Holding up the R101
A member of the WAAC - the Women's Army Auxiliary Corp - 'holds up' the R101 Airship, riding at her home mast at Cardington, Bedford. R101 was a British rigid airship completed in 1929 as part of the Imperial Airship Scheme. After initial flights and two enlargements to the lifting volume, it crashed on October 5, 1930, in France, during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 people. Amongst airship accidents of the 1930s, the loss of life surpassed the Hindenburg disaster of 1937, and was second only to that of the USS Akron crash of 1933. The demise of R101 effectively ended British employment of rigid airships.
© Mary Evans Picture Library/TOM GILLMOR
Memories - WW1 Blinded soldier - RNIB postcard
Memories - WW1 Blinded soldier looking back on his past life and the activities he is unable to continue to pursue due to his lost sight - Fund-raising postcard for the Home Teaching Branch of the National Institute for the Blind. The organisation received a Royal Charter in 1948, and changed its name to Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) in 1953. The wounded soldier is wearing the distinctive 'blue hospital suit' Date: circa 1916
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Miss Mabel Hackney and Mr Laurence Sydney Irving, victims of
Husband and wife, Miss Mable Hackney and Mr Laurence Sydney Irving, victims of the Empress of Ireland tragedy. Miss Mabel Hackney was a much loved actress, who made her debut at St James's Theatre in 1895. Mr Laurence Sydney Irving started acting in 1891 with Mr F R Benson's company, and his reputation culminated with his success in 'Typhoon'.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans