1957 nuclear test: Fall-out
Fallout: The sinister and prolonged after-effect of nuclear explosions: a drawing illustrating some characteristics of this haunting phenomenon.An illustration by special Illustrated London News artist G.H Davis, with the cooperation of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, showing the dangers of nuclear fall-out. Britain's first nuclear tests in May 1957 prompted fears about the long term effects of the explosions on human life. Possible dangers listed here include radio-active dust and particles in rain, and the contamination of fish stocks.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Skull and Crossbones - Inverted
The Jolly Roger is the name given to any of various flags flown to identify a ship's crew as pirates. The flag most usually identified as the Jolly Roger today is the skull and crossbones, being a flag consisting of a skull above two long bones set in an x-mark arrangement. This design was used by four pirates, captains Edward England, John Taylor, Sam Bellamy and John Martel.Despite its appearance in popular culture, plain black flags were often employed by most pirates in the 17th-18th century. Historically, the flag was flown to frighten pirates' victims into surrendering without a fight, since it conveyed the message that the attackers were outlaws who would not consider themselves bound by the usual rules of engagement and might, therefore, slaughter those they defeated.
© Mary Evans Picture Library/TOM GILLMOR
WW1 - 96th Batt. Canadian Highlanders - Terrified Germans
WW1 - Humorous patriotic postcard in support of the 96th Battalion (Canadian Highlanders), an infantry battalion of the Great War Canadian Expeditionary Force. Here, a fearsome soldier of the 96th Canadian Highlanders stands menacingly over the kneeling miserable and subservient figure of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who is being told "Cheer up Willie - you'll soon be dead"! Authorised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 28th November 1915 and embarking for Britain on 27th September 1916, its personnel on arrival were absorbed by the 92nd Battalion (48th Highlanders), CEF to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. The battalion officially disbanded on 8th October 1916. Date: 1916
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection