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Background imageMessage Collection: French poster from General de Gaulle, WW2

French poster from General de Gaulle, WW2
A French poster with a message to all French people from General Charles de Gaulle, based in London during the Second World War. France has lost one battle, but France has not lost the war

Background imageMessage Collection: Things That Matter, by Bruce Bairnsfather

Things That Matter, by Bruce Bairnsfather
Colonel Fitz-Shrapnel receives the following message from G.H.Q Please let us know, as soon as possible, the number of tins of raspberry jam issued to you last Friday

Background imageMessage Collection: Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Engraving. Colored

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Engraving. Colored
Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Spanish friar of DIscalced Carmelite Order. Engraving. Colored

Background imageMessage Collection: H. M. S. Victory flying the famous signal on 21 October 1905

H. M. S. Victory flying the famous signal on 21 October 1905
As part of the Nelson celebrations of the centenary of his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, the H.M.S. Victory, his flagship

Background imageMessage Collection: Royal Engineer with messenger dog, France, WW1

Royal Engineer with messenger dog, France, WW1
A Royal Engineer reading a message brought by a messenger dog by swimming a canal, near Nieppe Wood, northern France, during the First World War. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageMessage Collection: Girl Guides: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret send courier

Girl Guides: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret send courier
Princess Elizabeth, patrol leader in the Buckingham Palace Company, sends a message by courier pigeon to Lady Baden Powell at Guide Headquarters

Background imageMessage Collection: Wartime poster, Comrades in Arms

Wartime poster, Comrades in Arms! Britain and the USSR. Showing the British and Soviet Russian flags flying side by side. A message below says: British Women! You can win this war

Background imageMessage Collection: SOS message from Titanic

SOS message from Titanic
A wireless message received by the Russian steamer Birma from the Titanic about five minutes after Titanic struck the iceberg that sank her

Background imageMessage Collection: Releasing carrier pigeon from tank, France, WW1

Releasing carrier pigeon from tank, France, WW1
A human hand releasing a carrier pigeon through the porthole of a tank, near Albert, Somme, northern France, during the First World War. Date: 9 August 1918

Background imageMessage Collection: Seaplane carrier pigeon, WW1

Seaplane carrier pigeon, WW1
A carrier pigeon housed on board a seaplane for the delivery of messages during the First World War. This particular bird delivered a message (no)

Background imageMessage Collection: HMS Helmsdale, North Atlantic, 1944

HMS Helmsdale, North Atlantic, 1944
Painting showing HMS Helmsdale, a River class Frigate of the Royal Navy, on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic, 1944

Background imageMessage Collection: British airman dropping a bomb by hand, WW1

British airman dropping a bomb by hand, WW1
A British airman dropping a bomb by hand, in midair, during the First World War. The message on the bomb reads: Hun, Bulgar, Share This Ration. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageMessage Collection: The Kings Message to the Royal Air Force, WW1

The Kings Message to the Royal Air Force, WW1
The Kings Message to the Royal Air Force, 11 November 1918, thanking and congratulating the men and women of the RAF for their valued contribution at the end of the First World War. 1918

Background imageMessage Collection: Kitsch Greek Greetings Postcard

Kitsch Greek Greetings Postcard
A kitsch Greek Greetings card, featuring a rather unusual bird (cross between a swallow and a dove!?) carrying a message of good wishes across the sea, surrounded by a border of red and pink flowers

Background imageMessage Collection: Portrait of Ethel Le Neve

Portrait of Ethel Le Neve
Ethel Le Neve, Dr Crippens mistress. Dr Crippen, an American citizen, lived at 39 Hilldrop Cresent, Camden, London. He was accused of murdering his wife when she disappeared under suspicious

Background imageMessage Collection: WW2 era - Comic Postcard - For Evermore

WW2 era - Comic Postcard - For Evermore
The Caption is For evermore. Ground facilities for the fly boys was the responsibiiity of the RAF Regiment. The Prime Ministers message on the back is We shall continue steadfast in faith

Background imageMessage Collection: Christmas

Christmas postcard image of The Mayflower under full sail crossing the Atlantic in 1620. The card bears a Christmas message of goodwill quoting May the right glad Christmastide come to ye laden with

Background imageMessage Collection: Things that Matter

Things that Matter
THINGS THAT MATTER. Colonel Fitz-Shrapnel received the following message from GHQ - Please let us know, as soon as possible, the number of tins of raspberry jam issued to you last Friday

Background imageMessage Collection: Suffragette Militant Cat Fifi

Suffragette Militant Cat Fifi
A large white cat, hammer in her claws and a Votes for Women sash, addresses a group of toys on the necessity of militant action, not sure if the message is getting through Date: circa 1913

Background imageMessage Collection: WW1 - King George V - his message to the Royal Navy

WW1 - King George V - his message to the Royal Navy - The Sure Shield. The shield in the bottom left-hand corner is the Royal Navy Kings Colours. Date: circa 1914

Background imageMessage Collection: Ethiopia / Call to War

Ethiopia / Call to War
Smoke signals summon the country-men to join their regiments as Ethiopia prepares for war

Background imageMessage Collection: Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee telegraphing message

Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee telegraphing message
Queen Victoria sending a message to the nation on her Diamond Jubilee. " From my heart I thank my beloved people. May God bless them. V.R and I." 1897

Background imageMessage Collection: Congratulations from Lord Kitchener to Sir John French

Congratulations from Lord Kitchener to Sir John French
Postcard detailing the congratulations sent from Lord Kitchener to General Sir John French on August 25th 1914, at the very start of the First World War

Background imageMessage Collection: You deserve

You deserve... a smack in the nose!

Background imageMessage Collection: Scandinavian Runes

Scandinavian Runes
A priest explains to a warrior the message inscribed on a stone in Norway

Background imageMessage Collection: Handmade Christmas and New Year card with Sphinx

Handmade Christmas and New Year card with Sphinx
Handmade Christmas and New Year card -- the riddle of the Sphinx is solved at last! It has been waiting to wish you a Happy Xmas and New Year. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageMessage Collection: WW2 era - Comic Postcard - Dear Mums - I am thinking of you

WW2 era - Comic Postcard - Dear Mums - I am thinking of you
The message on the card is My Dear Mum and Dad, I don t think I need write much here, the front explains quite a lot don t you think. Not very nice here at the moment bit showery

Background imageMessage Collection: WW2 era - Comic Postcard - The Girl Friend

WW2 era - Comic Postcard - The Girl Friend
The Caption is The Girl Friend. The printed message on the back says Your country needs your L.S.D. [Pounds, Shillings and Pence] to help it win the Victory. Cute Kids WW2 Wartime humour Date: 1943

Background imageMessage Collection: WW2 era - Comic Postcard - There is still a lot to do

WW2 era - Comic Postcard - There is still a lot to do
The war is over. The message on the back by Churchill exhorts There is still a lot to do. The card, captioned Love for Love, carries the senders message Dear Granny

Background imageMessage Collection: Lucky black cats

Lucky black cats
Two lucky black cats with a Good Luck message. Artist: Louis Wain. Date: circa 1910

Background imageMessage Collection: Not a word to the boss - I m writing this to you! Date: 1954

Not a word to the boss - I m writing this to you! Date: 1954

Background imageMessage Collection: Bert Bissell MBE - mountain climber and peace campaigner

Bert Bissell MBE - mountain climber and peace campaigner
Bert Bissell MBE, 1902?1998, was a mountain climber and peace campaigner. Mr Bissell led a pilgrimage from the Dudley Bible Class to the summit of Ben Nevis on VJ Day in 1945

Background imageMessage Collection: Portrait of Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

Portrait of Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (Auguste Viktoria Friederike Luise Feodora Jenny - 18581921) - the last German empress and queen of Prussia by marriage to Kaiser Wilhelm II

Background imageMessage Collection: WW1 - Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Patriotic message

WW1 - Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Patriotic message
An inset portrait accompanies a message to the German people from Kaiser Wilhelm II a month after the start of the First World War - 26th August 1914 (the war began on 28th July 1914). Date: 1914

Background imageMessage Collection: Cavendish Crescent, Bath, WW1 morale booster message

Cavendish Crescent, Bath, WW1 morale booster message Date: circa 1916

Background imageMessage Collection: Temperance message Viscount Snowden early 1900s

Temperance message Viscount Snowden early 1900s

Background imageMessage Collection: Temperance message Viscount Snowden

Temperance message Viscount Snowden

Background imageMessage Collection: Temperance message Jack Hobbs

Temperance message Jack Hobbs

Background imageMessage Collection: Temperance message Jack Hobbs early 1900s

Temperance message Jack Hobbs early 1900s

Background imageMessage Collection: Temperance message George Bernard Shaw early 1900s

Temperance message George Bernard Shaw early 1900s

Background imageMessage Collection: Temperance message George Bernard Shaw

Temperance message George Bernard Shaw

Background imageMessage Collection: Temperance message, Victorian period

Temperance message, Victorian period

Background imageMessage Collection: YMCA Message from Lord French during WW1

YMCA Message from Lord French during WW1

Background imageMessage Collection: YMCA Message from the King during WW1

YMCA Message from the King during WW1

Background imageMessage Collection: Lord French message about YMCA during WW1

Lord French message about YMCA during WW1

Background imageMessage Collection: Christian morality message

Christian morality message

Background imageMessage Collection: A Christian morality message Victorian period

A Christian morality message Victorian period

Background imageMessage Collection: Morality message

Morality message



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