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1926 Collection

In the year 1926, the world witnessed a myriad of remarkable events and creations

Background image1926 Collection: John Logie Bairds experiment, showing how television transm

John Logie Bairds experiment, showing how television transm
Sending pictures through the air. Bairds system of television transmits its wireless pictures. John Logie Baird transmitted a moving image by wireless, showing gradations of light and shade

Background image1926 Collection: Amersham / Metro-Land 1926

Amersham / Metro-Land 1926
Amersham, Buckinghamshire: a quiet side-street Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: Puccini / Turandot

Puccini / Turandot
Portrait of Princess Turandot

Background image1926 Collection: The Kinecar by William Heath Robinson

The Kinecar by William Heath Robinson
Double page illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) showing a well-equipped omnibus transporting passengers while they watch a film

Background image1926 Collection: St Albans / Penrose 1926

St Albans / Penrose 1926
St Albans, Hertfordshire: French Row

Background image1926 Collection: Germany, Essen, Gelmeroda IX, 1926

Germany, Essen, Gelmeroda IX, 1926
Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), Gelmeroda IX, 1926

Background image1926 Collection: Metro-Land House

Metro-Land House
A middle class home on the cover of a guide to the residential area north-west of London

Background image1926 Collection: Elizabeth Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)

Elizabeth Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)
Elizabeth Bessie Coleman, 1892-1926, the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license. Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: METROPOLIS POSTER, 1926. German poster for Fritz Langs 1926 film, Metropolis

METROPOLIS POSTER, 1926. German poster for Fritz Langs 1926 film, Metropolis
METROPOLIS POSTER, 1926. German poster for Fritz Langs 1926 film, " Metropolis."

Background image1926 Collection: Ukulele Song 1926

Ukulele Song 1926
A happy couple singing by moonlight: Give me a ukulele... and a ukulele baby... and leave the rest to me

Background image1926 Collection: Felix Dzerzhinsky

Felix Dzerzhinsky
FELIX DZERZHINSKY Polish/Russian agitator, banished to Siberia, exiled for part in 1905 rising, returned 1917, head of secret police (Cheka) etc

Background image1926 Collection: Higher Education

Higher Education
A Blue Stocking reads in a Library. Illustration by Webster Murray

Background image1926 Collection: High Row, Darlington, County Durham

High Row, Darlington, County Durham
A view of High Row in Darlington, County Durham, showing a clock tower, traffic and shops

Background image1926 Collection: Tarot Card 18 - La Lune (The Moon)

Tarot Card 18 - La Lune (The Moon)
The Moon, as depicted on a Tarot card

Background image1926 Collection: Ivor Novello star of The Rat (1925)

Ivor Novello star of The Rat (1925)
Ivor Novello the star of The Rat on stage and screen Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: John Moses Browning

John Moses Browning
JOHN MOSES BROWNING American inventor of automatic pistols, rifles etc : shown with one of his machine guns

Background image1926 Collection: Tarot Card 19 - Le Soleil (The Sun)

Tarot Card 19 - Le Soleil (The Sun)
The Sun, as depicted on a Tarot card

Background image1926 Collection: Jessie M King

Jessie M King
Illustration for greetings card showing a ship at sea guarded by angels. Artist: Jessie Marion King (1875-1949) Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: The Green Coat

The Green Coat (1926). Lavery, Sir John 1856-1941. Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: Fidel Castro - Speech

Fidel Castro - Speech
FIDEL CASTRO - President of Cuba giving a speech in Havana in August 1993. *UNAVAILABLE FOR USE IN ASIA AT PRESENT*

Background image1926 Collection: Another Wash-out by W. Heath Robinson

Another Wash-out by W. Heath Robinson
Training at home for the cross Channel swim with a man swimming suspended from a window with watering cans. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger

Background image1926 Collection: METROLAND MAP

METROLAND MAP
A map of Metro-Land, the residential area in Londons northwest hinterland, served by Londons Underground though in these parts most of it runs over ground. Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: Advert for Louis Vuitton travelling accessories and trunks

Advert for Louis Vuitton travelling accessories and trunks and Itylus dressmaker, London, 1926 Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: The Courtauld Institute

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Home House, Portman Square, London, the magnificent Georgian house Samuel Courtauld acquired in 1926 to exhibit his collection Date: 18th century

Background image1926 Collection: North Wales Lunatic Asylum, Denbigh, North Wales

North Wales Lunatic Asylum, Denbigh, North Wales
Administration block of the North Wales Lunatic Asylum at Denbigh, opened in 1848 and designed by Thomas Fulljames

Background image1926 Collection: Playtime at Wimbledon. by William Heath Robinson

Playtime at Wimbledon. by William Heath Robinson
The new craze of Jazz Tennis caught in full swing by our extra special artist. A humorous illustration of tennis players dancing the foxtrot on a tennis court

Background image1926 Collection: Great Western Train

Great Western Train
An express train of the Great Western Railway

Background image1926 Collection: Toy Electric Train Ad

Toy Electric Train Ad
An advertisement for the new Lionel 100% elecrically controlled railroad

Background image1926 Collection: Advert for Burberry winter sports wear 1926

Advert for Burberry winter sports wear 1926
A group of skiers take a rest. Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: Sandbanks Chain Ferry No. 1 - Entrance to Poole Harbour

Sandbanks Chain Ferry No. 1 - Entrance to Poole Harbour
The No.1 steam-powered Sandbanks chain ferry. Sandbanks Ferry is a vehicular chain ferry which crosses the entrance of Poole Harbour in the English county of Dorset

Background image1926 Collection: The Derby 1923 by Cecil Aldin

The Derby 1923 by Cecil Aldin
Leaving the post at the start of the Derby of 1923, a race famously won by Papyrus, owned by Mr B. Irish and ridden by Steve Donoghue

Background image1926 Collection: Henry Joy McCracken

Henry Joy McCracken 1767-98 (1926). Harrison, Sarah Cecilia 1863-1941. Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: Exeter High Street / 1926

Exeter High Street / 1926
A view looking up the High Street

Background image1926 Collection: WOMAN / MAKE-UP 1926

WOMAN / MAKE-UP 1926
An attractive woman in a white dress, making up her face at her dressing table

Background image1926 Collection: Houdini with Canister

Houdini with Canister
Harry Houdini with a canister from which he emerged while underwater

Background image1926 Collection: GERTRUDE BELL 1868-1926

GERTRUDE BELL 1868-1926
GERTRUDE M L BELL English traveller, archaeologist and government official

Background image1926 Collection: The exclusive private-members Kit Cat Club by Fish

The exclusive private-members Kit Cat Club by Fish
The exclusive private-members Kit Cat Club in Haymarket, London with diners taking to the dancefloor dancing by synthetic moonlight to those saddening, maddening melodies

Background image1926 Collection: Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA

Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA
The Pilgrim Monument and Bas Relief Tablet on Town Hill, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA. It commemorates the signing of the Compact and the first landing place of the Pilgrims on 11 November 1620

Background image1926 Collection: HOME APPLIANCE AD, 1926. Advertisement for the Hoover vacuum cleaner from an American magazine of

HOME APPLIANCE AD, 1926. Advertisement for the Hoover vacuum cleaner from an American magazine of 1926

Background image1926 Collection: Hampton Court 1926

Hampton Court 1926
Hampton Court

Background image1926 Collection: Croydon from the Air

Croydon from the Air
Croydon Airport as passengers see it immediately after take- off or prior to landing

Background image1926 Collection: Beehive / Bee / Honey 1926

Beehive / Bee / Honey 1926
A beehive, and one bee

Background image1926 Collection: Bertram Mills Circus

Bertram Mills Circus
A centaur style illustration, featuring a clown and a circus horse, adorn the cover of a programme for performances at Olympia, London

Background image1926 Collection: Justice as depicted on a Tarot card

Justice as depicted on a Tarot card
Comtesse de Segur, nee Sophie Rostopchine, French writer, born in Russia, best known for Les Malheurs de Sophie, first published 1859

Background image1926 Collection: Lady with greyhound

Lady with greyhound
Noel Noel. Christmas card Art Deco illustration of lady with greyhound. Date: circa 1926

Background image1926 Collection: Sketch by Fish of tango dancing, at the Florida Club, London

Sketch by Fish of tango dancing, at the Florida Club, London, 1926 Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: Sketch by Fish of the Charleston dance at the Embassy club

Sketch by Fish of the Charleston dance at the Embassy club, London, 1926 Date: 1926

Background image1926 Collection: Golf Club, Hyannisport, Cape Cod, Mass, USA

Golf Club, Hyannisport, Cape Cod, Mass, USA, with two men playing on the green. Date: 1926



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In the year 1926, the world witnessed a myriad of remarkable events and creations. The renowned composer Puccini left an indelible mark with his final opera, Turandot, captivating audiences with its enchanting melodies. Meanwhile, William Heath Robinson unveiled his ingenious invention, The Kinecar, showcasing his boundless imagination. Germany was abuzz as Essen became a hub for artistic expression through Gelmeroda IX in 1926. This painting by Penrose transported viewers to a realm where colors danced on canvas like never before. In aviation history, Elizabeth Bessie Coleman's untimely demise in 1926 left behind a legacy that inspired countless aspiring pilots. High Row in Darlington County Durham became witness to extraordinary moments when Felix Dzerzhinsky made groundbreaking strides towards revolutionizing law enforcement. Simultaneously, Jessie M King's artistic prowess flourished during this era, leaving her mark on the art world forever. Metro-Land House emerged as an architectural marvel during this time period - an embodiment of modernity and elegance that still stands tall today. And who could forget the infectious tunes of the Ukulele Song from 1926? Its cheerful melody brought joy to hearts around the globe. Amidst all these achievements and milestones stood The Green Coat - a symbol of fashion trends that captivated style enthusiasts worldwide. Additionally, Fritz Lang's iconic film Metropolis took cinemas by storm with its thought-provoking storyline and visually stunning cinematography. As we reflect upon the year 1926, it becomes evident that it was truly a transformative time filled with cultural masterpieces and groundbreaking innovations across various fields – reminding us of humanity's endless potential for creativity and progress.