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Happiness Collection

Background imageHappiness Collection: HRH Queen Elizabeth II

HRH Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022). She is wearing the George IV State Diadem or Diamond Diadem. Date: circa 1954

Background imageHappiness Collection: Juan les Pins travel posters

Juan les Pins travel posters
Travel poster advertising the fashionable resort of Juan les Pins on the Cote d Azur in the Alpes Maritimes south east region of France

Background imageHappiness Collection: The Toast by William Heath Robinson

The Toast by William Heath Robinson
A charming and detailed scene showing a large extended family, or possibly group of villagers drinking a toast around a large table groaning with delicious fruit pies, turkey, jelly, soup

Background imageHappiness Collection: Tatler front cover 1956

Tatler front cover 1956
Front cover design in a typical 1950s style for The Tatler Early Spring Number. A woman wearing a voluminous checked blouse has a moment to herself while surrounded by lilac blossom

Background imageHappiness Collection: His Masters Vice by George Studdy

His Masters Vice by George Studdy
Bonzo finds that consumption of his masters favourite drink has an unforeseen effect. A small puppy lies in a deliciously drunken stupour after helping himself to perhaps some gin or whiskey from a

Background imageHappiness Collection: Fair Exchange by George Studdy

Fair Exchange by George Studdy
Bonzo and the baby find fair exchange is no robbery. A rather alarming scene where the comic canine creation of George Studdy, Bonzo

Background imageHappiness Collection: Italian Wedding Card

Italian Wedding Card
Dancing cherubs on a good luck card, looking forward to the couples silver, gold and diamond anniversaries!

Background imageHappiness Collection: Rasselas and Imlac digging a tunnel

Rasselas and Imlac digging a tunnel
Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, together with his companion, the wise man Imlac, digging a tunnel in order to escape the Happy Valley and see what life is like beyond it

Background imageHappiness Collection: Good Luck Charms of Nenette and Rintintin bring good luck

Good Luck Charms of Nenette and Rintintin bring good luck
WW1 era France - The tiny yarn-doll good luck charms of Nenette and Rintintin bring good luck. Popular during the First World War in Paris and beyond. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageHappiness Collection: Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883). Spring, 1873

Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883). Spring, 1873
Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883). French painter. Spring, 1873. Oil on Canvas. Metropolitan Museum. New York. United States

Background imageHappiness Collection: Shirley Temple starring in Captain January

Shirley Temple starring in Captain January
Shirley Temple (1926-2014) starring in Captain January (American musical comedy-drama film directed by David Butler), 1936 - 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation Production. Date: 1936

Background imageHappiness Collection: Llandudno, North Wales - two jolly holidaymaking couples

Llandudno, North Wales - two jolly holidaymaking couples walk along the seafront arm in arm. Date: late 1930s

Background imageHappiness Collection: Arrival of troop train by Fortunino Matania

Arrival of troop train by Fortunino Matania
Back for Christmas holidays: arrival of a troop train in London by Fortunino Matania. Scene in Victoria train station a few minutes after the arrival of a troop train bringing back British soldiers

Background imageHappiness Collection: Silhouette swimwear advertisement, 1962

Silhouette swimwear advertisement, 1962
Jolly advertisement for Silhouette swimwear featuring a number of smiling (and, perhaps a little vacuous-looking) women on a beach wearing some brightly printed swimwear

Background imageHappiness Collection: A Quiet Half Hour by Leo Fontan

A Quiet Half Hour by Leo Fontan
A contented looking young woman, wearing a lovely pink, silk dress, matching shoes and lace cap, enjoys some me-time as she reads a book lying flat on her stomach and smokes like a chimney

Background imageHappiness Collection: Jumping through Fire

Jumping through Fire
A young couple from the Innviertel district of Austria jump through a bonfire on Saint Johns Eve, to bring themselves prosperity and happiness Date: 1889

Background imageHappiness Collection: Boy collecting apples

Boy collecting apples
A smiling, happy boy amongst the orchard trees, collecting the fallen shiny English apples in a wooden box. Painting by Raymond Sheppard

Background imageHappiness Collection: Out of wrong side of bed / W H Robinson

Out of wrong side of bed / W H Robinson
Post War Britain: Health and happiness at home. Simple precaution to prevent getting out of bed on the wrong side in the morning - a makeshift wall

Background imageHappiness Collection: The Bystander Summer Number 1928

The Bystander Summer Number 1928
A bold, colourful cover for The Bystander Summer Number featuring two attractive young women in beachwear. One, wearing a hat and holding a parasol, is more sensible of the sun

Background imageHappiness Collection: Lilies of the Valley, Purity and return of

Lilies of the Valley, Purity and return of
Lilies of the Valley, Convallaria majalis, Purity and return of happiness; The purple Emperor Butterfly, Apatura iris, Immortality of the soul

Background imageHappiness Collection: Happy familyyoung boy and his sisters

Happy familyyoung boy and his sisters. Date: 1950s

Background imageHappiness Collection: Taking a tumble has its compensations

Taking a tumble has its compensations
" The New Compensation Act" - " Hooray! I believe I ve broken my arm!" - a hotel chambermaid is not unduly concerned at her fall

Background imageHappiness Collection: Three young Japanese women

Three young Japanese women. Vintage 19th century photograph

Background imageHappiness Collection: A group of happy schoolgirls wearing Spanish tartan skirts

A group of happy schoolgirls wearing Spanish tartan skirts
A group of delighted schoolgirls sit on a wall and look off camera at something that surprises them and makes them smile. They all wear Spanish tartan skirts. Date: circa 1987

Background imageHappiness Collection: Boy with fishes, Sierra Leone

Boy with fishes, Sierra Leone
African boy with handful of five fishes freshly landed on Goderich Beach, Sierra Leone, West Africa Date: circa 1982

Background imageHappiness Collection: Mother with her young son carried on her shoulders

Mother with her young son carried on her shoulders
Jolly, smiling Mother with her young son carried on her shoulders. Date: 1915

Background imageHappiness Collection: The Fuling Mausoleum, Qing Dynasty - Shenyang, China

The Fuling Mausoleum, Qing Dynasty - Shenyang, China
The Fuling or Fu Mausoleum (" Mausoleum of Happiness" ) also known as the East Mausoleum - the mausoleum of Nurhaci, the founding emperor of the Qing dynasty and his wife

Background imageHappiness Collection: WW1 - Victory - Scottish & English soldiers with French lass

WW1 - Victory - Scottish & English soldiers with French lass
WW1 - Now we ARE alright - Victory - Scottish and English soldiers arm-in-arm with a French lovely jauntily skipping along a Paris Boulevard. Date: 1918

Background imageHappiness Collection: We Care for Nobody, No Not We by Florence Hardy

We Care for Nobody, No Not We by Florence Hardy
Delightful postcard featuring three dancing children dressed in clown and Pierrot costumes

Background imageHappiness Collection: Allegory of the Villa of Madrid, 1810, by Francisco de Goya

Allegory of the Villa of Madrid, 1810, by Francisco de Goya
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Spanish painter. Allegory of the Villa of Madrid, 1810. History Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageHappiness Collection: Charles IV abdicates in favour of his son Ferdinand

Charles IV abdicates in favour of his son Ferdinand
Peninsular War (1808-1814). Charles IV abdicates in favour of his son Ferdinand (Aranjuez, March 19, 1808). Etching and engraving on paper, circa 1814

Background imageHappiness Collection: The Threshing Ground or Summer, 1786, by Goya

The Threshing Ground or Summer, 1786, by Goya
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Spanish painter. The Threshing Ground or Summer, 1786. Detail. Lazaro Galdiano Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageHappiness Collection: The Happy Man, head and shoulders cartoon

The Happy Man, head and shoulders cartoon Date: circa 1850

Background imageHappiness Collection: Vietnamese Patriotic Poster - Thank you for Education

Vietnamese Patriotic Poster - Thank you for Education
Vietnamese Patriotic Poster - Thank You! Thank You! For the Gift of Education Date: circa mid-1970s

Background imageHappiness Collection: Topkapi Palace. Chapel of the relics of the Prophet

Topkapi Palace. Chapel of the relics of the Prophet
Ottoman Empire. Turkey. Constantinople (today Istanbul). Topkapi Palace. Chapel of the Seraglio. Relics of the Prophet. Engraving by Lemaitre

Background imageHappiness Collection: Illustration of man and woman in aeroplane, on aeromoon

Illustration of man and woman in aeroplane, on aeromoon
Illustration of man and woman in aeroplane with United States flags and flowers, on aeromoon'. Captioned, In the first flight of happiness: The Aeromoon and ?

Background imageHappiness Collection: Betty Balfour, actress, known as the British Mary Pickford

Betty Balfour, actress, known as the British Mary Pickford
Silent film actress Betty Balfour (1902-1977), known as the British Mary Pickford and Britain's Queen of Happiness Date: 1929

Background imageHappiness Collection: A German custom where walnut shells are floated in a bowl of water

A German custom where walnut shells are floated in a bowl of water, either the walnut comes together or drawn to the side, according to their movements it brings good luck or ill-luck. Date: 1908

Background imageHappiness Collection: Girl with basket of flowers

Girl with basket of flowers. Text: May the flowers of happiness be... by Flora White

Background imageHappiness Collection: Girl and bird under tree Text May the blue of

Girl and bird under tree Text May the blue of
Girl, and, bird, under, tree, Text, May, the, blue, of, happiness, Children's, Postcard, design, Watercolour, painting, Flora, White, 12022297

Background imageHappiness Collection: Western couple dressed in Japanese clothes

Western couple dressed in Japanese clothes
Vintage 19th century photograph - Meiji era Japan: portrait of a western couple dressed in Japanese clothes in a stduio setting, probably tourists

Background imageHappiness Collection: Group of children on the island of Capri, Italy

Group of children on the island of Capri, Italy
Vintage 19th century photograph: group of children on the island of Capri, Italy

Background imageHappiness Collection: Gentleman giving out medicines to beggars, 18th century

Gentleman giving out medicines to beggars, 18th century
English gentleman dispensing his medicine cabinet to beggars at Ivry-sur Seine, 18th century. He gives aerated salts to a one-armed soldier, Bruchsal elixir to an old woman, and magnetic drops

Background imageHappiness Collection: Cheery cover of London Opinion magazine, May 1932, featuring a group of gaily dressed

Cheery cover of London Opinion magazine, May 1932, featuring a group of gaily dressed and very pretty young women sitting on a sea wall. Date: 1932

Background imageHappiness Collection: Gloriously joyous photograph showing three women on the beach

Gloriously joyous photograph showing three women on the beach. While two younger women in their swimming costumes giggle as they pose in front of a beach hut

Background imageHappiness Collection: A group of five women posing for a photograph in the 1920s, all in hats

A group of five women posing for a photograph in the 1920s, all in hats, mainly of the cloche variety. Date: 1920s

Background imageHappiness Collection: Skeleton of Death beating a drum for a newly married couple

Skeleton of Death beating a drum for a newly married couple. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Wenceslaus Hollar from The Dance of Death by Hans Holbein, Coxhead, London, 1816

Background imageHappiness Collection: Woman wearing a huge hat called the Happiness of the Century

Woman wearing a huge hat called the Happiness of the Century, Chapeau au Bonheur du Siecle. Handcoloured lithograph by de Laubadere from Octave Uzannes Stylish Hairstyle or Eccentric Finery from



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