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Background imageBest Collection: Rolex wrist watch advertisement, 1931

Rolex wrist watch advertisement, 1931
Advertisement for iconic watch brand Rolex, the worlds most accurate wrist watch. Date: 1931

Background imageBest Collection: Advertisement for Triumph Renown motor car

Advertisement for Triumph Renown motor car
Advertisement for the Triumph Renown motor car -- all thats best in Britain. Featuring a traditional cricket match on a village green on a sunny Saturday afternoon. 1951

Background imageBest Collection: The Last Caravan by A. E. Bestall

The Last Caravan by A. E. Bestall
A colour illustration by Alfred Bestall showing a fantasy scene where a group of travellers are being spied on from woodland by a centaur and female imps

Background imageBest Collection: British 25-pounder field gun by G. H. Davis

British 25-pounder field gun by G. H. Davis
Considered at the time to be the best field gun in the world: the British 25-pounder. Diagrammatic drawings of a famous British weapon

Background imageBest Collection: North American P-51D Mustang -the adoption of the Rolls

North American P-51D Mustang -the adoption of the Rolls-Royce Merlin transformed the P-51 into the best US fighter of World War 2

Background imageBest Collection: Sir Robert Peel, c. 1846

Sir Robert Peel, c. 1846
Engraving of Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), the English statesman and Prime Minister. Peel was a Conservative MP who held strong views on Irish Catholicism and Free Trade vs Protectionism

Background imageBest Collection: Errol Flynn / Warner

Errol Flynn / Warner
ERROL FLYNN Irish-American film actor, best known for his swashbuckling roles

Background imageBest Collection: THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL One of the greatest of best- sellers, the cover shows Leslie Howard in the best of the film versions, produced in 1935

Background imageBest Collection: Tatler cover - Ronald Colman and his Sealyham Terrier

Tatler cover - Ronald Colman and his Sealyham Terrier
Film star Ronald Colman (1891-1958) pictured on the front cover of The Tatler with his Sealyham Terrier in 1931. Date: 1931

Background imageBest Collection: Poster, British Seagull outboard motor

Poster, British Seagull outboard motor
Poster, British Seagull, The best outboard motor in the world, Every dinghy a motor dinghy. circa 1950

Background imageBest Collection: Fruit Label -- best Jaffa grapefruit

Fruit Label -- best Jaffa grapefruit
Fruit Label -- Ruth best Jaffa grapefruit, packed by Z A Chelouche, produce of Palestine. Depicting a smiling woman with a tray of fruit balanced on her head. Date: 20th century

Background imageBest Collection: Islington Angel

Islington Angel
The Angel at Islington is one of North Londons best- known landmarks at the site of one of its busiest crossroads. Date: 1895

Background imageBest Collection: Vesta Tilley / Piccadilly

Vesta Tilley / Piccadilly
VESTA TILLEY Music hall entertainer, best known for her male impersonations, singing Algy, the Piccadilly Johnny (with the little glass eye)

Background imageBest Collection: Advert / Whitbread Pale A

Advert / Whitbread Pale A
WHITBREADs PALE ALE ashore or afloat, the best summer beverage

Background imageBest Collection: The Nile is Egypt, Cooks Nile Steamers

The Nile is Egypt, Cooks Nile Steamers
Poster or handbill advertising Cooks Nile Steamers, the best way to explore Egypts ancient splendour and modern charm. Showing an ancient monument with hieroglyphics, with two men in Egyptian dress

Background imageBest Collection: Advert / Umbrellas / 1930S

Advert / Umbrellas / 1930S
Umbrellas from Parapluie- Revel, Lyons, France - the very best umbrella manufacturer

Background imageBest Collection: Ransomes Lawnmowers Advertisement

Ransomes Lawnmowers Advertisement
An illustrated advertisement for an Ideal Homes Exhibition stand for Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies Ltd. promoting Ransomes Lawnmowers. The image shows a decorative green model on a tidy lawn

Background imageBest Collection: Oxton House, Devon, seat of Rev. John Beaumont Swete

Oxton House, Devon, seat of Rev. John Beaumont Swete. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Rudolph Ackermanns Repository of Arts, London, 1827

Background imageBest Collection: Silhouette of barmaid and customer in a pub

Silhouette of barmaid and customer in a pub
The best drink is the last drink -- scene at 10pm in The Crown, Harrogate, with a barmaid, a customer and his dog

Background imageBest Collection: Beer is Best

Beer is Best
A satisfied looking man wearing a trilby and smoking a pipe holds a glass of beer while propping up a pub bar. Beer pumps just visible

Background imageBest Collection: Advert / Camp Coffee 1890S

Advert / Camp Coffee 1890S
Camp Coffee is still the best

Background imageBest Collection: The Royal Lincolns in Malaya

The Royal Lincolns in Malaya
A photograph of officers of the 1st Battalion Royal Lincolnshire Regiment taken at Taiping. Back row: Lt. J. Mills, 2/Lt. M.H. Best, Lts. E.C. Whitby, A.F. Townsend, 2/Lts N.L. Williams, W.C

Background imageBest Collection: Eve Before The Fall. By A. E. Bestall

Eve Before The Fall. By A. E. Bestall
A scene beside a waterfall of four girls in their bathing costumes. The girls are watching the waterfall, prehaps resting after swimming

Background imageBest Collection: Overton World Map / 1670

Overton World Map / 1670
A new and accurate map of the world drawn according to the best and late discoveries of 1670

Background imageBest Collection: Jesus Teaches to Pray

Jesus Teaches to Pray
Jesus teaches his disciples how best to pray

Background imageBest Collection: Fashionable Passengers

Fashionable Passengers
In their creations by Drecoll and Martial et Armand they can look their best while en voyage... travelling in a train carriage Date: 1924

Background imageBest Collection: Primus Stove

Primus Stove
THE PRIMUS STOVE North, South, East or West Primus is best

Background imageBest Collection: England / Hedingham Castle

England / Hedingham Castle
One of the best preserved Norman keeps in England, Hedingham Castle was built by the de Veres, the Earls of Oxford, in 1140

Background imageBest Collection: The First Rolls Royce

The First Rolls Royce
The first Rolls-Royce is already a distinguished looking vehicle with claims to be the best car in the world

Background imageBest Collection: Fest / Britain / Guide Cover

Fest / Britain / Guide Cover
The cover of an official guide. Following the war, the festival aimed to raise the nations spirits whilst promoting the best in British art, design and industry. Date: 1951

Background imageBest Collection: Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith 1897-1935

Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith 1897-1935
Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith, 1897-1935. This photo is regarded by his family as the best and most typical ever taken of Smithy. Date: 1935

Background imageBest Collection: Advertisement for the Brinsmead grand piano

Advertisement for the Brinsmead grand piano
An advertisement for the Brinsmead grand piano, the best that British craftsmanship can produce, with a pure singing tone and beauty of finish. Payment by instalments can be arranged... Date: 1913

Background imageBest Collection: Michelin Tyre Advert

Michelin Tyre Advert
The Michelin Man sits atop Olympia and makes sure all the exhibits for the 1913 motor show are equipped with the best tyres. Date: 1913

Background imageBest Collection: The Tune That He Loved Best by David Wright

The Tune That He Loved Best by David Wright, showing a woman sat listening to a gramaphone. Wright produced a series of over 160 illustrations or pin-ups for The Sketch during the 1940 s

Background imageBest Collection: Cid Officers Sunday Best

Cid Officers Sunday Best
C.I.D officers (who can be seen in disguise as dockers in the other picture in this set) sit proudly in their Sunday best, no longer sporting fake hands and eye-patches!

Background imageBest Collection: MAPS / BRITAIN / 1763

MAPS / BRITAIN / 1763
An accurate map of Great Britain and Ireland from the best authorities

Background imageBest Collection: Meat Mincer 1889

Meat Mincer 1889
The Enterprise meat chopper, or mincer, is apparently the best in the world

Background imageBest Collection: Healing on Sunday

Healing on Sunday
The priests aren t best pleased when Jesus heals on Sunday, but he explains that the sabbath was made for man and not vice versa

Background imageBest Collection: Samuel Smiles Vanity Fr

Samuel Smiles Vanity Fr
SAMUEL SMILES Scottish author, best known for his book Self-Help of 1859

Background imageBest Collection: SON OF THE SHEIK

SON OF THE SHEIK
Valentinos last film, and one of his best, matches him with dancing girl Vilma Banky in George Fitzmaurices sequel to The Sheik, a classic of Hollywood exotica

Background imageBest Collection: Poster, Rudge, Britains best bicycle

Poster, Rudge, Britains best bicycle, a product of Raleigh Industries, Nottingham. Date: circa 1950

Background imageBest Collection: Lady Margaret Cavendish-Bentinck marries

Lady Margaret Cavendish-Bentinck marries
The marriage of Lady Margaret Cavendish-Bentinck, younger daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Portland, to Principe Gaetano Parente

Background imageBest Collection: Glenwood Cooker Advert

Glenwood Cooker Advert
Gas or coal does its best work in this remarkable Glenwood range - five burners for gas and four covers for coal... the Thermolator automatically controls the oven heat

Background imageBest Collection: Advert, Atkinson & Barkers Royal Infants Preservative

Advert, Atkinson & Barkers Royal Infants Preservative
Atkinson & Barkers Royal Infants Preservative, claimed to be the best medicine in the world, by royal appointment, with portraits of Queen Victoria and Princess Alexandra in their bridal dresses

Background imageBest Collection: Wedding of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones

Wedding of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones
The Royal Wedding - 6th May 1960 - The Wedding of Princess Margaret (1930-2002) and Anthony Armstrong Jones (1st Earl of Snowdon 1930-), pictured with the Best Man Doctor Roger W

Background imageBest Collection: In Possession. By A. E. Bestall

In Possession. By A. E. Bestall
Three girls sat on a bank by a stream watching a crab under the water. Alfred Bestall (1892-1986) is best-known as the artist who drew Rupert Bear for thirty years

Background imageBest Collection: Two frogs with insect on a greetings card

Two frogs with insect on a greetings card
Two frogs with an insect on a greetings card -- Happy be thy dreams. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageBest Collection: LA Samaritaine, Paris

LA Samaritaine, Paris
The Samaritaine, in the rue de Rivoli, is still Pariss biggest and best department store. (on the reverse of this card are portraits of the founders of the store.)



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