Lawrence of Arabia
British archaeologist, soldier, intelligence officer and writer, Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935), known as Lawrence of Arabia. Seen here in RAF uniform on a Brough Superior SS100 motorbike. He changed his name to T. E. Shaw in the 1920s to conceal his identity and notoriety of his previous life leading the Arab revolt.
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The Last Word by William Heath Robinson
A motorcyclist, engrossed in a crossword, fails to notice that he is driving over the edge of a cliff just as he discovers the right answer to one of the clues. The Cross-Word Fiend: "To fall; to break to little pieces.' I've got it, 'C-R-A-S-H'" Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evan"
© Courtesy of the estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library
A Perilous Passage by George Ranstead
A man is given a terrifying ride in a sidecar by a female motorcycle rider, zooming away from other vehicles, buses, trams and horses in the street. During World War I, women increasingly took on traditionally male jobs, a fact this humorous picture points out. It is drawn on a postcard by George Ranstead, an amateur artist of the Great War who served in the Army Pay Corps. Ranstead was one of many soldiers of WWI who took up drawing as a hobby. His subjects range from wartime humour to pictures of pretty girls and are clearly influenced by images in the illustrated magazines of the period.
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection