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Spade Collection

Background imageSpade Collection: Welsh women road builders, South Wales

Welsh women road builders, South Wales
A group of twenty Welsh women road builders in Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales, holding their spades. They built the road to Hook in 1903-4 to facilitate transport to the colliery

Background imageSpade 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 imageSpade Collection: Rifle Brigade in position, Western Front - WWI

Rifle Brigade in position, Western Front - WWI
The First Battalion of the British Rifle Brigade in position close to the German trenches under shell fire - WWI. Date: circa 1915

Background imageSpade Collection: Picking coal from waste tip during 1921 strike, South Wales

Picking coal from waste tip during 1921 strike, South Wales
Three men picking coal from a local colliery waste tip during the 1921 strike, South Wales

Background imageSpade Collection: Gardener from Sense and Sensibility

Gardener from Sense and Sensibility
The gardeners lamentation upon blights, an illustration to Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, first published 1811. Date: 1908

Background imageSpade Collection: Man with mechanical digger in a muddy field

Man with mechanical digger in a muddy field
A man working next to a mechanical Hy-Mac digger in a muddy field. Perhaps the digger has got stuck in the mud, and he is trying to dig it out

Background imageSpade Collection: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Tsarevitch, Grand Duchess Tatian

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Tsarevitch, Grand Duchess Tatian
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia pictured with two of his children, the Grand Duchess Tatiana and Alexei, the Tsarevitch, building a fortification from snow in the grounds of the Imperial Palace at

Background imageSpade Collection: Garden tools used by the Royal children

Garden tools used by the Royal children. 3 Swiss Cottage, Osborne

Background imageSpade Collection: Comic postcard, Little girl at the seaside, marooned on a pile of sand

Comic postcard, Little girl at the seaside, marooned on a pile of sand. Date: 20th century

Background imageSpade Collection: Buckets and spades at the seaside

Buckets and spades at the seaside
Two little girls on the beach at an unidentified British seaside resort, carrying their buckets and spades. Date: 1950s

Background imageSpade Collection: Children Play at Seaside

Children Play at Seaside
Rather than entrust their boat to the waves which might sweep it away, these children construct an inshore pool where it will be safe though its voyages will be short

Background imageSpade Collection: Cheerful Land Girl

Cheerful Land Girl
A cheerful Land Girl cycles to work with her spade over one shoulder

Background imageSpade Collection: Five children building a snowman in a wood

Five children building a snowman in a wood
Five Edwardian children building a snowman in a wood

Background imageSpade Collection: Off to the Sea by Muriel Dawson

Off to the Sea by Muriel Dawson -- a little child ready for the summer holidays. Date: 1940

Background imageSpade Collection: Children Run on Sand

Children Run on Sand
Two children and their dog scamper across the sand, carrying their spade and bucket. Date: 1913

Background imageSpade Collection: Miner working at the coalface, South Wales

Miner working at the coalface, South Wales
A miner, stripped to the waist, working at the coalface in a mine in South Wales

Background imageSpade Collection: Medieval Workers 15C

Medieval Workers 15C
Labourers & Artificers

Background imageSpade Collection: Children on Beach 1 of 4

Children on Beach 1 of 4
Four children on the beach, wanting to make friends but feeling a bit shy

Background imageSpade Collection: Christmas card in the shape of a boy in a sailor suit

Christmas card in the shape of a boy in a sailor suit with bucket and spade. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageSpade Collection: Comic postcard, Large woman in red swimsuit on the beach Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Large woman in red swimsuit on the beach Date: 20th century

Background imageSpade Collection: Palm-wine tapper climbing a palm tree, Senegambia

Palm-wine tapper climbing a palm tree, Senegambia
Naked palm-wine tapper climbing a date palm using a rope to collect a gourd full of sap, Senegambia, 18th century. A man gives instruction to the tapper. A negro ascending a palm tree for its wine

Background imageSpade Collection: Garden Tools, Spades, Forks, Hoes, Shears, Rakes and Knives

Garden Tools, Spades, Forks, Hoes, Shears, Rakes and Knives. 19th century

Background imageSpade Collection: Hardy Patent Pick Co. mining tools 1890s

Hardy Patent Pick Co. mining tools 1890s
Selection of solid steel mining hand tools made by Hardy Patent Pick Co, in Sheffield. Date: 1890s

Background imageSpade 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 imageSpade Collection: Comic Seaside Postcard - I Can t See My Little Johnny

Comic Seaside Postcard - I Can t See My Little Johnny
I Can t See My Little Johnny - Humorous saucy seaside postcard design by Donald McGill (1875-1962). Date: circa 1949

Background imageSpade Collection: Allegorical scene with Flora, Botany, Physics and Pomona

Allegorical scene with Flora, Botany, Physics and Pomona
Flora, crowned with a garden of flowers, offering floral tributes to three figures - Botany (shown holding an alembic), Physics (who is looking through a magnifying glass)

Background imageSpade Collection: Hircocervus, goat-stag or horse-stag - The Trusty Servant

Hircocervus, goat-stag or horse-stag - The Trusty Servant

Background imageSpade Collection: Poster, Dig for Victory, WW2

Poster, Dig for Victory, WW2
Poster, Dig for Victory, step on it! 1940s

Background imageSpade 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 imageSpade 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 imageSpade Collection: Labourer Mr Idris Silman takes a break, Tredegar, Wales

Labourer Mr Idris Silman takes a break, Tredegar, Wales
Mr Idris Silman, a manual labourer, takes a short break while digging up the road in Tredegar, South Wales. He sits on the raised pavement with his shovel. The Sunday Times Date: 1988

Background imageSpade Collection: Prince Philip with his father and mother

Prince Philip with his father and mother
Prince Philip of Greece & Denmark (born 1921), later Duke of Edinburgh and consort of Queen Elizabeth II, pictured as a little boy with his father, Prince Andrew of Greece, and his mother

Background imageSpade Collection: Wireless Whist playing cards scorecard, Art Deco design

Wireless Whist playing cards scorecard, Art Deco design

Background imageSpade Collection: Court Whist playing cards scorecard, royal fanfare trumpets

Court Whist playing cards scorecard, royal fanfare trumpets draped in flags of four suits

Background imageSpade Collection: Crazy Whist playing cards scorecard, four characters

Crazy Whist playing cards scorecard, four characters carrying giant images of the four suits

Background imageSpade Collection: Cover design, Do it yourself, June 1966

Cover design, Do it yourself, June 1966 - inspection pit in your drive Date: 1966

Background imageSpade Collection: Pears Soap Advertisement

Pears Soap Advertisement
An advertisement illustration for Pears soap, from the womanhood in war time series. The image shows a woman on an allotment, leaning on a spade handle

Background imageSpade Collection: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret playing in a sandpit

Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret playing in a sandpit
Princesses Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) (1926-) and Margaret (1930-2002), daughters of the Duke and Duchess of York playing in a sandpit at St

Background imageSpade Collection: Advert, Parkes steel digging forks and draining tools

Advert, Parkes steel digging forks and draining tools
Advert, Messrs Burgess and Key, wholesale agents for Parkes steel digging forks and draining tools Date: 1856

Background imageSpade Collection: Children climbing down to the beach

Children climbing down to the beach with bucket and spade

Background imageSpade Collection: Photographing the Family on the Beach

Photographing the Family on the Beach - original pencil sketch by unknown artist

Background imageSpade Collection: Robert Scarlett, Sexton

Robert Scarlett, Sexton
Robert Scarlett, also known as Old Scarlett, the Sexton, who died in 1591 aged 98 Date: 16th century

Background imageSpade Collection: Army chaplain tending British graves, WW1

Army chaplain tending British graves, WW1. 1914-1918

Background imageSpade Collection: Illustration, Gravediggers scene, Hamlet

Illustration, Gravediggers scene, Hamlet
Illustration to the Gravediggers scene in Shakespeare's play, Hamlet (Act. V, Scene I)

Background imageSpade Collection: Henry V

Henry V - after the battle. 1862

Background imageSpade Collection: A Demon blows corruption into the ear of a

A Demon blows corruption into the ear of a Magistrate while Death lies at his feet.. Handcolored engraving by Chretien de Mechel from Hans Holbein's The Triumph of Death

Background imageSpade Collection: Folio of 97 etchings and drypoints of the Western Front, WW1

Folio of 97 etchings and drypoints of the Western Front, WW1
Page from a German folio of 97 drypoint etchings of the Western Front, 1914-1918, by W Schimmelpflug, 16th Dragoon Regiment. A dead soldier. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageSpade Collection: Burying a body, France

Burying a body, France
Three grave diggers inter a corpse in a cemetery



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