The Long, Long Drift
Illustration by Raymond Sheppard to an article entitled: 'The Long, Long Drift' by John Prebble, relating to the The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17, also known as the Endurance Expedition. This feat is considered the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Conceived by Sir Ernest Shackleton, the expedition was an attempt to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. On 30th October 1915, a march started across the Antarctic ice, following the crushing of the Endurance between the ever-shifting ice plates - two of the ship's lifeboats were carried on sledges, as depicted in this illustration"
© Mary Evans/Raymond Sheppard Collection
The Golliwogg's Bicycle Club - Cart becomes an Ambulance
The Cart becomes an Ambulance for the injured Golliwog and Sarah Jane as they head over the desert. The book charts Golliwogg's adventures with his dutch peg doll friends Peggy, Weg, Meg, Sarah Jane and the dinky little Midget. This is the 2nd title in a 13-book series of Golliwogg books written by mother Bertha and illustrated by daughter Florence. The tale revolved around their travels around the globe on homemade bicycles (and the disasters that befall them!). These books gave the origination of the term golliwogg, now seen as highly un-PC and socially-unacceptable for reasons of supposed racial stereotyping and changing political attitudes, despite the innocent intent of the original creation, set in a time of wildly different social 'norms'. Date: 1896
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Boy dragging coal wagon with belt and chain in mine
A boy with a belt and chain around his waist drags a heavy coal truck along a low underground passage in a mine at Halifax, Yorkshire. An official investigation in 1842 revealed that children as young as seven were being 'apprenticed' to work in mines, in some cases placed there by workhouses.
© Mary Evans / Peter Higginbotham Collection