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Celebration Collection

Background imageCelebration Collection: Roman orgy to celebrate the Saturnalia

Roman orgy to celebrate the Saturnalia
Roman men and women having an orgy to celebrate the Saturnalia, held in honour of the god Saturn. Date: circa 1st century

Background imageCelebration Collection: The Bohemians of Chelsea, scene from Tantivy Towers

The Bohemians of Chelsea, scene from Tantivy Towers
A scene from the British light opera, Tantivy Towers, written by A. P. Herbert. The story mocks both the artistic high brows or bohemians of Chelsea as well as the sporting lusty low brows who enjoy

Background imageCelebration Collection: Eric Liddell celebrating his Olympic win at Edinburgh Univer

Eric Liddell celebrating his Olympic win at Edinburgh Univer
Eric Liddell, the 400m gold medallist at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, crowned and chaired at Edinburgh University where he had studied science

Background imageCelebration Collection: Mitchells Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota, USA

Mitchells Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota, USA
Mitchells Corn Palace, The Worlds Only Corn Palace at Mitchell, South Dakota, USA. The card notes that this building is redecorated annually at a cost of $10

Background imageCelebration Collection: Peace, Perfect Peace by Heath Robinson

Peace, Perfect Peace by Heath Robinson. Being the Morning after the Night Before. The aftermath of energetic peace celebrations to mark the end of the First World War

Background imageCelebration Collection: American St Patricks Day Card

American St Patricks Day Card Date: circa 1910

Background imageCelebration Collection: Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel

Background imageCelebration Collection: Illustrated London News Silver Jubilee Number 1935

Illustrated London News Silver Jubilee Number 1935
Front cover of The Illustrated London News conjuring up the pomp and pageantry of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of King George V with a parade of liveried riders

Background imageCelebration Collection: Christmas Evening

Christmas Evening

Background imageCelebration Collection: Cats Balancing on Cat Date: 1905

Cats Balancing on Cat Date: 1905

Background imageCelebration Collection: Blighty magazine cover, Christmas 1945

Blighty magazine cover, Christmas 1945 - Happy New Year! 1945

Background imageCelebration Collection: Empire Day - May 24th, 1909

Empire Day - May 24th, 1909
One King. One Fleet. One Flag. One Empire. Celebration postcard to commemorate Empire Day - May 24th, 1909. Members of the British Empire celebrate beneath a statue of Queen Victoria above a

Background imageCelebration Collection: Banquet Hall of King Sahla Sellasie, Ethiopia

Banquet Hall of King Sahla Sellasie, Ethiopia
After Lent the King provided an open table to every free man in a banquet that lasted a week. Watercolour, 1842. Johann Martin Bernatz. 1842

Background imageCelebration Collection: Penny Post Jubilee card - Sir Rowland Hill - 1890

Penny Post Jubilee card - Sir Rowland Hill - 1890
A Penny Post Jubilee card, issued in 1890 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee (50 years, 1840 - 1890) of the Penny Post. The card features a postman from 1840 and one from 1890

Background imageCelebration Collection: King George V - Silver Jubilee celebration postcard

King George V - Silver Jubilee celebration postcard, featuring portraits of the King and Queen Mary and a view of Buckingham Palace, London. Date: 1935

Background imageCelebration Collection: The celebration of the Mawlid al-nabi at Cairo, Egypt

The celebration of the Mawlid al-nabi at Cairo, Egypt - the observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad which is celebrated in Rabi al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar

Background imageCelebration Collection: Two women in fancy dress with tankards

Two women in fancy dress with tankards
Two women in fancy dress costumes comprising of knickerbockers, shirts and waistcoats, raise a tankard of beer each - presumably they re meant to be some kind of 17th century roisterers? c.1928

Background imageCelebration Collection: John, Duke of Berrys household exchanging New Year gifts. T

John, Duke of Berrys household exchanging New Year gifts. The Duke is seated at the right, in blue. Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. 15th century. Miniature. Chateau de Chantilly. France

Background imageCelebration Collection: The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelp

The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelp
United States. The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia. Horticultural Hall. The Spanish and American Illustration (1876)

Background imageCelebration Collection: Joseph Harker, theatrical scenic artist

Joseph Harker, theatrical scenic artist
Joseph Cunningham Harker (1855-1927), theatrical scenic artist, depicted in a drawing by his son Roland on a Savage Club notice, probably for a Christmas celebration. 1919

Background imageCelebration Collection: Turkish poster celebrating defence of Gallipoli, WW1

Turkish poster celebrating defence of Gallipoli, WW1
Turkish poster celebrating the defence of Gallipoli against the Allies during the First World War. Date: 1915

Background imageCelebration Collection: Patriotic Poster - 30th Anniversary of Dien Bien Phu

Patriotic Poster - 30th Anniversary of Dien Bien Phu
Vietnamese Patriotic Poster - 30 Years Commemoration of the Victory against the French at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in May, 1954. Breaking the shackles of Colonial oppression. Date: 1984

Background imageCelebration Collection: Flowers for Grandmother

Flowers for Grandmother

Background imageCelebration Collection: County Cricket Match in 1939 - a wicket for Gover of Surrey

County Cricket Match in 1939 - a wicket for Gover of Surrey
County Cricket Match at the Oval in 1939 - a wicket has just fallen, caught behind. The bowler appears to be the Surrey player Alf Gover. Date: 1939

Background imageCelebration Collection: The White Horse Inn by Harry Graham

The White Horse Inn by Harry Graham
Promotional postcard for The White Horse Inn by Harry Graham from the German of Hans Muller (Im Weissen Roessl, Grosses Schauspielhaus, Berlin, 8th November 1930); music Ralph Benatzky &c

Background imageCelebration Collection: Bystander Royal Wedding Number front cover - George VI

Bystander Royal Wedding Number front cover - George VI
Front cover of The Bystander magazines Royal Wedding Number, celebrating the marriage of Prince Albert of York (the future King George VI) to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on 26 April 1923

Background imageCelebration Collection: Toasting the royal wedding at the Riviera Club, 1923

Toasting the royal wedding at the Riviera Club, 1923
Revellers at the fashionable Riviera Club by the Thames on Grosvenor Road, London, raise a glass to toast the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York in April 1923. Date: 1923

Background imageCelebration Collection: The Victory Ball by Pizer

The Victory Ball by Pizer
An impression of the great Victory Ball, held at the Albert Hall to celebrate the end of the First World War in aid of the Nations Fund for Nurses

Background imageCelebration Collection: Coronation bonfire at Whitehaven, 1902

Coronation bonfire at Whitehaven, 1902
A superbly constructed bonfire at Whitehaven, 120 feet in height and 155 feet in circumference, containing 600 tons of timber and brushwood

Background imageCelebration Collection: Coronation design, Maison Prunier

Coronation design, Maison Prunier
Coronation cover from Maison Prunier (a special menu perhaps?) celebrating the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother)

Background imageCelebration Collection: The Carnival of Oruro, Bolivia

The Carnival of Oruro, Bolivia
The Carnival of Oruro - a religious festival (dating back over 2000 years) in Oruro, Bolivia - one of UNESCOs Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Background imageCelebration Collection: The Coronation of King Edward VII - Souvenir Postcard

The Coronation of King Edward VII - Souvenir Postcard bearing the original intended date of the ceremony (26 June 1902) which was postponed (put back until 9th August) due to the Kings illness

Background imageCelebration Collection: King Oscar II of Sweden - Jubilee Postcard

King Oscar II of Sweden - Jubilee Postcard
A delightful card (mixture of white embossing and a pale yellow background) depicting King Oscar of Sweden (1829-1907) - Jubilee Postcard celebrating the Kings 75th Birthday

Background imageCelebration Collection: Cartoon, January, Twelfth Night, Drawing Characters

Cartoon, January, Twelfth Night, Drawing Characters -- part of a series of Christmas and New Year cartoons. circa 1840s

Background imageCelebration Collection: Stalls for the Muled en-Nabi festivity in Cairo, Egypt

Stalls for the Muled en-Nabi festivity in Cairo, Egypt
Decorated stalls for the Muled en-Nabi festivity in Cairo, Egypt. Mawlid (or muled in Egyptian Arabic) is the observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad but in some countries the term

Background imageCelebration Collection: Nellie Wallaces party at Warwick Square

Nellie Wallaces party at Warwick Square
A large group of guests gathered on the stairs at the engagement party of comedienne, Nellie Wallace and Mr. J. Selwyn Smithurst at Warwick Square, London

Background imageCelebration Collection: Wassail, c. 1650

Wassail, c. 1650
Wassail. A man gleefully fills a large wine jug with wine from a barrel. c.1650 Date: C.1650

Background imageCelebration Collection: On with the dance by Lewis Baumer

On with the dance by Lewis Baumer
A fancy dress ball in full swing in the early 1920s with couples on the dance floor in costume and balloons and streamers filling the air. Date: 1921

Background imageCelebration Collection: Carnival Party 1906

Carnival Party 1906
The champagne seems to be taking its toll at this carnival party as a pretty young woman gazes wistfully, eyed by a monocled gent behind her. Date: 1906

Background imageCelebration Collection: Belgium Indepence - Patriotic Postcard

Belgium Indepence - Patriotic Postcard
The first 80 years of Belgian Indepence (1831-1911) celebrated in this patriotic postcard featuring the King and other Royal family members past and present plus technological advances

Background imageCelebration Collection: Ukrainian Cossack Wedding Party

Ukrainian Cossack Wedding Party. circa 1898

Background imageCelebration Collection: Two Teenage Girls

Two Teenage Girls

Background imageCelebration Collection: In the Fairy Ring - Florence Mary Anderson

In the Fairy Ring - Florence Mary Anderson
A group of small, fairy children and elves dance around a larger fairy ballerina - by Florence Mary Anderson. 1918

Background imageCelebration Collection: 50th Anniversary celebration of the Eiffel Tower, Paris

50th Anniversary celebration of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France built in 1889 and the original suggested design by Maurice Koechlin from 1884 cinquantenaire

Background imageCelebration Collection: Revellers in pierrot costumes at the Chelsea Arts Club Dazzle Ball held at the Albert

Revellers in pierrot costumes at the Chelsea Arts Club Dazzle Ball held at the Albert Hall in March 1919. The theme was inspired by the technique of dazzle painting

Background imageCelebration Collection: Comic postcard, People in a charabanc for Coronation

Comic postcard, People in a charabanc for Coronation
Comic postcard, People in a charabanc, going to the Coronation Date: 20th century

Background imageCelebration Collection: A large crowd gathering - north of England (possibly Leeds or Sheffield?). Date: 1908

A large crowd gathering - north of England (possibly Leeds or Sheffield?). Date: 1908

Background imageCelebration Collection: WW II King George VI Buckingham Palace, VE Day celebration

WW II King George VI Buckingham Palace, VE Day celebration
Vintage World War II photograph - the King, George VI of Great Britain accompanies by the Queen and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, VE Day celebration



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