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Background imageRisk Collection: If London flooded tomorrow, what would you do?

If London flooded tomorrow, what would you do?
Text with map of London, showing Flood Risk Area, and underground and railway lines. If London flooded tomorrow, what would you do

Background imageRisk Collection: No Fear

No Fear
A curmudgeonly workman, balanced precariously on a chimney, looks at an aircraft during World War I and mutters, " Blowed if I d risk my bloomin neck"

Background imageRisk Collection: Mouse held away from Mousetrap

Mouse held away from Mousetrap
" My Wife won t let me!" A male mouse is prevented by his wife from taking the unwise step of trying to obtain a tempting block of cheese from a little wire cage

Background imageRisk Collection: Female Blondin / Tightrope

Female Blondin / Tightrope
Madame Genevieve Young, the Female Blondin crosses the Thames between Battersea and Cremorne

Background imageRisk Collection: LCC-LFB Fireman in his fire kit with new cork helmet

LCC-LFB Fireman in his fire kit with new cork helmet
A London fireman in his fire kit, including the new style compressed cork helmet with its LFB crest, which replaced the traditional brass helmets used since the days of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade

Background imageRisk Collection: Jumping Sheet Drill - London Fire Brigade

Jumping Sheet Drill - London Fire Brigade Date: circa 1940s

Background imageRisk Collection: Fieldmouse (Bewick)

Fieldmouse (Bewick)
mus sylvaticus - the LONG- TAILED FIELD-MOUSE : this is the Country Mouse of Aesops fable, who prefers to risk reapers and predator birds to adopting an urban lifestyle

Background imageRisk Collection: The Great Blondini - walking the high wire above four lions

The Great Blondini - walking the high wire above four lions
A slightly fanciful illustration of French tightrope walker Charles Blondin (Jean Francois Gravelet) (1824-1897) - walking the high wire above a pit of four large male lions. Date: circa 1850s

Background imageRisk Collection: Porter in smog, Smithfield Market, London

Porter in smog, Smithfield Market, London
Porter pulling a loaded cart through the smog, Smithfield Market, London, December 1962. Air pollution of this kind was very hazardous to health. Date: 1962

Background imageRisk Collection: Confession of Japanese Penitents

Confession of Japanese Penitents
Confession of Japanese penitents ( a person repenting their sins). If the penitents fail to make a proper confession, the priest causes the balance to project them down the mountainside. Date: 1844

Background imageRisk Collection: St Pauls Cathedral in danger

St Pauls Cathedral in danger: why the Dean is opposing the tramway scheme. Sectional view from the south east showing the position of the waterline below the cathedral

Background imageRisk Collection: AMBULANCE MEN / 1916

AMBULANCE MEN / 1916
The forgotten heroes... Ambulance men risk and lose their lives during World War One Date: 1916

Background imageRisk Collection: MONTENEGRO / TURKEY

MONTENEGRO / TURKEY
Film-makers risk their lives to record the fighting between the Montenegrans and the Turks Date: October 1912

Background imageRisk Collection: Two America hoboes risking life and limb

Two America hoboes risking life and limb
Two Hoboes risk life and limb by riding on a carriage truck in America. Date: 1893

Background imageRisk Collection: German poster, What England Wants, WW1

German poster, What England Wants, WW1
German propaganda poster, What England Wants, depicting a blindfolded man approaching the edge of a cliff with a heavy sack on his back at the beginning of the First World War. Date: circa 1914

Background imageRisk Collection: Royal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire medal

Royal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire medal
Firefighters from the insurance brigades and the London Fire Engine Establishment would put out the fires but did not provide much in the way of helping people to escape

Background imageRisk Collection: Tibet - A Moment of Suspence - transporting animals on trail

Tibet - A Moment of Suspence - transporting animals on trail
Tibet - A Moment of Suspence - transporting animals on a narrow Himalayan Mountain trail by means of suspending two poles on ropes and man-handling the animal across. Date: 1907

Background imageRisk Collection: Le Mot Juste: WWI cartoon by H. M. Bateman

Le Mot Juste: WWI cartoon by H. M. Bateman
" Le Mot Juste: A careful and economical person. Much given to niceness of expression. Trying to decide upon which adjective to risk his brown." This cartoon satirises how the British press

Background imageRisk Collection: Blitz in London -- Westminster Bridge Road, WW2

Blitz in London -- Westminster Bridge Road, WW2
Blitz in London -- firefighters in action with hoses at John Oakey & Sons, Westminster Bridge Road. The building is at risk, as the wall is bulging. Date: 1940s

Background imageRisk Collection: Espinasse at Avignon

Espinasse at Avignon
When the people of Avignon riot and plan to throw an official into the Rhone, colonel Bozonier de l Espinasse rescues him at great risk to himself

Background imageRisk Collection: The Safety of Londons Underground and Tube Railways

The Safety of Londons Underground and Tube Railways
Automatic devices for preventing accidents: the safety of Londons Underground and Tube Railways. How the element of danger from human error or illness is eliminated by mechanical means

Background imageRisk Collection: Circus Acrobats - Edy Ruth and Francy

Circus Acrobats - Edy Ruth and Francy
Edy Ruth and Francois (Francy) Edouard - Belgian aerial Circus Acrobats (Trapeze artists) - performing their sensational aerial act. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageRisk Collection: Caricature, Captain Eyre Massey Shaw, fire brigade chief

Caricature, Captain Eyre Massey Shaw, fire brigade chief
Caricature of Captain Sir Eyre Massey Shaw (1828-1908), Superintendent of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (now the London Fire Brigade). A comment on fire risk in London theatres. 1882

Background imageRisk Collection: Three men standing by wooden escape ladder at Quex

Three men standing by wooden escape ladder at Quex
Three men are standing by an extendable wooden ladder. Two of the men are wearing the patients uniform of hospital blues but the trousers only

Background imageRisk Collection: Rescue of Chimney Sweep

Rescue of Chimney Sweep
The dramatic rescue of a stuck chimney sweep at a factory in Lisieux. Date: 1898

Background imageRisk Collection: WW2 safety poster, Don t Take Risks, Take Care

WW2 safety poster, Don t Take Risks, Take Care. Use a ladder to top bins or the unexpected is just what is to be expected! Design by Victor Hicks. Date: 1940s

Background imageRisk Collection: Comic Postcard - unfolding drama on the broken bridge

Comic Postcard - unfolding drama on the broken bridge - Ernest is regretting his boast to Letty, Agnes, Dot and Prunella that the structure would take their combined weight. Date: circa 1905

Background imageRisk Collection: Washington DC, USA - The Bureau of War Risk Insurance

Washington DC, USA - The Bureau of War Risk Insurance Building Date: 1920

Background imageRisk Collection: The Knife Throwing Denvers - UK US Wild West Act

The Knife Throwing Denvers - UK US Wild West Act
The " Knife Throwing Denvers" - UK US Wild West Act - famous for being the first " circus style" act to appear on the newly formed BBC Television Service in 1936. Date: circa 1940

Background imageRisk Collection: Anywhere to escape from the wife

Anywhere to escape from the wife
Wife (to Lion Tamer who has been out late) - " You Coward!" Date: 1892

Background imageRisk Collection: Art Nouveau - pretty girl kisses a green serpent

Art Nouveau - pretty girl kisses a green serpent
Art nouveau postcard design by Nini Hager (Raphael Kirchner using his wifes name for certain works) of a beautiful girl kissing a serpent. Date: circa 1900

Background imageRisk Collection: We are Moving - Humorous Motoring postcard

We are Moving - Humorous Motoring postcard, showing a male driver getting rather over-excited at the wheel, courtesy of the amorous advances of his lady passenger

Background imageRisk Collection: Uruguay - Wing Walker at an Airshow, Montevideo Racetrack

Uruguay - Wing Walker at an Airshow, Montevideo Racetrack
Uruguay - Wing Walker acrobat at an Airshow at the Hipodromo Nacional de Maronas, a horse racing track located in Ituzaingo neighbourhood, Montevideo, Uruguay - circa 1922-23

Background imageRisk Collection: Hugh Talbot Burgoyne

Hugh Talbot Burgoyne
HUGH TALBOT BURGOYNE British naval commander who died when his turret- ship Captain foundered at sea, ensuring the safety of his crew at his own risk. Date: 1833 - 1820

Background imageRisk Collection: LCC-LFB Dennis motorised pump-escape

LCC-LFB Dennis motorised pump-escape
In 1910 the London Fire Brigade took delivery of the latest motorised fire engine from Dennis, the fire engine manufacturers in Surrey

Background imageRisk Collection: Casino Interior, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Casino Interior, Monte Carlo, Monaco - The Salle de Jeu (Games Room). This card also features two personifications of differing stages of the gambling process - Good Luck, shown by the wealthy

Background imageRisk Collection: Acrobats at Tivoli Gdns

Acrobats at Tivoli Gdns
Acrobats risk their lives with fiery hoops over the heads of spectators at Copenhagens Tivoli Gardens. Date: 1888

Background imageRisk Collection: Ansells Fire-Damp Indicator, 1880

Ansells Fire-Damp Indicator, 1880
Engraving showing the instrument, designed by Ansell, for the detection of fire-damp in underground mines, 1880. If fire-damp gases built up then the risk of explosion increased

Background imageRisk Collection: American Red Cross Workers watch a U-boat battle; Second Wor

American Red Cross Workers watch a U-boat battle; Second Wor
Photograph showing a group of American Red Cross workers on board an Allied transport ship in a convoy, watching a battle between convoy escorts and a German submarine, 1944

Background imageRisk Collection: Diomedes Companions

Diomedes Companions
Though he refuses to risk the wrath of Aphrodite, the companions of Diomedes take a chance - so they have only themselves to blame when she turns them all into birds

Background imageRisk Collection: Paper Chase Scrap

Paper Chase Scrap
Paper chase, a sport rarely performed today because of the risk of polluting the evironment and the destruction of trees involved

Background imageRisk Collection: Fable / the Rabbits

Fable / the Rabbits
THE RABBITS Rabbits flee at danger, but when it has been forgotten return to the same risk: a metaphor for human behaviour

Background imageRisk Collection: Three Ladies in a Car

Three Ladies in a Car
Three ladies, who evidently spend a good deal of time in the sun at heavens knows what risk to their complexion, drive in their convertible with the windscreen down

Background imageRisk Collection: Rail Accident Risk

Rail Accident Risk
A satirical comment on the remarkably high accident rate of excursion trains

Background imageRisk Collection: Mr Popple and the Widow

Mr Popple and the Widow
An attractive widow asks Mr Popple to retrieve her hat, but he dare not risk making a fool of himself in attempting to jump the fence

Background imageRisk Collection: Sheltering on Platform

Sheltering on Platform
Sheltering from the risk of German air raids, Londoners sleep wherever they can on the platform at Elephant & Castle underground station

Background imageRisk Collection: Wilbur Wright at Pau

Wilbur Wright at Pau
Wilbur Wright shows his plane to Alfonso XIII of Spain at the Ecole d Aviation, Pau, France, but the king is not allowed to risk his life in an actual flight

Background imageRisk Collection: Oiling a Crane Pulley

Oiling a Crane Pulley
Two construction workers risking life and limb to oil the pulleys on top of a huge crane



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