The new coffee tavern at Bradford
Interior and exterior views of the new coffee tavern in Bradford, inaugurated by W. E Forster, M.P in 1879. The Coffee Tavern movement was a Victorian effort to get people out of pubs. Proposed by the Bradford councillor, alderman and magistrate, Frederick Priestman, the tavern was opened at the junction of Westgate, Ivegate and Kirkgate and was an immediate commercial success serving food as well as coffee. Within a few years there were 28 branches in the Bradford district but with over 400 licensed beer sellers in the area, how much of a sobering effect they had on the local population is debatable.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Signallers with the King?s African Rifles
Photograph: Signallers with the King?s African Rifles taking down a message, 1943. Captioned: Signaller taking down a messge. Signals units made an invaluable contribution to the success of the King?s African Rifles in Burma. Signallers faced a plethora of difficulties in the harsh climate. These included steep hills, torrential monsoon rainfall, heat and humidity, which all served to block or weaken radio signals. This combined with the weight and limited reliability of the radio sets, the problems with batteries and charging engines, the constant laying and repairing of telephone cable, illustrates the magnitude of their achievement in maintaining effective communications during the campaign. From collection of photographs of King?s African Rifles during World War Two (1939-1945). 41 loose leaves containing 93 photographs. Date: 1943
© The National Army Museum / Mary Evans Picture Library
Caricature of A W Pinero, John Hare and W H Kendal
Caricature of A W Pinero (left, 1855-1934), John Hare (centre, 1844-1921) and William Hunter Kendal (right, 1843-1917), toasting the success of Pinero's play, The Squire, at St James's Theatre, London. The controversy over its plot being based on Thomas Hardy's novel, Far From the Madding Crowd, helped to boost ticket sales.
© Terry Parker / Mary Evans Picture Library