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Background imageSpying Collection: Propaganda poster: careless talk costs lives

Propaganda poster: careless talk costs lives
Second world war propaganda poster warning people that careless talk costs lives. Tell nobody -- not even her

Background imageSpying Collection: WW1 - German Espionage - in disguise as a woman

WW1 - German Espionage - in disguise as a woman
WW1 - The Little German Maid - German Espionage - a German soldier prepares to get into disguise as a woman in order to infiltrate an approaching band of allied cavalry troops. Date: 1915

Background imageSpying Collection: Military spy - a camera carrying pigeon

Military spy - a camera carrying pigeon
A pigeon as a military spy. A camera small enough to be attached on a bird to capture ariel images, ideal for war time spying. The camera is automatic and takes a photograph at regular intervals

Background imageSpying Collection: Invisible ink

Invisible ink
Coded invisible ink message demonstrated by German spy Kurt H de Rysbach, 1915 Date: 1915

Background imageSpying Collection: Old Bill and Co. August 1940

Old Bill and Co. August 1940
" Hey! Mind what yer doin ! Thats the second time you ve got me with that fifth column o yours!" Bruce Bairnsfather pokes fun at rumours of German spies

Background imageSpying Collection: World War I spy drawing

World War I spy drawing
What appears to be an innocent landscape drawing is in fact a plan of a harbour and its forts. The sketch has been made in accordance with a secret pictorial code known to the government in whose

Background imageSpying Collection: George Blake

George Blake
MI6 agent George Blake pictured with his mother on his return to Britain after internment in North Korea during the Korean War

Background imageSpying Collection: Kipling / Puck Pooks Hill

Kipling / Puck Pooks Hill
They saw a man sitting on the window-sill

Background imageSpying Collection: Pigeon as Military observer 1914

Pigeon as Military observer 1914
Miniature double camera with two lenses pointing in opposite directions was attached to the pigeon by harness to take automatic photographs at regular intervals over enermies ground. 1914

Background imageSpying Collection: Cartoon, They have ears! WW1

Cartoon, They have ears! WW1
Cartoon, They have ears! Three fashionable French women are afraid that two Dachshunds might be German spies. Date: 1916

Background imageSpying Collection: Kurt Rysbach

Kurt Rysbach
German spy Kurt H de Rysbach in German military uniform, 1925 Date: 1925

Background imageSpying Collection: Alfred in Danes Camp

Alfred in Danes Camp
Alfred the Great disguises himself as a wandering musician and plays the harp in the camp of the Danes while gathering information about their military strength

Background imageSpying Collection: Goblins spying on witches on a Christmas card

Goblins spying on witches on a Christmas card
Goblins spying on two witches with a cooking pot on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageSpying Collection: Ethel Gee, Portland Spy Ring

Ethel Gee, Portland Spy Ring
Ethel Elizabeth (Bunty) Gee (1914-1984), member of the Portland Spy Ring, arrested in 1961 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Date: 1961

Background imageSpying Collection: Henry (Harry) Houghton, Portland Spy Ring

Henry (Harry) Houghton, Portland Spy Ring
Henry (Harry) Frederick Houghton, (1905-1985), member of the Portland Spy Ring. He was arrested in 1961 and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Date: 1961

Background imageSpying Collection: Le Curieux - Peeping-Tom spying on a fashionable lady

Le Curieux - Peeping-Tom spying on a fashionable lady
Le Curieux - A Peeping-Tom spying on a fashionable lady in a bedroom

Background imageSpying Collection: Le Contretemps - Peeping-Tom spying on a fashionable lady

Le Contretemps - Peeping-Tom spying on a fashionable lady
Le Contretemps - A Peeping-Tom spying on a fashionable lady in a bedroom

Background imageSpying Collection: Secret Service Santa

Secret Service Santa
Cartoon showing how even Father Christmas has a role to play in the war effort. Date: 1940

Background imageSpying Collection: Spitting Image puppet of Margaret Thatcher

Spitting Image puppet of Margaret Thatcher
A puppet of Margaret Thatcher, British Conservative Prime Minister, used on the satirical TV programme, Spitting Image. The book is Spycatcher by Peter Wright

Background imageSpying Collection: Donald Maclean, English diplomat and KGB spy

Donald Maclean, English diplomat and KGB spy
Donald Duart Maclean (1913-1983), the former English Foreign Office diplomat and member of the Cambridge Spies, who spied for the KGB during the Second World War and beyond

Background imageSpying Collection: America - Arrest Of Major Andre

America - Arrest Of Major Andre
Major John Andres arrest in Tarrytown, New York During The American War of Independence, Date: 1780

Background imageSpying Collection: Leslie Thornton in the dock at a trial in Moscow, USSR

Leslie Thornton in the dock at a trial in Moscow, USSR
Leslie Thornton in the dock, at a trial in Moscow of employees of the Metropolitan Vickers Company, April 1933. They were charged with sabotage, espionage

Background imageSpying Collection: Curiosity by Peter Fendi

Curiosity by Peter Fendi. 1833

Background imageSpying 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 imageSpying Collection: Cartoon, Two German spies. Two fat men at a table laden with food agree that it

Cartoon, Two German spies. Two fat men at a table laden with food agree that its worth being spies and risking their lives, when they can eat so well. 1916

Background imageSpying Collection: The exterior of a pigeon-loft in the rue Magenta, Paris

The exterior of a pigeon-loft in the rue Magenta, Paris, where birds would arrive carrying messages from outside the city (2 of 2) Date: Jan-Feb 1871

Background imageSpying Collection: The interior of a pigeon-loft in Paris, where birds would arrive carrying messages

The interior of a pigeon-loft in Paris, where birds would arrive carrying messages from outside the city (1 of 2) Date: Jan-Feb 1871

Background imageSpying Collection: METRO-VICKERS TRIAL 1933

METRO-VICKERS TRIAL 1933
Russian lawyers confront the British engineer, Thornton, and his secretary, Kutosuova, accusing them of spying and sabotage. Metropolitan-Vickers trial, Moscow, Russia. Date: April 1933

Background imageSpying Collection: GERMANS USE PERISCOPE

GERMANS USE PERISCOPE
North Africa : a German soldier uses a periscope to observe the positions of the enemy line Date: July 1942

Background imageSpying Collection: PEEPING WAITER 1879

PEEPING WAITER 1879
A Parisian waiter checks on whats going on in a hotel bedroom, before he carries in the breakfast tray Date: 1879

Background imageSpying 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 imageSpying Collection: WW1 - French arrest a decrepit old woman (a German spy)

WW1 - French arrest a decrepit old woman (a German spy)
WW1 - The Germans gave the old woman a new white blanket and bribed her to walk behind any French battery that might take up a position near a certain village on the Aisne

Background imageSpying Collection: Tessina spy camera

Tessina spy camera
Close-up of the Tessina camera, small enough for spying activities and other undercover work. Date: 1970s

Background imageSpying Collection: Vivian Stranders Trial

Vivian Stranders Trial
Vivian Stranders (1881 - 1959) British man, at the time of his Paris trial, when he was accused of spying for Germany whilst living in France. His solicitor, Mr. Gervais (right)

Background imageSpying Collection: Cartoon, The false shepherd, WW1

Cartoon, The false shepherd, WW1
Cartoon, The false shepherd, showing a man posing as a shepherd, with a sheepdog and a flock of sheep, making notes on local aircraft activities. Date: 1915

Background imageSpying Collection: Cartoon, Espionage? Snooping? WW1

Cartoon, Espionage? Snooping? WW1
Cartoon, Espionage? Snooping? A German couple and their daughter go for an innocent country walk, but gradually metamorphose into a concrete platform, a camera and a telephone! Date: 1915

Background imageSpying Collection: Am Tag, Heath Robinson 1. German Spies in Epping Forest

Am Tag, Heath Robinson 1. German Spies in Epping Forest
Am Tag! Die Deutsche Kommen (Very)! Incidents of the Coming German Invasion of England, by Heath Robinson. 1. German spies in Epping Forest

Background imageSpying Collection: Cartoon, German women gossipping, WW1

Cartoon, German women gossipping, WW1
Cartoon, German women gossipping about a diner in a restaurant -- He must be a horrible French spy! Hes eating his veal without jam! Date: 1915

Background imageSpying Collection: Madame Bertha Trost

Madame Bertha Trost, an unusual figure in the undercurrents of London society, who went about dressed in Victorian clothes and riding in a carriage

Background imageSpying Collection: Kissing couple observed, by Florence Hardy

Kissing couple observed, by Florence Hardy
A kissing couple dressed in 18th century costume are spied on over a wall by six children. Date: early 20th century

Background imageSpying Collection: Two children hide behind a wooden fence

Two children hide behind a wooden fence, looking through a small peephole at whats going on, on the otherside. c. 1920

Background imageSpying Collection: Robinson Crusoe / Spying

Robinson Crusoe / Spying
Robinson Crusoe spies a ship on the horizon

Background imageSpying Collection: Cartoon, Henry Irving and Wilson Barrett

Cartoon, Henry Irving and Wilson Barrett -- Mr Wilson Barrett will soon let us know that there is more than one English actor who can do justice to Shakespeare

Background imageSpying Collection: The Discovery

The Discovery -- a middle-aged courting couple are spied upon in a garden. 18th century

Background imageSpying Collection: The Twelve Spies sent to explore Canaan

The Twelve Spies sent to explore Canaan
The Twelve Spies sent by Moses to explore Canaan - Numbers 13. circa 1690

Background imageSpying Collection: Ken Achurch with spying equipment

Ken Achurch with spying equipment -- a fly bug in a glass tube, and a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Date: 1970s

Background imageSpying Collection: Nipple radio transmitter for use in spying

Nipple radio transmitter for use in spying. Date: 1970s

Background imageSpying Collection: Model fly for use in spying

Model fly for use in spying
Model fly invented by Ken Achurch for use in spying and other undercover activities. Date: 1970s



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