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Background imageImprovised Collection: Army Chaplain in Great War Deeds, WW1

Army Chaplain in Great War Deeds, WW1
An Army Chaplain holding a night service on the battlefield, with a packing case as an altar and a tin mug as a chalice. Reproduction of a painting by A C Michael in Great War Deeds

Background imageImprovised Collection: The Battle of the Roer Triangle; Second World War, 1945

The Battle of the Roer Triangle; Second World War, 1945
Sketch showing the Allied Second Army crossing the Vloed Beek in Holland during a night attack on the 17th January 1945. On the left of the image one can see sappers constructing an improvised

Background imageImprovised Collection: Commedia dell arte Characters

Commedia dell arte Characters
Four Characters from Commedia dell arte, an improvised kind of popular comedy in Italian theatres in the 16th18th centuries, based on stock characters

Background imageImprovised Collection: Fellah's makeshift hut, Dead Sea, Holy Land

Fellah's makeshift hut, Dead Sea, Holy Land
A makeshift hut constructed by a fellah (Arab peasant, farmer or agricultural labourer), by the Dead Sea, Holy Land. It is made of sticks, mats and oil cans. Date: 1920s

Background imageImprovised Collection: Improvised Bridge, near Cordoba; Spanish Civil War, 1936

Improvised Bridge, near Cordoba; Spanish Civil War, 1936
Photograph showing an improvised bridge, made of wooden sleepers, at Constantina, near Cordoba, 1936. The bridge had been blown up by Republican troops to try to slow down the Nationalist advance

Background imageImprovised Collection: Fouga CM. 170 Magister F-GKYE

Fouga CM. 170 Magister F-GKYE
Fouga CM.170 Magister F-GKYE (msn 201) of Patrouille Crystaline aerobatic formation team. This aircraft was destroyed in a mid-air collission with F-GKYD

Background imageImprovised Collection: Two kittens in improvised boat on a Christmas card

Two kittens in improvised boat on a Christmas card
Two kittens in an improvised boat, with a wooden spoon as an oar, on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageImprovised Collection: Cover design, Womans Pictorial

Cover design, Womans Pictorial
Cover design, Dressing Up, by M Kemp Welch, Womans Pictorial magazine, 21 June 1924. Depicting a girl wearing improvised fancy dress. With items by Kitty McKane, Fannie Kilbourne and Gilbert Frankau

Background imageImprovised Collection: Three boys and a dog on wasteland

Three boys and a dog on wasteland
Three boys and a dog on an area of wasteland. The boys are sitting round an improvised campfire set up on a piece of corrugated iron at the foot of a tree

Background imageImprovised Collection: Turkish belly dance

Turkish belly dance. Originated in the Middle East. A solo, improvised dance based on torso articulation. Artist: Sydney Carter Date: 1905

Background imageImprovised Collection: The Way of War with Civilians, WW1

The Way of War with Civilians, WW1
The Way of War with Civilians -- a cross-section of an English home, showing how it could be adapted for military purposes during the First World War. Date: 1914

Background imageImprovised Collection: Five boys on a Balham street, SW London

Five boys on a Balham street, SW London
Five boys in distress on a Balham street, SW London. They have just fallen off a plank of wood which they were using as an improvised slide. Date: circa 1961

Background imageImprovised Collection: Great Tit - sits and waits for food in the improvised

Great Tit - sits and waits for food in the improvised bird-feeder made of juice-box (Parus maior L.). parkland woods near Ekateringburg - Ural Mountains - Russia

Background imageImprovised Collection: Firefighters playing tennis during a break, London

Firefighters playing tennis during a break, London
Firefighters playing tennis outside their fire station during a break, London

Background imageImprovised Collection: British soldiers on improvised bridge, Western Front, WW1

British soldiers on improvised bridge, Western Front, WW1
British soldiers crossing a stretch of water on an improvised bridge (a fallen tree trunk) on the Western Front during World War One. Date: circa 1916

Background imageImprovised Collection: British soldiers boating during rest break, WW1

British soldiers boating during rest break, WW1
British soldiers boating on a river during a rest break on the Western Front in France, World War One. Date: circa 1916

Background imageImprovised Collection: British soldiers in water during rest break, WW1

British soldiers in water during rest break, WW1
British soldiers in water during a rest break on the Western Front in France during World War One. Their improvised boat has just sunk. Date: circa 1916

Background imageImprovised Collection: British soldiers with improvised oven, WW1

British soldiers with improvised oven, WW1
British soldiers with an improvised oven made out of oil drums, on the Western Front during World War One. Date: circa 1916

Background imageImprovised Collection: British soldier with improvised sentry box, WW1

British soldier with improvised sentry box, WW1
A British soldier standing guard outside an improvised sentry box made of German ammunition containers, on the Western Front during World War One. Date: circa 1916

Background imageImprovised Collection: France - Strike of the Western (State) railwaymen

France - Strike of the Western (State) railwaymen - soldiers occupying the Gare Saint-Lazare in improvised conditions. The significance of the five franc coin appears to be the amount requested by

Background imageImprovised Collection: Street music: a blind ballad singer, 1815

Street music: a blind ballad singer, 1815
A blind chaunter of old ballads, shown here accompanying his voice by playing upon a cat gut string drawn over a tea canister, and tied at both ends with a mop stick. Date: 1815

Background imageImprovised Collection: Man fishing by a river with an improvised rod

Man fishing by a river with an improvised rod
A man fishes by a river with an improvised rod -- he has tied his line to the end of a broken branch

Background imageImprovised Collection: Improvised harbour at Gallipoli WWI

Improvised harbour at Gallipoli WWI
The improvised harbour at Lancashire Landing on W Beach. It was constructed of grounded ships, and proved a highly successful haven from the heavy seas experienced in this area

Background imageImprovised Collection: Arras Station - improvised defences

Arras Station - improvised defences
Arras Station - showing the installed improvised brick defences in anticipation of German attack during the First World War

Background imageImprovised Collection: Ingeniously improvised upholstery

Ingeniously improvised upholstery
A group of British officers of a moter machine-gun battery are pictured relaxing upon chairs made from empty ration boxes

Background imageImprovised Collection: A French soldiers douche

A French soldiers douche
An improvised shower for French soldiers in the style of Heath Robinson, powered by a water-wheel in a small stream near the firing-line

Background imageImprovised Collection: Bathing Beauties 1890S

Bathing Beauties 1890S
Five women with an improvised bathing cabin

Background imageImprovised Collection: British Carrier 1921

British Carrier 1921
An improvised carrier - the Royal Navys aeroplane carrier is unmistakeably the result of erecting a landing deck over a conventional ship

Background imageImprovised Collection: Wounded War-Horses

Wounded War-Horses
Countless horses are victims of mankinds wars : wounded war horses are cared for in an improvised dressing station as winter engulfs the Western Front


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