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Background imageShape Collection: Gran pops Shadow Show by Lawson Wood

Gran pops Shadow Show by Lawson Wood
Three little monkeys chuckle with glee as Gran pop, the orang utan character created by artist Lawson Wood entertains them with a shadow puppet show. Date: 1935

Background imageShape Collection: Seascape on a sail-shaped Christmas card

Seascape on a sail-shaped Christmas card
Seascape with sailing boat on a sail-shaped Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageShape Collection: Baphomet by Eliphas Levi - Equilibrium of Opposites

Baphomet by Eliphas Levi - Equilibrium of Opposites
Baphomet - associated with a " Sabbatic Goat" image drawn by Eliphas Levi (shown here), containing binary elements representing the " sum total of the universe" (e.g)

Background imageShape Collection: Baphomet - Equilibrium of Opposites

Baphomet - Equilibrium of Opposites
Baphomet - associated with a " Sabbatic Goat" image drawn by Eliphas Levi (on which this illustration is based)

Background imageShape Collection: The Stuka Advertised

The Stuka Advertised
Junkers JU-87 Stuka dive- bombers featured in an advertisement exploiting their sinister shape and fearsome reputation Date: February 1941

Background imageShape Collection: Dolphin airship by Jean Samuel Pauly and Durs Egg

Dolphin airship by Jean Samuel Pauly and Durs Egg
A fish-shaped airshipdesign Dolphin by Jean Samuel Pauly and Durs Egg, c.1835. Date: circa 1835

Background imageShape Collection: Poster, The Vegetabull

Poster, The Vegetabull, a vegetable dish made with dried eggs or household milk is as good as a joint (post-WW2 rationing was still going on at this time). 1947

Background imageShape Collection: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Tulane Stadium (known as The Sugar Bowl), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The annual sugar bowl American football game was played here from 1935 onwards. The stadium was demolished in 1979-1980

Background imageShape Collection: Coloured shoulder patches of the Australian Corps

Coloured shoulder patches of the Australian Corps
Souvenir of the Greatest War showing coloured shoulder patches of the Australian Corps. The design is laid out in the shape of the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces badge

Background imageShape Collection: Poole Pottery - Shaping a pot on the potters wheel

Poole Pottery - Shaping a pot on the potters wheel
Shaping a pot on the potters wheel. Poole Pottery was founded in 1873 on Poole quayside, where it continued to produce pottery by hand before moving its factory operations away from the quay in 1999

Background imageShape Collection: Old Woman in the Wood

Old Woman in the Wood
The tree turns back into the Kings son, to the surprise and pleasure of the girl. (A dramatic instance of magical shape-changing or metamorphosis)

Background imageShape Collection: Cheery Families - Mrs Butt the Brewers Wife

Cheery Families - Mrs Butt the Brewers Wife. 1890s

Background imageShape Collection: Trench Art Lighter, WW1

Trench Art Lighter, WW1
Round Trench Art lighter with officers button on either side

Background imageShape Collection: Oval Trench Art lighter, WW1

Oval Trench Art lighter, WW1
Oval Trench Art lighter with officers button on either side

Background imageShape Collection: Swan Lake ballet, Siegfried and Odette fall in love

Swan Lake ballet, Siegfried and Odette fall in love
Siegfried and Odette fall in love while the little swans dance. Because of an evil spell, they are swans by day, and only resume human shape at midnight

Background imageShape Collection: Plants / Primula Auricula

Plants / Primula Auricula
BEARs EAR (from the shape of its leaves) variants Gem and King of the crimsons

Background imageShape Collection: Butterflies and flowers on a palette-shaped Christmas card

Butterflies and flowers on a palette-shaped Christmas card
Butterflies and flowers with a snow scene on a palette-shaped Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageShape Collection: Christmas card in the shape of a banjo

Christmas card in the shape of a banjo. circa 1890s

Background imageShape Collection: Trumpers Barbers - Mayfair, London

Trumpers Barbers - Mayfair, London
Barbershop in Central London - Mayfair. G F Trumper & Sons. An elaborate belt-driven machinery above the mirror drives a head massaging brush. Established 1875

Background imageShape Collection: Programme design, Gilbert & Sullivan, Princess Ida

Programme design, Gilbert & Sullivan, Princess Ida, Savoy Theatre, London. A respectful operatic perversion of Tennysons " Princess" in Three Acts. circa 1880s

Background imageShape Collection: Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfriessshire, Scotland, a fine example of early 15th century military architecture, triangular in shape, with a double moat, drum towers, etc

Background imageShape Collection: Mount Fuji, Japan - Shoji Hotel with Lake Shoji

Mount Fuji, Japan - Shoji Hotel with Lake Shoji Date: circa 1920s

Background imageShape Collection: Siegfried and Fafner

Siegfried and Fafner
Siegfried confronts Fafner, who has taken on the shape of a dragon while he protects his hoard of treasure

Background imageShape Collection: The DRG Class SVT 877 Hamburg Flyer

The DRG Class SVT 877 Hamburg Flyer sometimes also Flying Hamburger or in German Fliegender Hamburger was Germanys first fast diesel train

Background imageShape Collection: UFO photographed at McMinnville, Oregon, USA

UFO photographed at McMinnville, Oregon, USA
A UFO photographed by Mrs Paul Trent, who saw it with her husband at McMinnville, Oregon, USA. UFOs had frequently been seen previously in the area

Background imageShape Collection: Dressing Fante Ladys hair - Sekondi, Gold Coast, Africa

Dressing Fante Ladys hair - Sekondi, Gold Coast, Africa
Dressing a Fanti (Fante) Ladys hair - Sekondi, Gold Coast, West Africa (modern Ghana). Date: circa 1910s

Background imageShape Collection: Massena - a pre-dreadnought battleship of the French Navy

Massena - a pre-dreadnought battleship of the French Navy
Massena was a pre-dreadnought battleship of the French Navy, built in the 1890s. A member of a group of five broadly similar battleships, ordered in response to the British Royal Sovereign class

Background imageShape Collection: Giant Baobab Tree - Congo, Central Africa

Giant Baobab Tree - Congo, Central Africa. Date: circa 1906

Background imageShape Collection: Elephant Rock, Whiterocks, Portrush

Elephant Rock, Whiterocks, Portrush - a low level view of eroded cliffs in the shape of an elephant. (Location: Northern Ireland: County Antrim: Portrush). Date: circa early 1900s

Background imageShape Collection: Good Luck card with two cricket bats, a ball and a wicket

Good Luck card with two cricket bats, a ball and a wicket. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageShape Collection: Boeing Stratocruiser G-AKGK BOAC, London Airport

Boeing Stratocruiser G-AKGK BOAC, London Airport
The instantly recognisable fuselage shape of the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser. Canopus was one of the more famous BOAC Stratocruisers operating on the between 1950 and 1959

Background imageShape Collection: Trench Art lighter in the shape of a book, WW1

Trench Art lighter in the shape of a book, WW1
Trench Art lighter in the shape of a book

Background imageShape Collection: The second production Concorde taking shape at Filton

The second production Concorde taking shape at Filton

Background imageShape Collection: Design for Woven Textile, art deco style

Design for Woven Textile, art deco style
Design for Woven Textile in art deco style. Gouache on heavy paper. Silver Studio. 1933

Background imageShape Collection: Dalis Studio

Dalis Studio
Salvador Dali (1904-1989) is photographed here with an enlarged photograph of a sea-urchin, suggesting a surrealist pattern to come - in the left foreground

Background imageShape Collection: Cap badge, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Cap badge, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Brass cap badge (the Kings Crown Shield) of REME, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Oval in shape, with a crown at the top, a pair of compasses at the centre

Background imageShape Collection: Deep snowdrifts near Crediton, Devon

Deep snowdrifts near Crediton, Devon
A deep snowdrift alongside a country lane where a woman attempts to take her dog for a walk. The snow has formed an interesting sculptural shape

Background imageShape Collection: Model of a Norfolk Wherry

Model of a Norfolk Wherry - a sailing craft formerly widely used for goods transport on the East Norfolk rivers. Date: circa late 1930s

Background imageShape Collection: Suspension Bridge, Middle Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Suspension Bridge, Middle Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Suspension Bridge (Cammeray Bridge) over Long Bay Gully, Middle Harbour, Sydney, Australia Date: 1903

Background imageShape Collection: WW2 - Surcouf Submarine of the Free French Navy

WW2 - Surcouf Submarine of the Free French Navy. The largest submarine ever built until surpassed by the first Japanese I-400-class submarine in 1943

Background imageShape Collection: Robins nesting on a bell-shaped Christmas card

Robins nesting on a bell-shaped Christmas card
Robins nesting in the snow on a bell-shaped Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageShape Collection: Advertisement for Sanderson Fabrics

Advertisement for Sanderson Fabrics -- sun-resisting and washproof. Also mentioning the Sanderson range of wallpapers. Showing two fabric designs arranged in the shape of a large flower

Background imageShape Collection: Sanitary ware, Plate 42

Sanitary ware, Plate 42, showing wash basins, urinals and toilet bowls in a range of styles. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageShape Collection: Nautical Christmas Cake

Nautical Christmas Cake
Captain Hover, the Master of the Goodwin Lightship, with a Christmas cake modelled in the shape of the lightship, the customary gift of Mr. E.A. Anderson of Broadstairs. Date: 1930s

Background imageShape Collection: Christmas card in the shape of a pipe and tobacco pouch

Christmas card in the shape of a pipe and tobacco pouch. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageShape Collection: Mount Fuji, Japan - from Kawaibashi

Mount Fuji, Japan - from Kawaibashi Date: circa 1910s

Background imageShape Collection: Le Mont Cervin (Matterhorn Mountain) from Riffelalp

Le Mont Cervin (Matterhorn Mountain) from Riffelalp a hamlet in the municipality of Zermatt in the canton of Valais, Switzerland

Background imageShape Collection: Christmas card in the shape of a yule log

Christmas card in the shape of a yule log with mistletoe. Date: circa 1890s



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