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1955 Collection

"1955: A Year of Iconic Moments and Timeless Elegance" In 1955, the world witnessed a series of remarkable events that left an indelible mark on history

Background image1955 Collection: Elizabeth II - Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Elizabeth II - Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth
Her Majesty Elizabeth II - Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms (1926-2022). Date: 1955

Background image1955 Collection: Boeing Stratocruiser G-ANUC BOAC London Airport

Boeing Stratocruiser G-ANUC BOAC London Airport
Originally part of the United Airlines fleet servicing the Hawaii route, the Stratocruisers were sold to BOAC in 1954. This one was renamed Clio and became G-ANUC. Date: 1955

Background image1955 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 image1955 Collection: Ford Thunderbird 1955 Blue & white

Ford Thunderbird 1955 Blue & white

Background image1955 Collection: Her Majestys Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne (21)

Her Majestys Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne (21) shown with its complement of Douglas A-4G Skyhawks of 805 Squadron RAN ranged for entering port

Background image1955 Collection: Land Rover Series 1

Land Rover Series 1

Background image1955 Collection: Duke and Duchess of Windsor with their pugs

Duke and Duchess of Windsor with their pugs
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII and Mrs Wallis Simpson) shown with their beloved pug dogs. The dogs are wearing rather stylish coats

Background image1955 Collection: WORLD SERIES, 1955. Left fielder Sandy Amoros of the Brooklyn Dodgers catches a deep fly ball hit

WORLD SERIES, 1955. Left fielder Sandy Amoros of the Brooklyn Dodgers catches a deep fly ball hit by Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees in the sixth inning of the seventh

Background image1955 Collection: THE HONEYMOONERS, c1955. Left to right: Cast members Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney

THE HONEYMOONERS, c1955. Left to right: Cast members Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney, and Joyce Randolph in a publicity photograph for the television series The Honeymooners, c1955

Background image1955 Collection: Kayser Bondor Nylons advertisement

Kayser Bondor Nylons advertisement
Elegant advert for Kayser Nylon stockings showing a woman raising a sumptuous cloak to reveal her shapely legs and the tops of her stockings

Background image1955 Collection: CITROEN ID. 19, 1957

CITROEN ID. 19, 1957
The classic Citroen DS car launched in 1955, at this time known as the Citroen ID.19

Background image1955 Collection: Silver Cross advertisement

Silver Cross advertisement
Advertisement for Silver Cross prams (or baby coaches), featuring an immaculately turned out young 1950s mother wearing an off the shoulder pink dress with pearls, heels and long yellow gloves

Background image1955 Collection: USA, White Flag

USA, White Flag
Jasper Johns (1930), White Flag, 1955

Background image1955 Collection: Firefighters in action, Eagle Street, London WC1

Firefighters in action, Eagle Street, London WC1
Firefighters in action at a fire in Eagle Street, London WC1, 0738 hrs, 9 June 1955. In the initial stages an attempt was made to take a line of hose into the first floor via a loading bay door

Background image1955 Collection: Vincent Black Shadow black 1955 1950s 50s fifties classic

Vincent Black Shadow black 1955 1950s 50s fifties classic
Vincent Black Shadow 1955 Black

Background image1955 Collection: Volkswagen VW Kombi

Volkswagen VW Kombi

Background image1955 Collection: Music Hall at the Metropolitan Theatre, London - Brochure

Music Hall at the Metropolitan Theatre, London - Brochure
Music Hall brochure for The Metropolitan Theatre - a West End music hall and theatre located at 267 Edgware Road, Paddington, London

Background image1955 Collection: Group of Seagift Whippets

Group of Seagift Whippets
A group of SEAGIFT whippets around a fountain. Owned by Whitwell

Background image1955 Collection: Anti-Mau Mau poster, caricature of a Mau Mau rebel, 1952

Anti-Mau Mau poster, caricature of a Mau Mau rebel, 1952 (c).Inscribed: ?THE MAU MAU WANT YOUR GUN! SEE THAT THEY DON?T GET IT

Background image1955 Collection: Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein in 1922

Background image1955 Collection: Soviet Spy Kim Philby holds a press conference after being cleared of spying by

Soviet Spy Kim Philby holds a press conference after being cleared of spying by the Foreign Office. October 1955 P009631

Background image1955 Collection: James Dean / Warner Bros

James Dean / Warner Bros
JAMES DEAN American film actor Date: 1931 - 1955

Background image1955 Collection: Tatler front cover, horse racing Ascot, 1955

Tatler front cover, horse racing Ascot, 1955
Front cover of The Tatler featuring an elegant couple spectating at the races. Date: 1955

Background image1955 Collection: American actor James Dean with Swiss actress Ursula Andress, 9 September 1955

American actor James Dean with Swiss actress Ursula Andress, 9 September 1955
DEAN & ANDRESS, 1955. American actor James Dean with Swiss actress Ursula Andress, 9 September 1955

Background image1955 Collection: The Tatler Autumn Fashion Number 1955

The Tatler Autumn Fashion Number 1955
A stunning, bold front cover design featuring a tall and elegant woman wearing a simple black strapless evening dress and a sumptuous lime green wrap with matching choker necklace

Background image1955 Collection: Iron Works / Corby / Photo

Iron Works / Corby / Photo
Smoke billowing out of the Iron Works, Corby, Northamptonshire

Background image1955 Collection: Edward Bawden hanging his painting of Waltham Cross

Edward Bawden hanging his painting of Waltham Cross
Edward Bawden (1903-1989), the first of a group of artists to settle in Great Bardfield, hanging his painting of Waltham Cross (just outside the village)

Background image1955 Collection: Fall / Sussex Spaniel / 1955

Fall / Sussex Spaniel / 1955
HORNSHILL DUKE Owned by Wigg. Head study. Date: 1955

Background image1955 Collection: Land Rover advertisement, 1955

Land Rover advertisement, 1955
Advertisement for the Land Rover, the British four-wheel drive, off-road, cross country vehicle. Date: 1955

Background image1955 Collection: Salvador Dali Portrait

Salvador Dali Portrait
Eric Coop took this photograph of the surrealist artist, Salvador Dali (1904-1989), sporting his famous antennae moustache

Background image1955 Collection: Four Hawker Hunter 1s of 54 Squadron aerobatic team

Four Hawker Hunter 1s of 54 Squadron aerobatic team rehearsing for their Farnborough display. September 1955. Date: 1955

Background image1955 Collection: Chevrolet Bel Air, 1955, Red, & white

Chevrolet Bel Air, 1955, Red, & white
Chevrolet Bel Air 1955 Red & white

Background image1955 Collection: Poster for Eastern National Express Coach Services

Poster for Eastern National Express Coach Services
Poster for Lander Eastern National Express Coach Services running between London and Clacton-on-Sea (pictured). 1955

Background image1955 Collection: Manchester Rooftops

Manchester Rooftops
Manchester skyline - an urban cityscape of rooftops and chimney stacks, the air grey with industrial smog

Background image1955 Collection: The Sketch Front Cover, Winter 1955

The Sketch Front Cover, Winter 1955
A colour illustration of the Winter Sports number of The Sketch, from 1955, showing a woman in her skiing clothes, with a majestic mountain range behind her

Background image1955 Collection: de Havilland DH. 112 Sea Venom F. A. W. 21 XA539

de Havilland DH. 112 Sea Venom F. A. W. 21 XA539
de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom F.A.W.21 XA539, flying with the Aero Flight from RAE Bedford. First flown on 21 May 1954, delivered on 03 June 1954

Background image1955 Collection: Mike Hawthorn in Vanwall, International Trophy Race at Silverstone 1955. Creator: Unknown

Mike Hawthorn in Vanwall, International Trophy Race at Silverstone 1955. Creator: Unknown
Mike Hawthorn in Vanwall, International Trophy Race at Silverstone 1955

Background image1955 Collection: Major Frank Bernard Halford CBE FRAeS (1894-1955)

Major Frank Bernard Halford CBE FRAeS (1894-1955)
Major Frank Bernard Halford, CBE, FRAeS, 1894-1955, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society 1951 to 1952, in front of the prototype de Havilland Comet airliner. Date: 1955

Background image1955 Collection: LCC-LFB Lambeth fire station with appliances

LCC-LFB Lambeth fire station with appliances
Lambeth fire station (Brigade Headquarters) with pump-escape, pump and 100 foot turntable ladder. The station had three other appliances: an emergency tender, breakdown lorry and canteen van

Background image1955 Collection: LCC-LFB AFS Green Goddess pump, Lambeth HQ

LCC-LFB AFS Green Goddess pump, Lambeth HQ
A typical AFS (government design) Green Goddess pump, at drill in the yard of Brigade Headquarters station, Lambeth. Created prior to the outbreak of WW2

Background image1955 Collection: Chevrolet Bel Air V8 Convertible

Chevrolet Bel Air V8 Convertible

Background image1955 Collection: A Lamb in a Worcestershire Wood

A Lamb in a Worcestershire Wood. Photograph by Norman Synge Waller Budd

Background image1955 Collection: Poster for the 13th Monaco Grand Prix

Poster for the 13th Monaco Grand Prix on 22nd May 1955

Background image1955 Collection: Albert Einstein 1921

Albert Einstein 1921
ALBERT EINSTEIN German physicist in 1921

Background image1955 Collection: Henley Regatta 1955

Henley Regatta 1955
The final of the Ladies Challenge Plate. The Queens College Cambridge eight defeat their opponents from Lady Margaret College, Cambridge

Background image1955 Collection: Borzoi / Winjoneslebedisra

Borzoi / Winjoneslebedisra
CHAMPION WINJONES LEBEDISRA Owned by Chadwick

Background image1955 Collection: Fleming / Photo / Microscope

Fleming / Photo / Microscope
SIR ALEXANDER FLEMING - Scottish bacteriologist at his desk with his microscope

Background image1955 Collection: The new R. A. F. Centrifuge 1955

The new R. A. F. Centrifuge 1955
Testing the effects of gravitational stresses experienced by pilots at high speeds: the new R.A.F. centrifuge at the Royal Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine at Farnborough, Hampshire



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"1955: A Year of Iconic Moments and Timeless Elegance" In 1955, the world witnessed a series of remarkable events that left an indelible mark on history. Queen Elizabeth II, the epitome of grace and poise, ascended to the throne as the sovereign of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. Her reign would go on to shape an era defined by elegance and tradition. Amidst this regal atmosphere, HMAS Melbourne made headlines with its daring head-on collision with another ship. The sheer audacity displayed by this Australian naval vessel captured global attention, showcasing bravery in the face of adversity. Meanwhile, across continents, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor captivated hearts not only with their royal status but also their affection for their pugs. Their love for these furry companions symbolized warmth amidst grandeur. On wheels, Ford Thunderbird's 1955 Blue & white model became a symbol of American automotive excellence. Its sleek design exuded sophistication while revolutionizing driving experiences for many enthusiasts around the world. Taking to skies was Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation of TWA soaring over New York City's skyline. This majestic aircraft represented progress and freedom as it carried passengers towards new horizons. Grounded yet adventurous was Land Rover Series 1 - a rugged vehicle that conquered terrains far beyond city limits. It embodied resilience while enabling exploration into uncharted territories. Sports brought nations together during World Series 1955 when Sandy Amoros' legendary catch stole victory from Yogi Berra's grasp at Yankee Stadium. This electrifying moment showcased athleticism at its finest and ignited passions among fans worldwide. Television screens were graced by "The Honeymooners, " where Jackie Gleason led a talented cast including Audrey Meadows, Art Carney, and Joyce Randolph in comedic brilliance that still resonates today. Fashion took center stage with Kayser Bondor Nylons advertisement, epitomizing the allure of femininity and elegance.