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Secret Collection (#2)

Background imageSecret Collection: The Sketch Photographic Interviews XXXiX - Mr John Hassall

The Sketch Photographic Interviews XXXiX - Mr John Hassall
Page from The Sketch featuring a photographic interview with the artist John Hassall. He is seen at work in his studio at 88 Kensington Park Road, sweeping up and working on his large watercolour

Background imageSecret Collection: Woman sleeping at a desk while a man reads her secret

Woman sleeping at a desk while a man reads her secret
Woman asleep in a library while her guardian reads her secret thoughts. Miseries of Reading and Writing. Handcoloured copperplate engraving designed

Background imageSecret Collection: Two men falling off their horses after showing off

Two men falling off their horses after showing off. Showing Off. Handcoloured copperplate engraving designed and etched by Thomas Rowlandson to accompany Reverend James Beresfords Miseries of Human

Background imageSecret Collection: A Rose in Roses. Illustration by Florence Harrison to Tennysons poem

A Rose in Roses. Illustration by Florence Harrison to Tennysons poem, The Gardeners Daughter. Date: c.1920

Background imageSecret Collection: Cartoon, That Ballot-Boy Again! (Ballot Bill)

Cartoon, That Ballot-Boy Again! (Ballot Bill)
Cartoon, That Ballot-Boy Again! The Ballot Bill (legislation for the use of a secret ballot in elections) was proving difficult to get through

Background imageSecret Collection: Cartoon, The Strong Government (Disraeli and Gladstone)

Cartoon, The Strong Government (Disraeli and Gladstone)
Cartoon, The Strong Government -- a satirical comment on Gladstones government introducing the Ballot Bill (legislation for the secret ballot in elections)

Background imageSecret Collection: Ian MacPherson, Secretary for Ireland

Ian MacPherson, Secretary for Ireland
(James) Ian Stewart Macpherson, 1st Baron Strathcarron, (1880 - 1937), British lawyer and Liberal politician, pictured at the time he was appointed Secretary of State for Ireland in the 1919

Background imageSecret Collection: Clandestine wedding or Fleet Marriage, London

Clandestine wedding or Fleet Marriage, London
Clandestine wedding or Fleet Marriage by St Pauls Church, Covent Garden, London. 18th century

Background imageSecret Collection: Jan van Hoof Memorial Statue, Nijmegen, Holland

Jan van Hoof Memorial Statue, Nijmegen, Holland
Jan was a student and a member of the Dutch Secret Service at the time of Operation Market Garden in September 1944. A citizen of Nijmegen

Background imageSecret Collection: Helen Gilbert in The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939)

Helen Gilbert in The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939) wore this evening ensemble desiged by Dolly Tree that went back to her grandmother?s day for fashion significance

Background imageSecret Collection: Young man playing cache cache mitoulas with

Young man playing cache cache mitoulas with a group of girls in a garden, after a painting by Nicolas Lancret. In this game

Background imageSecret Collection: Pot a surprise or puzzle jug from Savignies, Oise, France

Pot a surprise or puzzle jug from Savignies, Oise, France, with handles and hidden spout. Hand-finished chromolithograph from Ris Paquots General History of Ancient French and Foreign Glazed Pottery

Background imageSecret Collection: Timothy Marshals lock and candle extinguishers

Timothy Marshals lock and candle extinguishers
Marquis of Worcester Timothy Marshals secret escutcheon for a lock, and self-acting candle extinguishers including John Isaac Hawkins. Copperplate engraving by Wilson Lowry after a drawing by J

Background imageSecret Collection: Operation Stocking - Father Christmas

Operation Stocking - Father Christmas
Operation " Stocking". A top-secret aspect of an astronomical organisation required to fill all stockings on Christmas Eve. Who knew there was more than one Father Christmas? 1950

Background imageSecret Collection: Poster, Keep it Dark, Careless Talk Costs Lives, WW2

Poster, Keep it Dark, Careless Talk Costs Lives, WW2
Poster, Keep it Dark, Careless Talk Costs Lives, Second World War. circa 1940

Background imageSecret Collection: Illustration, Frank Heartwell discovering the treasure

Illustration, Frank Heartwell discovering the treasure. Date: 1842

Background imageSecret Collection: Evangeline Booth, Salvation Army, by Ira L Hill

Evangeline Booth, Salvation Army, by Ira L Hill
Portrait of Evangeline Booth of the Salvation Army (daughter of William Booth, founder), by Ira L Hill. Used for her 1919 lecture tour, The Secret of the Salvation Armys Success. circa 1919

Background imageSecret Collection: The Secret Office at the General Post Office, 1844

The Secret Office at the General Post Office, 1844
The Secret Office, at the General Post Office in London, 1844. Letters were opened and re-sealed in the Secret Office under the authority of the Secretary of State for the Home Department. 1844

Background imageSecret Collection: Advert for Debenham & Freebody womens lingerie 1927

Advert for Debenham & Freebody womens lingerie 1927
The New Corslo Corset, in cotton tricot with centre busk and boning either side, all bones removable for washing, four suspenders. Date: 1927

Background imageSecret Collection: Ancient Egypt up-to-date

Ancient Egypt up-to-date - Can you keep a secret? Series of postcards published by Raphael Tuck to commemorate the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924/25. Artist: Agnes Richardson Date: 1924

Background imageSecret Collection: Sad End of a German Spy Behind the British Line, WW1

Sad End of a German Spy Behind the British Line, WW1
The Sad End of a German Spy Behind the British Line. He foolishly endeavoured to obtain information from our sign boards!

Background imageSecret Collection: Paris Gestapo WWII

Paris Gestapo WWII
Official photo of officers of the Paris Gestapo. Date: 1939-1945

Background imageSecret Collection: Albatros L. 72c Albis D-1140

Albatros L. 72c Albis D-1140
Albatros L.72c Albis D-1140 (msn 10108) of the Hamburger Fremdenblatt newspaper. The L.72 was most likely studied as a bomber during the early secret German rearmament programs

Background imageSecret Collection: Have you heard

Have you heard
circa 1910s

Background imageSecret Collection: CASTING A VOTE 1978

CASTING A VOTE 1978
A woman casts her vote on polling day Date: 1978

Background imageSecret Collection: POLISH KOSSINIERI

POLISH KOSSINIERI
Members of a patriotic secret society, the KOSSINIERI (literally, the scythers) swear to fight for the freedom of Poland against the hated Russians who rule them Date: 1 May 1821

Background imageSecret Collection: TRADES UNION INITIATION

TRADES UNION INITIATION
Initiation into a TRADE UNION - due to official hostility (unionists were perceived as revolutionaries) the earliest unions conducted themselves like secret societies Date: circa 1835

Background imageSecret Collection: A new recruit joins the Maquis (French Resistance). Date: 1944

A new recruit joins the Maquis (French Resistance). Date: 1944

Background imageSecret Collection: Sidney Reilly, Ace of Spies

Sidney Reilly, Ace of Spies
Sidney George Reilly (c.  1873 c.  1925), commonly known as the " Ace of Spies", secret agent of the British Secret Service Bureau

Background imageSecret Collection: Keep Our Secrets Secret

Keep Our Secrets Secret - a poster created by The Central Office of Information during the Cold War. Date: 1960s

Background imageSecret Collection: Secret Garden / Mary / Door

Secret Garden / Mary / Door
Mary finds the door. Date: First published: 1911

Background imageSecret Collection: Ufos / Foo Fighters

Ufos / Foo Fighters
During World War Two, American bombers encounter foo fighters during a bombing raids on Germany; at first they are thought to be secret weapons

Background imageSecret Collection: Ufos / Dodin / Krasnoyarsk

Ufos / Dodin / Krasnoyarsk
At Krasnoyarsk Krai, East Russia, writer/lecturer Veniamin Dodin two nights running sees a dirigible-like object over a secret research area, which separates

Background imageSecret Collection: Voting by secret ballot

Voting by secret ballot
A parliamentary election, voting by secret ballot was only introduced in Britain in 1872 with Gladstones Ballot Act removing the possible intimidation of open voting

Background imageSecret Collection: Naval orders for capture of Cherbourg, WW2

Naval orders for capture of Cherbourg, WW2
WW2/MARITIME: Important archive relating to Sub Lt. David Johnson and HMS MTB 770, a motor torpedo boat of the Fairmile D Class

Background imageSecret Collection: Comic postcard, Little girl and boy sharing a secret Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Little girl and boy sharing a secret Date: 20th century

Background imageSecret Collection: Operation Gold. Reconstruction of the tunnel built by Americ

Operation Gold. Reconstruction of the tunnel built by American intelligence and British between 1954 and 1955 to link the west and east side of the city

Background imageSecret Collection: Secret Toad-Headed Agama - dispays its collar

Secret Toad-Headed Agama - dispays its collar when being disturbed - sand dunes - desert (Phrynocephalus mystaceus Pallas). Caspian sea shore - Turkmenistan. April

Background imageSecret Collection: Secret Toad-Headed Agama - dispays being disturbed

Secret Toad-Headed Agama - dispays being disturbed - sand dunes - desert (Phrynocephalus mystaceus Pallas). Caspian sea shore - Turkmenistan. Spring - April

Background imageSecret Collection: The Sixtus Affair, fighting over Alsace-Lorraine

The Sixtus Affair, fighting over Alsace-Lorraine
Cartoon in Punch magazine entitled Discipline. The blackboard reads France ought to have Alsace-Lorraine Carl referring to the German suspicions that in March 1917 a secret message was sent

Background imageSecret Collection: Tatler front cover, Secret Gardens 1964

Tatler front cover, Secret Gardens 1964
Front cover of The Tatler showing a little girl, Victoria Scott-Brown, sitting quietly in one of the gardens in Cadogan Street, London, wearing a Tana Lawn dress by Liberty. Date: 1964

Background imageSecret Collection: Anne-Jean Savary

Anne-Jean Savary
ANNE-JEAN MARIE RENE SAVARY, duc de Rovigo French secret service agent, statesman Date: 1774 - 1833

Background imageSecret Collection: Romania - The Calusari

Romania - The Calusari
The Calusari - members of a Romanian fraternal secret society who practiced a ritual acrobatic dance known as the calus. Date: circa 1906

Background imageSecret Collection: Initiation to the Master of Secrets

Initiation to the Master of Secrets
Initiaition ceremony where the member is given a secret and receives a wreath. 1890s

Background imageSecret Collection: Vehmgericht / Secret Soc

Vehmgericht / Secret Soc
Members of the Vehmgericht, or Judges of the Secret Court, of Westphalia, who have just hanged one of their victims from a tree Date: 16th century?

Background imageSecret Collection: Walled garden, Great Maytham Hall, near Rolvenden, Kent

Walled garden, Great Maytham Hall, near Rolvenden, Kent
View of the walled garden at the back of Great Maytham Hall, a Grade II listed country house near Rolvenden, Kent. It was the inspiration for the childrens classic, The Secret Garden

Background imageSecret Collection: Careless Talk Costs Lives - World War II poster

Careless Talk Costs Lives - World War II poster
A poster instructing civilians to " Keep it under your hat" and not to gossip, in case vital information is inadvertently passed to the enemy

Background imageSecret Collection: Prince Carol and Princess Helen of Romania

Prince Carol and Princess Helen of Romania
Crown Prince Carol of Romania, later King Carol II, with his fiancee Princess Helen of Greece in 1921. When they married, Carol already had a chequered past



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