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1939 Collection

"1939: A Year of Captivating Moments and Iconic Figures" Step into the world of 1939, where history unfolded in mesmerizing ways. Mrs

Background image1939 Collection: FRANCO BAHAMONDE, Francisco (1892-1975)

FRANCO BAHAMONDE, Francisco (1892-1975). Spanish military man and politician. Dictator of Spain from 1939 to 1975

Background image1939 Collection: GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939. Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O Hara in a still from the film Gone With The

GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939. Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O Hara in a still from the film Gone With The Wind, 1939

Background image1939 Collection: King George VI - fine photographic portrait

King George VI - fine photographic portrait
A very fine photographic portrait of King George VI (1895-1952) - King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth. Date: circa 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Mrs Tabithas Cat Academy Louis Wain

Mrs Tabithas Cat Academy Louis Wain
Humorous illustration by Louis Wain (1860-1939) showing a feline teacher instructing her kitten pupils

Background image1939 Collection: Spain. Civil War. Militia men

Spain. Civil War. Militia men
Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Campaign for the defense of Madrid (autumn 1936). Bataillon of women's militia. Engraving

Background image1939 Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY, 1939. Publicity still from the motion picture Flying Deuces, 1939

LAUREL AND HARDY, 1939. Publicity still from the motion picture Flying Deuces, 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Aerial view of University, Dayton, Ohio, USA

Aerial view of University, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Aerial view of the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, USA, with the sports field and spectators clearly visible on the right. Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Spitfires over Forth

Spitfires over Forth
German Heinkel IIIs over the Forth Bridge are intercepted by Spitfires - the first defensive aerial action of the war

Background image1939 Collection: GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939. Hattie McDaniel assists Vivien Leigh while offering some unwelcomed advice

GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939. Hattie McDaniel assists Vivien Leigh while offering some unwelcomed advice

Background image1939 Collection: Citroen Traction Avant or Light 15

Citroen Traction Avant or Light 15

Background image1939 Collection: Ernest Hemingway Fishing

Ernest Hemingway Fishing
Sun Valley, Idaho: 1939 Author Ernest Hemingway holding two trout he has caught

Background image1939 Collection: Tate & Lyle Refinery

Tate & Lyle Refinery
A coastal barge sailing by the famous Tate and Lyle sugar refinery works, Plaistow Wharf, off Silvertown, North Woolwich, east London

Background image1939 Collection: Bay of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA

Bay of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA
View of the Bay of Avalon, with the Casino in the background, Casino Point, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA. Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Poster advertising Royal Mail Lines to the West Indies

Poster advertising Royal Mail Lines to the West Indies
Poster advertising a Royal Mail Lines cruise to the West Indies on the liner Atlantis

Background image1939 Collection: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Bomber; Second World War, 1939

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Bomber; Second World War, 1939
Photograph of a Royal Air Force Armstrong Whitworth Whitley bomber in flight, 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Harrogate Ladies College

Harrogate Ladies College
A girls school in a castle: Harrogate Colleges pleasant retreat at Lord Swintons residence near Ripon, Yorkshire at the beginning of World War II

Background image1939 Collection: Scunthorpe Iron Works

Scunthorpe Iron Works
Iron-smelting works at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England

Background image1939 Collection: Sunbeam Talbot advertisement, 1939

Sunbeam Talbot advertisement, 1939
An advertisement for Britains Most Exclusive Light Car, the Sunbeam Talbot 10, where the ad lets the car do the talking! Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Variety Theatre, Dr. Walford Bodie

Variety Theatre, Dr. Walford Bodie
Dr. Walford Bodie 1869 - 1939, One of the most famed and controversial Music Hall performers of his day. Known as the Electrical Wizzard

Background image1939 Collection: Britannia and Eve, July 1939

Britannia and Eve, July 1939
Front cover illustration depicting a woman with a typical 1940s hairstyle hugging her wire-haired fox terrier dog

Background image1939 Collection: W B Yeats / Nobel

W B Yeats / Nobel
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS Irish poet and dramatist

Background image1939 Collection: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - Memorial Stadium, University

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - Memorial Stadium, University of Minnesota. Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Robin Redbreast

Robin Redbreast
Poem by M. Nightingale about the robin, featuring a lovely decoration by Gladys M. Rees. Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Propaganda poster: careless talk costs lives

Propaganda poster: careless talk costs lives
Second world war propaganda poster warning people that careless talk costs lives. Tell nobody -- not even her

Background image1939 Collection: Police Officer & Triumph

Police Officer & Triumph
Metropolitan Police officer on a Triumph motorcycle during World War II

Background image1939 Collection: Starting Post, Saratoga Race Course, NY State, USA

Starting Post, Saratoga Race Course, NY State, USA
Jockeys and their horses, including War Admiral, approaching the Starting Post, Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, New York State, USA. Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Polish cavalry at the start of World War Two

Polish cavalry at the start of World War Two
Poland as a military power: cavalry, tanks and infantry (part of a spread in the Illustrated London News). Polands impressive horse cavalry are seen here, probably the best in Europe (the ILN says)

Background image1939 Collection: WIZARD OF OZ, 1939. Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 MGM production of The Wizard of Oz

WIZARD OF OZ, 1939. Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 MGM production of The Wizard of Oz

Background image1939 Collection: Scenery near Lamlash, Isle of Arran, Scotland

Scenery near Lamlash, Isle of Arran, Scotland - Painted by artist Alexander Cameron for the Sevenoaks based publishing and printing company J. Salmon - Painted 1939 Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Cir Mohr from Glen Rosa, Isle of Arran, Scotland

Cir Mohr from Glen Rosa, Isle of Arran, Scotland - Painted by artist Alexander Cameron for the Sevenoaks based publishing and printing company J. Salmon - Painted 1939 Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: HMS Achilles, British light cruiser, WW2

HMS Achilles, British light cruiser, WW2
HMS Achilles (70), British light class cruiser which served with the Royal New Zealand Navy during the Second World War. Seen here with a seaplane on board. Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Westminster Hospital opening April 1939

Westminster Hospital opening April 1939
A great event in hospital history the new Westminister Hospital will be open on 20th April 1939 by His Majesty King accompanied by Her Majesty The Queen

Background image1939 Collection: HMS Jervis Bay, armed merchant cruiser, WW2

HMS Jervis Bay, armed merchant cruiser, WW2
HMS Jervis Bay, an armed merchant cruiser which served during the Second World War. Launched 1922 (as a passenger ship), commissioned for war service 1939

Background image1939 Collection: SHERLOCK HOLMES. Basil Rathbone (1892-1967). English actor. In the role of Sherlock Holmes

SHERLOCK HOLMES. Basil Rathbone (1892-1967). English actor. In the role of Sherlock Holmes

Background image1939 Collection: WIZARD OF OZ, 1939. Judy Garland as Dorothy, with her dog Toto, in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz

WIZARD OF OZ, 1939. Judy Garland as Dorothy, with her dog Toto, in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz

Background image1939 Collection: Arlington, Virginia, USA - Fort Myer Chapel

Arlington, Virginia, USA - Fort Myer Chapel Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Plane arriving, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA

Plane arriving, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA
Plane arriving at Avalon Bay, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA, with the Casino on the left and the Hotel St Catherine on the right. Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: Greetings from Akron, Ohio, USA

Greetings from Akron, Ohio, USA
Greetings postcard from Akron, Ohio, USA, rubber manufacturing center of the world, showing the Goodyear Memorial and a rubber tyre shape containing three scenes (Firestone, Goodrich and Goodyear)

Background image1939 Collection: Loss of HMS Courageous by G. H. Davis

Loss of HMS Courageous by G. H. Davis
The loss of HMS Courageous: one of the Royal Navys aircraft carriers sunk by a German submarine. A sectional drawing of the vessel, showing amidships the boiler room section

Background image1939 Collection: Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes

Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes
Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), British ballet dancer, pictured at her Kensington home repairing her ballet shoes around the time she danced the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at a Royal Command Gala

Background image1939 Collection: Hawker Hurricane Fighter, 1939

Hawker Hurricane Fighter, 1939
Diagram illustration of a British Hawker Hurricane Fighter, able to fly at a height of 35, 000 feet, with a 600 mile range and eight fixed Browning guns, firing 250 rounds in 10 seconds

Background image1939 Collection: Citroen Traction Avant Light 15

Citroen Traction Avant Light 15

Background image1939 Collection: Shah of Iran - Reza Shah Pevlavi

Shah of Iran - Reza Shah Pevlavi
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, (1919 - 1980). Emperor of Iran from 16th September 1941, until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11th February 1979"

Background image1939 Collection: Empire Air Day Poster

Empire Air Day Poster
A poster for the Empire Air Day on Saturday 20th May 1939 at Warmwell near Dorchester. The Hawker Hurricane planes played a key role in attack and defence during WW2

Background image1939 Collection: Barrel Girl

Barrel Girl
Bottoms up! A little girl accidentally reveals the fact that her knickers match her dress as she leans over a water butt!

Background image1939 Collection: Advert for Bentley, the Silent Sports Car, featuring a Bentley motor car in front of a

Advert for Bentley, the Silent Sports Car, featuring a Bentley motor car in front of a house in the village of Stratford St Mary in Essex. Buy a car made in the United Kingdom. Date: 1939

Background image1939 Collection: The Coldstream Guards taking over the Colour

The Coldstream Guards taking over the Colour
circa 1910s

Background image1939 Collection: Hampstead Heath 1939

Hampstead Heath 1939
Two women walking together up Sandy Lane, an avenue of huge trees leading to Spaniards Lane, Hampstead Heath, north London, England, during winter snow. Date: January 1939



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"1939: A Year of Captivating Moments and Iconic Figures" Step into the world of 1939, where history unfolded in mesmerizing ways. Mrs. Tabitha's Cat Academy, inspired by the whimsical artistry of Louis Wain, delighted feline enthusiasts with its enchanting charm. In a regal display, King George VI graced us with his fine photographic portrait, embodying dignity and strength during a pivotal time in British history. From high above the clouds, an aerial view revealed the sprawling University in Dayton, Ohio - a hub of knowledge and innovation that shaped countless futures. Meanwhile, Laurel and Hardy brought laughter to screens worldwide with their timeless comedy in "Flying Deuces, " capturing hearts through their hilarious antics. Dreams set sail as Royal Mail Lines enticed adventurers to embark on unforgettable journeys to the West Indies - promising exotic landscapes and vibrant cultures awaiting discovery. The Bay of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island beckoned sun-seekers with its pristine shores and azure waters; a paradise offering respite from everyday worries. On bustling streets across continents, the Citroen Traction Avant or Light 15 epitomized elegance and sophistication - an automobile that turned heads wherever it roamed. Amidst escalating tensions leading up to World War II, the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Bomber took flight as a symbol of military might – poised for action when duty called. Spitfires soared triumphantly over Forth's skies – guardians protecting freedom against looming threats; their sleek silhouettes inspiring hope amidst uncertainty. Education thrived at Harrogate Ladies College as young minds blossomed within its hallowed halls – nurturing future leaders who would shape society for years to come. At Scunthorpe Iron Works' fiery furnaces, steel forged progress; hands labored tirelessly to build foundations for industrial advancement that would transform nations forevermore. And finally. .