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Background imageUsual Collection: Sixth Column Strategy

Sixth Column Strategy
Stout patriots dislodge an enemy machine gun post from the dome of St. Pauls using the usual Heath Robinson cunning! Please note

Background imageUsual Collection: Tuba on its Own

Tuba on its Own
There are three sizes of tuba - the smallest is the Euphonium : the Bombardon is the most usual; there is also the Contrabass Tuba, used in military bands and by Wagner. Date: 1897

Background imageUsual Collection: Royal Engineers unloading ships at Surrey Docks, London, 194

Royal Engineers unloading ships at Surrey Docks, London, 194
Drawing showing Royal Engineers and men of the Pioneer Corps, under Government orders, busily unloading ships in Surrey Docks, London, August 1945

Background imageUsual Collection: Sorting Post 1930S

Sorting Post 1930S
One of the hundreds of groups of auxiliaries at the General Post Office (GPO), dispatching parcels to distant colonies during the usual Christmas postal rush

Background imageUsual Collection: Tennis Court Oath

Tennis Court Oath
Representatives of the non- privileged classes held a meeting in a tennis court after finding themselves locked out of their usual meeting hall in Versailles

Background imageUsual Collection: The late Charles Darwin

The late Charles Darwin
Article on Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) with illustrations of his statue at the Natural History Museum, the exterior of his house at Down, near Beckenham, his study and green-house

Background imageUsual Collection: Can-Can (Postcard)

Can-Can (Postcard)
A girl with skimpier underwear than usual for can-can dancers shows us her matching knickers

Background imageUsual Collection: Cartoon, Business as Usual, by Rodo Pissarro, WW1

Cartoon, Business as Usual, by Rodo Pissarro, WW1
Cartoon, Business as Usual during the alterations of the Map of Europe, watercolour by Rodo Pissarro, First World War. Showing a London greengrocer standing defiantly outside his shop. circa 1915

Background imageUsual Collection: USN - Lockheed R7V-2 Super Constellation BuNo

USN - Lockheed R7V-2 Super Constellation BuNo
United states Navy - Lockheed R7V-2 Super Constellation BuNo 131630 or 131631. Turbo-Prop conversion of the R7V-1 for the US Navy

Background imageUsual Collection: Advert for Amorphophallus Campanulatus, plant seeds 1891

Advert for Amorphophallus Campanulatus, plant seeds 1891
Amorphophallus Campanulatus, two or three feet across, with spotted stem which rises several feet and unfolds at the top an umbel of beautiful palm-like foliage which spreads out several feet like an

Background imageUsual Collection: Everything As Usual

Everything As Usual
A wartime children's short story illustration of an argument between a young man and woman, her aggressive tone causes him to stand uncomfortably. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageUsual Collection: Sir William Gull

Sir William Gull (1816 - 1890), studied medicine at St Guy's in London. In 1872 Gull was made a Baronet and became physician to Queen Victoria, treating the Prince of Wales for typhoid

Background imageUsual Collection: IRISH WAKE

IRISH WAKE
An Irish Wake - relatives and friends gather round the deathbed, grieving or mourning in various degrees, while the pigs and poultry carry on as usual. Date: 1882

Background imageUsual Collection: WAGNER, DIE FEEN

WAGNER, DIE FEEN
Prince Arindal and his fairy wife, Ada, whose origins he is forbidden to inquire into, but of course curiosity gets the better of him, with the usual consequences... Date: First performed 1834

Background imageUsual Collection: DRUNK ZENO BURIED ALIVE

DRUNK ZENO BURIED ALIVE
ZENO, Byzantine Emperor, drunk as usual, is taken for dead and buried : when sounds are heard from his tomb, his wife Ariadne tells people to take no notice Date: 491

Background imageUsual Collection: ZENO ENTOMBED ALIVE

ZENO ENTOMBED ALIVE
ZENO, Byzantine Emperor, drunk as usual, is taken for dead and buried : when sounds are heard from his tomb, his wife Ariadne tells people to take no notice Date: 491

Background imageUsual Collection: EMPEROR ZENO DIES

EMPEROR ZENO DIES
ZENO, Byzantine Emperor Drunk as usual, he is taken for dead and buried : when sounds are heard from his tomb, his wife Ariadne tells people to take no notice Date: ruled 474 - 491

Background imageUsual Collection: On this occasion there was the usual confusion

On this occasion there was the usual confusion, illustration by Percy Horton for Labour Weekly. 1925

Background imageUsual Collection: The branches of autumn beech leaves will keep their glossy surface longer if ironed

The branches of autumn beech leaves will keep their glossy surface longer if ironed after the usual pressing, with a little beeswax on the iron. Date: 1930s

Background imageUsual Collection: Caffeine Rush For Santa Date: 1948

Caffeine Rush For Santa Date: 1948

Background imageUsual Collection: Cartoon, Hats That Have Helped Me (Churchill)

Cartoon, Hats That Have Helped Me (Churchill)
Cartoon, Hats That Have Helped Me - Winston Churchill. Colonial headgear is very becoming - but on the small side as usual! Date: 1921

Background imageUsual Collection: TELEPHONE RATES UP / PUNCH

TELEPHONE RATES UP / PUNCH
Telephone Im going to cost you more Householder Why? Telephone Oh, the usual reason - increasing inefficiency Date: 1920

Background imageUsual Collection: Scaffolding & observatory on St Pauls

Scaffolding & observatory on St Pauls
It was when the cross of St Pauls was taken down in 1821 to be repaired and reguilt, that the noted surveyor, Thomas Hornor

Background imageUsual Collection: Seoul, South Korea - Shinshi Men smoking long-stemmed pipes

Seoul, South Korea - Shinshi Men smoking long-stemmed pipes. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageUsual Collection: South Korea - A Shinshi smoking a long-stemmed pipe

South Korea - A Shinshi smoking a long-stemmed pipe
South Korea - A venerable Korean man smoking a long-stemmed pipe and wearing a traditional style of top hat. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageUsual Collection: WW2 Christmas card, cat in air raid shelter

WW2 Christmas card, cat in air raid shelter
WW2 Christmas card, showing a black cat in an air raid shelter -- Christmas As Usual. Date: circa 1942

Background imageUsual Collection: Fake Spirit Photo

Fake Spirit Photo
The usual " spirit photograph", obtained by photographing the sitter with a positive of the ghost concealed in the dark-slide

Background imageUsual Collection: Business As Usual revue by F. W. Mark and A. P. de Courville

Business As Usual revue by F. W. Mark and A. P. de Courville
Business As Usual revue by F. W. Mark and Albert P. de Courville (1887 - 1960). First produced at the London Hippodrome on the 16th November 1914

Background imageUsual Collection: Arm knife and scabbard

Arm knife and scabbard, nd. Long, double edged blade of usual leaf shape. With semi-circular gear-wheel type stamps. Yellow bone hilt with usual double concave shape

Background imageUsual Collection: Miniature Egg Beater

Miniature Egg Beater
This egg beater is small enough to beat up one egg in a cup, where the usual size would be unwieldy Date: 1930s

Background imageUsual Collection: Painters Overrun London

Painters Overrun London
" The usual Good Friday invasion of London by painters was in evidence today." A group of painters work on ladders. Date: 18 April 1930

Background imageUsual Collection: Englishman of 1635

Englishman of 1635
He has wrapped his blue cloak over his arm, a usual way of carrying the cloak indoors; his clothes are finely cut and decorated at almost every point, without exaggeration Date: circa 1635

Background imageUsual Collection: Business as Usual revue - Knitting and Sewing scene

Business as Usual revue - Knitting and Sewing scene
A scene from Business as Usual a new revue at the London Hippodrome with a vicar addressing a group of ladies who are knitting and sewing comforts for troops. Date: 1914

Background imageUsual Collection: WW2 Christmas card

WW2 Christmas card, Business As Usual (inside). Date: circa 1942

Background imageUsual Collection: WW1 cartoon, Somme Post Office

WW1 cartoon, Somme Post Office, showing business as usual with a pile of mailbags. Cartoon by H. H. Knight. Date: 1916

Background imageUsual Collection: Switzerland - Grindelwald, the Wetterhorn

Switzerland - Grindelwald, the Wetterhorn
Coloured lantern slide of a view of Mount Wetterhorn from the town of Grindelwald. Long famed as a winter tourist destination with slopes for beginners

Background imageUsual Collection: Suffragette Carried off by Policeman

Suffragette Carried off by Policeman. A Suffragette who is not the usual stereotype old maid, is held in the arms of a burly policeman

Background imageUsual Collection: Business as usual - despite air raids, 1915

Business as usual - despite air raids, 1915
Business as usual - despite air raids: an amourous couple carry on regardless during an air raid. Date: 1915

Background imageUsual Collection: Jelks in wartime, second hand furniture merchant, WW1

Jelks in wartime, second hand furniture merchant, WW1
Advertisement for Jelk s, W. Jelks & Sons of Holloway Road, London, with fifty years experience in house removals and second hand furniture

Background imageUsual Collection: Keep the Workers Working, Buying fur coats during WW1

Keep the Workers Working, Buying fur coats during WW1
A spread from The Tatler featuring four designs for fur coats from a Parisian design house and ladies to continue to buy luxury fashion in wartime

Background imageUsual Collection: Cartoon, Holidays as Usual, WW1

Cartoon, Holidays as Usual, WW1
Cartoon, Holidays as Usual. Mr Jones goes bathing at a seaside resort in the early days of the First World War, not heeding the warnings about submarines being on the lookout for the enemy

Background imageUsual Collection: Man banging a drum to advertise public entertainment

Man banging a drum to advertise public entertainment
A man banging a large drum to advertise some public entertainment -- business as usual, even though a war is on. Date: August 1914

Background imageUsual Collection: Bonzo gets into the usual seaside snapshot! by George Studdy

Bonzo gets into the usual seaside snapshot! by George Studdy
Bonzo gets into the usual seaside snapshot, surrounded by leggy bathing beauties. George Ernest Studdy (1878-1948), was the creator of Bonzo

Background imageUsual Collection: Camille Desmoulins 1

Camille Desmoulins 1
At the Palais Royal, the usual Sunday afternoon crowd are harangued by a young lawyer who rouses them to action with an impassioned speech. Date: 12 July 1789

Background imageUsual Collection: Thankin Nus Peace Pagoda - Rangoon

Thankin Nus Peace Pagoda - Rangoon - Peace Pagoda being built (U Nu - President of Burma at the time). It is a different style from the usual bell shaped ones that cannot be entered

Background imageUsual Collection: A man servant with usual meal table

A man servant with usual meal table. Drawing shows a male servant, full-length, standing, facing left, holding a small table with dishes for dining. Date ca. 1890

Background imageUsual Collection: Dusting plane hedge-hopping after spraying swath on beanfiel

Dusting plane hedge-hopping after spraying swath on beanfield. These planes can spray 100 acres an hour, can usually fly one or two hours unless it rains or storms in an average day

Background imageUsual Collection: La tete decapitee every afternoon & eve g. : all other enter

La tete decapitee every afternoon & eve g. : all other entertainments as usual. Date 1874. La tete decapitee every afternoon & eve g. : all other entertainments as usual. Date 1874



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