosts... but somehow I m awful scared of em


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