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Stolen Collection

Background imageStolen Collection: The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery, 8th August 1963. Wanted Poster for Ronald Buster Edwards. Date: 1963

Background imageStolen Collection: The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery, 8th August 1963. Wanted Poster for Bruce Reynolds. 1963

Background imageStolen Collection: The Eastcastle Street Robbery, 1952

The Eastcastle Street Robbery, 1952
A page from the Illustrated London News, detailing the Eastcastle Street Robbery of 1952, when a Post Office van was hijacked and its contents, 200, 000 in soiled notes, were stolen

Background imageStolen Collection: Mrs Sullivan of Covent Garden Market

Mrs Sullivan of Covent Garden Market
Mrs Sullivan, or Auntie of the Garden, a famous character in Covent Garden Market who earned her living from looking after the carters whips

Background imageStolen Collection: Da Vinci / P Journal 1913

Da Vinci / P Journal 1913
LEONARDO DA VINCI Italian artist shows his famous Mona Lisa painting to Francois I, who buys it: years later it is stolen, but then returned

Background imageStolen Collection: Mona Lisa Says Goodbye

Mona Lisa Says Goodbye
The Mona Lisa says goodbye when the painting is stolen from the Louvre, Paris

Background imageStolen Collection: Poster advertising Melox dog food

Poster advertising Melox dog food, showing a policeman and a shop keeper chasing a dog which has stolen a packet of delicious Melox food. 20th century

Background imageStolen Collection: Goat-Borne Witch

Goat-Borne Witch
A witch rides through the starlit sky on her goat, carrying a child she has stolen from its mum

Background imageStolen Collection: Japanese teapot (stolen)

Japanese teapot (stolen)

Background imageStolen Collection: Robbery in Paris Home

Robbery in Paris Home
An audacious robbery: gold and jewellery worth 110, 000 francs are stolen from a Paris home. The robbers get in through a hole in the ceiling!

Background imageStolen Collection: PLEADING WOMAN/LOST CAT

PLEADING WOMAN/LOST CAT
A woman pleads with a butcher to tell her where her pet cat might have got to; several dead cats are concealed behind him Animal pets stealing stolen Date: 1870

Background imageStolen Collection: Stolen Food is the Sweetest

Stolen Food is the Sweetest by Charles Howard

Background imageStolen Collection: Comic postcard, Boy and girl with a go-kart Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Boy and girl with a go-kart Date: 20th century

Background imageStolen Collection: Comic postcard, Kangaroo couple with missing baby Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Kangaroo couple with missing baby Date: 20th century

Background imageStolen Collection: A small boy, having consumed most of a pot of strawberry jam with the help of a cane

A small boy, having consumed most of a pot of strawberry jam with the help of a cane and a cushion, has no regrets. Date: 1911

Background imageStolen Collection: Comic postcard, Two children at the seaside in a boat Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Two children at the seaside in a boat Date: 20th century

Background imageStolen Collection: Stolen Children

Stolen Children
A pencil sketch of frightened children hiding from a wicked goblin racing off with a sackful of already stolen children. Artist: Helen Jacobs Date: circa 1920

Background imageStolen Collection: Memorial to New Zealander Leslie Andrew, VC, Warneton

Memorial to New Zealander Leslie Andrew, VC, Warneton
Lance Corporal Andrew, who won his VC at La Bassee when he was 20 years old, went on to serve in WW2 and died, a Brigadier, in January 1969

Background imageStolen Collection: The theft of the La Tour Pastels from St. Quentin, Dec 1918

The theft of the La Tour Pastels from St. Quentin, Dec 1918
Article describing the theft of the pastel work of Maurice Quentin de la Tour and showing a selection of three examples of his most famous pastel work

Background imageStolen Collection: Whitechapel Workhouse Medicine Bottle

Whitechapel Workhouse Medicine Bottle. A graduated glass medicine bottle from the Whitechapel workhouse or its infirmary. It bears the moulded inscription Stolen from Whitechapel Union

Background imageStolen Collection: Christmas Dinner, How it was stolen & what became of it?

Christmas Dinner, How it was stolen & what became of it?
Storyboard showing rich Victorians entertaining guests for Christmas dinner, while the cooks out of the kitchen the turkeys been swiftly stolen out of the window

Background imageStolen Collection: A Cossack on horseback, dressed in stolen clothes Date: circa 1830

A Cossack on horseback, dressed in stolen clothes Date: circa 1830

Background imageStolen Collection: Pickpocket Caught

Pickpocket Caught
An observant policeman apprehends a pickpocket who has stolen a gentlemans pocket hankerchief. He claims he only borrowed it because he has a cold. Date: circa 1830

Background imageStolen Collection: London Street Tradesman with Dog

London Street Tradesman with Dog
A London dog-seller (probably stolen) Date: 1870

Background imageStolen Collection: 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Royal Army Ordnance Corps
One of three photographs showing 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, managing the controlled explosion of a stolen Datsun 120Y, Omagh district, 1975

Background imageStolen Collection: Suffragette Girls I Didn t Marry

Suffragette Girls I Didn t Marry. Man is booted out of the home for Lost, Stolen or Strayed suffragettes. A group of men-hating women shout and cheer

Background imageStolen Collection: What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?
Bonzo, the cute canine created by George Studdy in The Sketch magazine in the 1920s, wonders what to do now that some heinous thief has stolen his sausages from under his nose

Background imageStolen Collection: West End riots: shops looted by rioters, 1886

West End riots: shops looted by rioters, 1886
Articles of plunder from shops, used as missiles during the 1886 West End riots. At an open air meeting of unemployed East End dock workers and artisans in Trafalgar Square

Background imageStolen Collection: WW1 - Theft of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris by a Zeppelin

WW1 - Theft of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris by a Zeppelin ! Date: circa 1916

Background imageStolen Collection: Cartoon, Bismarck and Gambetta

Cartoon, Bismarck and Gambetta. Leon Gambetta, French statesman, is looking for some stolen property (Alsace and Lorraine), which Otto von Bismarck, German Chancellor, is hiding behind his back

Background imageStolen Collection: Two Little Vagabonds by George R Sims & Arthur Shirley

Two Little Vagabonds by George R Sims & Arthur Shirley
Promotional postcard for Two Little Vagabonds by George R. Sims and Arthur Shirley from Les Deux Gosses by Pierre Decourcelle (Theatre de lAmbigu-Comique, Paris, 19th February 1896)

Background imageStolen Collection: W. S. P. U Flag Bristol Arson 1913

W. S. P. U Flag Bristol Arson 1913
The original W.S.P.U flag in purple, white and green cloth which was stolen from the offices and shop, Queens Road, Bristol, October 1913

Background imageStolen Collection: Colenso Diamond Wanted Poster

Colenso Diamond Wanted Poster
Poster offering reward of e750 for the return of the Colenso Diamond. On 29th April, 1965, from the Mineral Gallery at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7

Background imageStolen Collection: DI Jill McTeague, Arts & Antiques Squad, with necklace

DI Jill McTeague, Arts & Antiques Squad, with necklace
DI Jill McTeague of the Arts & Antiques Squad of the Metropolitan Police, holding a stolen necklace which has been recovered

Background imageStolen Collection: So you thought you d scare me?

So you thought you d scare me?
Fox dressed in humans clothing coming from a farm with a stolen goose over his shoulder, laughing at the snowman for not scaring him. 1928

Background imageStolen Collection: Caricature of A W Pinero as a clown

Caricature of A W Pinero as a clown
Caricature of Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), English actor, playwright and stage director. Seen here as a Christmas pantomime clown at St Jamess Theatre, London

Background imageStolen Collection: Dog Market, London

Dog Market, London
A Sunday morning dog fair at Bethnal Green, London where stray or stolen dogs are often sold. Date: 1912

Background imageStolen Collection: Start of the Gold Cup race, Ascot

Start of the Gold Cup race, Ascot
Start of the Gold Cup, Ascot, with eventual winner White Knight (left) and Bridge of Canney (right). The cup had been stolen two days earlier, while on display. Date: 1907

Background imageStolen Collection: Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Spot and other dogs in cages

Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Spot and other dogs in cages
Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Spot and other stolen dogs are kept locked up in cages. " Never before, or since, have I found myself in such a strange, mixed, company." Date: 1895

Background imageStolen Collection: Mother goose and goslings in a fright

Mother goose and goslings in a fright after one of them has been stolen by the fox. Date: circa 1933

Background imageStolen Collection: Cock-a-doodle-doo, My dame has lost her shoe

Cock-a-doodle-doo, My dame has lost her shoe -- two dogs manage to rip the shoe apart between them. Date: 1899

Background imageStolen Collection: Yes, we have no bananas! by George Studdy

Yes, we have no bananas! by George Studdy
Yes, we have no bananas! Bonzo sits on a street corner with an empty basket in his mouth, while a man runs away with a bunch of bananas

Background imageStolen Collection: Kissing Controversy

Kissing Controversy
The Khaki Boy: " If I had known that tunnel was so long, I d have kissed you." The Mauve Girl: " Gracious! Didn t you? Somebody did!" Date: circa 1924

Background imageStolen Collection: Cheeky Cockney man quizzes a London Policeman

Cheeky Cockney man quizzes a London Policeman
The wit of the Classic London Cockney - cheekily enquiring of a Policeman (leading home a small lost child): - " Whats e done, Guvnor?" !!! Date: 1892

Background imageStolen Collection: Barman has a stern word with a disreputable customer

Barman has a stern word with a disreputable customer who has been stealing pewter beer tankards, which he has been turning into coinage to bring back to spend at the same establishment

Background imageStolen Collection: Athene blewitti, forest owlet

Athene blewitti, forest owlet
Donated to the Museum in 1954 by Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, it was discovered that he had in fact stolen the specimen from the Museum and changed its label



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