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Background imageSoil Collection: Dig for Victory poster - WWII

Dig for Victory poster - WWII
World War Two poster encouraging British civilians to dig for victory, featuring somebody doing just that

Background imageSoil Collection: Ploughing a field

Ploughing a field
A farmer operating a hand plough, pulled by a team of two white horses. Watercolour painting by Raymond Sheppard

Background imageSoil Collection: Polzeath Bay, Cornwall

Polzeath Bay, Cornwall
19th century vintage photograph: Polzeath Bay, Cornwall. Polzeath; Cornish: Polsegh, is a small seaside resort village in the civil parish of St Minver in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom

Background imageSoil Collection: Four-horse Ploughing team at work - South Downs, East Sussex

Four-horse Ploughing team at work - South Downs, East Sussex
Sons of the soil - A four-horse Ploughing team at work in on the South Downs - East Sussex. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSoil Collection: Broadway, Pittsburgh, Kansas, USA

Broadway, Pittsburgh, Kansas, USA
Broadway, looking south, Pittsburgh, Kansas, USA. Date: circa 1904

Background imageSoil Collection: Blitz in London -- Saffron Hill, WW2

Blitz in London -- Saffron Hill, WW2
Blitz in London -- men at work in Saffron Hill, City of London, 26 October 1940. Date: 1940

Background imageSoil Collection: Display of cattle at annual County Show, Devon

Display of cattle at annual County Show, Devon
Display of cattle, led by handlers, at the annual County Show, Devon. Date: 1960s

Background imageSoil Collection: Pilgrim Fathers Arrive

Pilgrim Fathers Arrive
The first boat-load of Pilgrims lands on the New England coast : John Alden and Mary Chilton are the first to set foot on American soil

Background imageSoil Collection: Poster, Dig for Victory, Grow More Food, WW2

Poster, Dig for Victory, Grow More Food, WW2
Poster, Dig for Victory, Grow More Food. 1940s

Background imageSoil Collection: Poster, The need is growing, Dig for Victory still, WW2

Poster, The need is growing, Dig for Victory still, WW2
Poster, The need is growing, Dig for Victory still. 1940s

Background imageSoil Collection: Boys and girls taking part in a Communist Youth labour camp in former Yugoslavia

Boys and girls taking part in a Communist Youth labour camp in former Yugoslavia. They were working on a river project. Date: 1963

Background imageSoil Collection: Barefoot boy with mattock, Sierra Leone

Barefoot boy with mattock, Sierra Leone
A barefoot West African farm boy pauses from working on a smallholding outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. He wears a crucifix on his forehead and carries a heavy digging mattock Date: circa 1982

Background imageSoil Collection: WW2 - The Sacred Soil Of Dooniebrae

WW2 - The Sacred Soil Of Dooniebrae
A WW2 children's short story illustration of a Royal Air Force man returning home after serving in the war. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageSoil Collection: Cover design, Do it yourself, October 1966

Cover design, Do it yourself, October 1966 - extra parking off the road Date: 1966

Background imageSoil Collection: Rotherhithe Road Tunnel - Burrowing Under the River Thames

Rotherhithe Road Tunnel - Burrowing Under the River Thames
Men working in dark conditions, topless due to the temperature in the eighties. Excavating the clay soil at the rate of about five feet per day

Background imageSoil Collection: Grave in a shell hole, Western Front, WW1

Grave in a shell hole, Western Front, WW1
A soldier's grave in a shell hole on the Western Front during World War One. Date: circa 1916

Background imageSoil Collection: Camouflage v Camouflage During Invasion Practice

Camouflage v Camouflage During Invasion Practice
William Heath Robinson has come up with a solution to save on man-power in the East Coast of England. Revolving helmets being paraded around on a primitive pulley system with the locals clapping

Background imageSoil Collection: Invasion Bells and the Fifth Column

Invasion Bells and the Fifth Column
A suggestion that a Gang of Spies could attempt to disguise themselves as innocent country folk and succeed in stopping the ringing of the church bells used in warning of attempted invasion

Background imageSoil Collection: German soldiers spotting buildings far in the distance, not realising that it's a setup consisting

German soldiers spotting buildings far in the distance, not realising that it's a setup consisting of a miniature country town coursing the perspective to be all wrong. Date: 1941

Background imageSoil Collection: How to Make it Hard for the Invader!

How to Make it Hard for the Invader!
British Home Front are using a makeshift contraption to pinch a screwdriver making it impossible for the Germans to assemble an air-borne tank. Date: 1940

Background imageSoil Collection: Comic postcard, Cockerel and hens, egg production, WW2 Date: 1940s

Comic postcard, Cockerel and hens, egg production, WW2 Date: 1940s

Background imageSoil Collection: Comic postcard, Cockerel scratching for a living Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Cockerel scratching for a living Date: 20th century

Background imageSoil Collection: The Jamrud Fort, Khyber Pass, modern Pakistan

The Jamrud Fort, Khyber Pass, modern Pakistan
19th century vintage photograph: The Jamrud Fort is located beside Bab-e-Khyber at the entrance to the Khyber Pass from the Peshawar side in the tribal district of Khyber KPK, Pakistan

Background imageSoil Collection: Bedouin camp in the desrt, North Africa, Algeria

Bedouin camp in the desrt, North Africa, Algeria
Vintage 19th century photograph - Bedouin camp in the desrt, North Africa, Algeria

Background imageSoil Collection: Rororua Lake, showing Mokoia Island, New Zealand

Rororua Lake, showing Mokoia Island, New Zealand
19th century vintage photograph - Rororua Lake, showing Mokoia Island from Onihmutu, New Zealand

Background imageSoil Collection: Sheba Reef, Btrays Golden Quarry, gold mining, South Africa

Sheba Reef, Btrays Golden Quarry, gold mining, South Africa
19th century vintage photograph: Sheba Reef, Btrays Golden Quarry, gold mining, South Africa

Background imageSoil Collection: Comic postcard, man gardening, two sparrows Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, man gardening, two sparrows Date: 20th century

Background imageSoil Collection: Comic postcard, Middle-aged woman and gravedigger

Comic postcard, Middle-aged woman and gravedigger Date: 20th century

Background imageSoil Collection: Oxen ploughing on the South Downs near Seaford

Oxen ploughing on the South Downs near Seaford
circa 1910s

Background imageSoil Collection: The Australian Diggers Memorial, Plugstreet Experience

The Australian Diggers Memorial, Plugstreet Experience
The 14-18 Experience Museum was opened on 9 November 2013 and on that day a splendid bas relief of Australian miners digging underground was unveiled. It was donated by Ross J

Background imageSoil Collection: Cafe t Hertje - first place Liberated in Holland

Cafe t Hertje - first place Liberated in Holland
Following the capture of Joes Bridge on 10 September 1944, the following day D Squadron of 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment arrived here - then called Cafe Rustoord

Background imageSoil Collection: Varieties of ants and their nests

Varieties of ants and their nests -- nest of the Fuliginous ant, Formica fuliginosa, Yellow ant (Formica flava), Fallow ant (Formica rufa), nest of the Common Yellow ant

Background imageSoil Collection: Two moles (Talpa Europaea)

Two moles (Talpa Europaea). Date: 1843

Background imageSoil Collection: Horse and cart in a field, Roseland, Cornwall

Horse and cart in a field, Roseland, Cornwall. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageSoil Collection: How Does My Garden Grow by Muriel Dawson

How Does My Garden Grow by Muriel Dawson. 1942

Background imageSoil Collection: Destruction of first German airship on British soil, WW1

Destruction of first German airship on British soil, WW1
Destruction of the first German airship on British soil during the First World War, on 3 September 1916 at Cuffley near Enfield. 1916

Background imageSoil Collection: Cartoon, two street cleaners

Cartoon, two street cleaners. 19th century

Background imageSoil Collection: Landscape of volcanic craters, Idaho, USA

Landscape of volcanic craters, Idaho, USA
Landscape of volcanic craters, looking like craters of the moon, Idaho, USA. Date: circa 1920

Background imageSoil Collection: Golden Soil: French methods of Market Gardening for England

Golden Soil: French methods of Market Gardening for England, showing scenes from the Market Garden at Thatcham, Berkshire. Date: 1908

Background imageSoil Collection: Revolutionary troops at Recife

Revolutionary troops at Recife
Revolutionary troops holding defense of a bridge at Recife in Pernambuco, Brazil. Eight soldiers lie down across the bridge, with two low banks of soil to hide behind. Date: 1930

Background imageSoil Collection: Columbus Second Voyage

Columbus Second Voyage
Christopher Columbus second voyage, the first mass said on American soil. A priest holds up a crucifix as sailors kneel in prayer and to listen, and native people sit in a gathering. Date: 1493

Background imageSoil Collection: Malay man and woman tilling field, South East Asia

Malay man and woman tilling field, South East Asia
Malay man and woman tilling a field with a primitive harrow, Malay States, South East Asia (then part of the British Empire, now Malaysia). Date: 1922

Background imageSoil Collection: British troops, Battle of Flanders, WW1

British troops, Battle of Flanders, WW1
British troops advancing over ground churned up by shell fire, Battle of Flanders, First World War. 1914-1918

Background imageSoil Collection: Garrett Portable Engine

Garrett Portable Engine at Redruth steam rally. was at the time of the rally, in regular use for soil sterilisation at a nursery in Hayle, a small town, civil parish and cargo port in west Cornwall

Background imageSoil Collection: Boy with a spade, taking part in a Communist Youth labour camp in former Yugoslavia

Boy with a spade, taking part in a Communist Youth labour camp in former Yugoslavia. He was working on a river project. Date: 1963

Background imageSoil Collection: Boy with a wheelbarrow, taking part in a Communist Youth labour camp in former Yugoslavia

Boy with a wheelbarrow, taking part in a Communist Youth labour camp in former Yugoslavia. He was working on a river project. Date: 1963

Background imageSoil Collection: Boys and girls, supervised by a man, taking part in a Communist Youth labour camp in

Boys and girls, supervised by a man, taking part in a Communist Youth labour camp in former Yugoslavia. They were working on a river project. Date: 1963

Background imageSoil Collection: Boys taking part in a Communist Youth labour camp in former Yugoslavia

Boys taking part in a Communist Youth labour camp in former Yugoslavia. They were working on a river project. Date: 1963



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