A Garden Guide - Extracting a Weed from a Lawn
Illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) showing a typically convoluted method of weeding a garden lawn. A man is hosted by ropes supported by a teepee configuration of poles worked by onlookers. He holds a corkscrew type instrument in his hand, in order to extract a single weed. Robinson was a regular contributor to the Sketch, the Bystander and other ILN titles during his lifetime. His weekly drawings featuring mind-boggling contraptions and designs were immensely popular. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evan"
© Courtesy of the estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library
Wheel worked by dog - turning roasting spit, Carmarthenshire
Wheel worked by a dog for turning the roasting spit - used until the end of the first quarter of the 19th century. This example was the property of the late Sir John Williams, Bart. and was formerly fixed in the Hall - part kitchen, part Dining Room - of Pilrhoth, Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire and removed only when the house was demolished. Date: circa 1905
Group of Belgian and British soldiers at Quex Park
Group of Belgian and British soldiers at Quex Park, with three members of the VAD staff. The Belgian men are wearing civilian clothes. All the British soldiers are in army uniform. Imperial hospital patients wore 'hospital blues' - blue serge jacket and trousers, together with a white shirt and red tie. This could be a gathering of patients about to leave the hospital. A vehicle is in the background, perhaps ready to transport them to the station or to the military hospital at Shorncliffe near Folkestone. The VAD nurse on the left of the photograph is Alice Cobb, a member of the Margate Cobb family. She worked as Quartermaster of the Hospital. The Quex Park VAD Hospital opened on 15 October 1914 and closed on 31 January 1919. The hospital was run by Kent/178, the Birchington Detachment. The Commandant was Hannah Powell-Cotton (1881-1964), wife of Major Percy HG Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) of Quex Park, founder of the Powell-Cotton Museum. Date: 1914
© The Powell-Cotton Museum Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library