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1949 Collection

"1949: A Year of Milestones and Icons" In 1949, the world witnessed remarkable events and iconic figures that left an indelible mark on history

Background image1949 Collection: St Winefrides Well Shrine in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, 15th December 1949

St Winefrides Well Shrine in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, 15th December 1949. Also know as Winifreds Well, it claims to be the oldest continually visited pilgrimage site in Great Britain

Background image1949 Collection: HMAS Melbourne head-on

HMAS Melbourne head-on. HMAS Melbourne was laid down in 1943 as HMS Majestic. Construction was frozen at the end of WW2 but resumed in 1949 after the ship was taken over by the RAN

Background image1949 Collection: ANNA ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962). Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

ANNA ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962). Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt holding a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster at Lake Success, New York

Background image1949 Collection: GURDJIEFF (1872-1949)

GURDJIEFF (1872-1949)
Georgei Ivanovitch Gurdjieff Russian spiritual leader

Background image1949 Collection: Manchesters last tram

Manchesters last tram on its farewell journey, heading for the Depot. A group of people wave from the pavement. Date: 1949

Background image1949 Collection: Mass spectrometer, 1954

Mass spectrometer, 1954
Mass spectrometer. Researchers adjusting the controls of a mass spectrometer. This is an all-metal demountable mass spectrometer

Background image1949 Collection: GURDJIEFF

GURDJIEFF
Georgei Ivanovitch Gurdjieff Russian spiritual leader

Background image1949 Collection: Short Solent Passener Flying Boat - Victoria Falls - Zambesi

Short Solent Passener Flying Boat - Victoria Falls - Zambesi
A Short Solent Passenger Flying Boat (G-AHIN) close to the Victoria Falls on the Zambesi River - Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia). Date: circa 1949

Background image1949 Collection: Dewars White Label Whisky shipping ad

Dewars White Label Whisky shipping ad
A crate containing Dewars White Label Scotch whisky " among the distinguished passengers" is lifted on board the Queen Elizabeth ship at quayside in this advertisement. Date: 1949

Background image1949 Collection: MG MGTC Britain British

MG MGTC Britain British

Background image1949 Collection: Okapi chewing leaves

Okapi chewing leaves
Okapi eating leaves from a tree branch drawn for Drawing at the Zoo published in 1949. The okapi is a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa

Background image1949 Collection: de Havilland DH-100 Vampire FB-5

de Havilland DH-100 Vampire FB-5
RAF de Havilland Dh-100 Vampire Fb.5 Date: 1949

Background image1949 Collection: Douglas DC-3 / C-47 Dakota

Douglas DC-3 / C-47 Dakota
Airmen Maintaining a Douglas Dc-3 / C-47 Dakota at the Headquarters of the USAFe 85th Air Depot-Wing Date: 1949

Background image1949 Collection: SIDESHOW POSTER, c1949. Circus sideshow poster by Nieman Eisman, featuring Celesta Geyer

SIDESHOW POSTER, c1949. Circus sideshow poster by Nieman Eisman, featuring Celesta Geyer, known as Jolly Dolly Dimple, c1949

Background image1949 Collection: P&O Liner Chusan

P&O Liner Chusan. circa 1949

Background image1949 Collection: Vincent Rapide HRD Series C black 1949 1940s 40s

Vincent Rapide HRD Series C black 1949 1940s 40s
Vincent Rapide HRD Series C 1949 Black

Background image1949 Collection: Flight Lieutenant K. H. F Letford, DFO

Flight Lieutenant K. H. F Letford, DFO
Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Harold Francis Letford, as he appeared in the Illustrated London News in 1949, when he was awarded a bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry in assisting HMS

Background image1949 Collection: The de Havilland DH106 Comet first prototype G-5-1

The de Havilland DH106 Comet first prototype G-5-1
The de Havilland DH106 Comet first prototype, G-5-1 (later registered G-ALVG) with the third de Havilland DH108, VW120, at Hatfield, 27 July 1949. Date: 1949

Background image1949 Collection: LCC-LFB Dual purpose pump escape at Lambeth HQ

LCC-LFB Dual purpose pump escape at Lambeth HQ
A Dennis F7 pump escape at Lambeth HQ, a classic postwar fire engine newly in service in London. It was powered by a 150 bhp 5.7 litre Rolls-Royce engine and served initially at Lambeth Fire Station

Background image1949 Collection: BILLIE HOLIDAY (1915-1959). American jazz singer, holding an African sculpture

BILLIE HOLIDAY (1915-1959). American jazz singer, holding an African sculpture. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1949

Background image1949 Collection: Just Wright by David Wright

Just Wright by David Wright
A young woman in a red dress with a plunging neckline and a large, wide brimmed hat to protect her English rose complexion from the sun, contemplates the viewer with a slightly arrogant air

Background image1949 Collection: GURDJIEFF (1872-1949)

GURDJIEFF (1872-1949)
Georgei Ivanovitch Gurdjieff Russian spiritual leader (in 1935)

Background image1949 Collection: Axel Munthe / Anacapri

Axel Munthe / Anacapri
AXEL MUNTHE Home of the Swedish physician and writer on Anacapri, Italy Date: 1857 - 1949

Background image1949 Collection: Arsenal Football Club team and officials 1948-1949

Arsenal Football Club team and officials 1948-1949
Arsenal Football Club team and officials, season of 1948-1949 (names below the photo). Date: 1948-1949

Background image1949 Collection: MG MGTC Britain British

MG MGTC Britain British

Background image1949 Collection: Variety Theatre, Monte Saldo

Variety Theatre, Monte Saldo
English born Monte Saldo 1879 - 1949 (real name A. M. Woolaston). Strong-man, Gymnast and also an artists model. Here he is photographed in various statuesque classical poses as well as in the more

Background image1949 Collection: Holiday Camp / Butlins

Holiday Camp / Butlins
BUTLINS - Littlehampton - the Figure of Eight ride ( Thriller )

Background image1949 Collection: Oxford V Cambridge 1949

Oxford V Cambridge 1949
An official souvenir from the Oxford versus Cambridge boat race from Putney to Mortlake on 26th March which was won by Cambridge by quarter of a length

Background image1949 Collection: Fall / Cairn Terrier / 1949

Fall / Cairn Terrier / 1949
A group of Cairn terrier puppies from the Toptwig kennel. Owner: Tracker Date: 1949

Background image1949 Collection: Stiebel Evening Dress

Stiebel Evening Dress
An evening dress in golden jersey classically draped and folded. By Victor Stiebel at Jacqmar

Background image1949 Collection: Heartless Robot

Heartless Robot
MISSING INGREDIENT (Alejandro) The robot is missing a heart

Background image1949 Collection: London Tram 1949

London Tram 1949
A tram on a London street bound for Embankment

Background image1949 Collection: Bristol Brabazon

Bristol Brabazon
Designed to fly non-stop London-NY, the Bristol 167 is the largest civil aircraft in the air - wingspan 70m, length 54m. It fails for economic not technical reasons

Background image1949 Collection: Summer Holidays in the British Isles

Summer Holidays in the British Isles
Cover illustration for Summer Holidays in the British Isles, with Cooks World Travel Service, showing an English seaside resort, with a sandy beach, sailing boats on the sea, a pier and a blue sky

Background image1949 Collection: Summer Holidays in Holland and Belgium

Summer Holidays in Holland and Belgium
Cover illustration for Summer Holidays in Holland and Belgium, Cooks World Travel Service. A young woman in a short green dress stands on the beach waving a handkerchief

Background image1949 Collection: The Crown and Septre Hotel, Stephenson Street, North Shields. January 27th 1949

The Crown and Septre Hotel, Stephenson Street, North Shields. January 27th 1949

Background image1949 Collection: Man & 1948 Triumph motorcycle

Man & 1948 Triumph motorcycle
Man on his 1948 Triumph Trophy 500cc motorcycle road side circa 1950

Background image1949 Collection: OUDS: The Tempest at Worcester College, 1949

OUDS: The Tempest at Worcester College, 1949
A midsummer diversion in an Oxford garden: the Oxford University Drama Societys production of Shakespeares The Tempest in the grounds of Worcester College, 1949

Background image1949 Collection: 1949 Cadillac series 61 Fastback

1949 Cadillac series 61 Fastback classic 1940s american automobile

Background image1949 Collection: Car Ride at Dreamland

Car Ride at Dreamland
The Brooklands Racers car ride at Dreamland Amusement Park, Margate, Kent

Background image1949 Collection: Banbury Station, 1949

Banbury Station, 1949
A view of Banbury station in Oxfordshire, taken in 1949 showing the platforms under the original overall roof which survived until 1953 when work began on rebuilding the station

Background image1949 Collection: Polruan, Cornwall, May 1949

Polruan, Cornwall, May 1949
View of the Cornish fishing village Polruan, May 1949. The Polruan-Fowey ferry landing can be seen in the image and a number of small fishing boats are moored up in the Fowey Estuary

Background image1949 Collection: Lechlade-on-Thames, September 1949

Lechlade-on-Thames, September 1949
A rather deserted view across the marketplace in Lechlade. The building in the centre is Barclays Bank and is still in operation

Background image1949 Collection: 1949 Jowett Javelin. Creator: Unknown

1949 Jowett Javelin. Creator: Unknown
1949 Jowett Javelin

Background image1949 Collection: Advert for J. Roussel underwear 1949

Advert for J. Roussel underwear 1949
A blonde bombshell model wears a rather elaborate creation. Date: 1949

Background image1949 Collection: LFB turntable ladders in use at Hackney fire

LFB turntable ladders in use at Hackney fire
Firefighters in action at Messrs Woolf, a furniture store in Hackney, East London

Background image1949 Collection: GEORGE ORWELL 1903-1950

GEORGE ORWELL 1903-1950
GEORGE ORWELL (real name Eric Arthur Blair) English writer, fought in Spanish Civil War on the Republican side and gained fame with novels Animal Farm (1944) and 1984 (1949)

Background image1949 Collection: Discovery of an unexploded parachute mine in Hull after the Second World War

Discovery of an unexploded parachute mine in Hull after the Second World War. Navy and Army bomb disposal squads moving the parachute mine from the dredger to a waiting truck. May 1949



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"1949: A Year of Milestones and Icons" In 1949, the world witnessed remarkable events and iconic figures that left an indelible mark on history. The year began with a powerful image as the HMAS Melbourne faced head-on against unknown challenges, symbolizing the courage and resilience of those who protect our seas. Meanwhile, in Manchester, a significant era came to an end as the city bid farewell to its last tram, marking a transition into modern transportation systems. On another continent, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt stood tall as she held up a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster at Lake Success. Her unwavering dedication to equality echoed through time and continues to inspire generations even today. Amidst these monumental moments, advertisements like Dewars White Label Whisky shipping ad reminded us of the changing consumer landscape and evolving tastes during this period. Gurdjieff's enigmatic presence captivated many minds throughout 1949. His teachings offered spiritual insights that challenged conventional wisdom and encouraged self-discovery. In the realm of speed and style, Vincent Rapide HRD Series C black motorcycles roared onto the scene in 1949. These sleek machines embodied both elegance and power synonymous with their era. Entertainment took center stage with Nieman Eisman's circus sideshow poster featuring Celesta Geyer or Jolly Dolly Dimple. This captivating artwork transported audiences into a world filled with wonderment under colorful big tops. Nature also had its own story to tell; Okapi chewing leaves showcased Africa's unique wildlife diversity while reminding us of our responsibility towards conservation efforts for future generations. Scientific advancements were not far behind either; mass spectrometers emerged in 1954 revolutionizing analytical chemistry by providing precise measurements essential for scientific progress across various fields. Aviation enthusiasts marveled at de Havilland DH-100 Vampire FB-5 aircraft soaring through skies alongside Douglas DC-3/C-47 Dakota planes, representing the pinnacle of aviation technology during this era.