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Unyielding determination and unwavering courage - the essence of every attempt, etched in history

Background imageAttempt Collection: Military Badge

Military Badge
Ulster impressions.Photolithograph after Joan Wanklyn, 1976.Published by Headquarters Northern Ireland, 1976.Shows 18 vignettes of the British Army on operations in Northern Ireland

Background imageAttempt Collection: Mallory and Irvine at the Second Step, Everest, 1924

Mallory and Irvine at the Second Step, Everest, 1924
Illustration showing an artists impression of George Leigh Mallory (top) and Andrew Irvine climbing up the Second Step on Everest, 1924

Background imageAttempt Collection: Edmund Hillary & Tensing

Edmund Hillary & Tensing
Sir Edmund Hillary with Tenzing Norgay after their successful attempt to scale Mount Everest in Nepal on 29th May 1953. The legendary mountaineer died in January 2008

Background imageAttempt Collection: Don Bradman square cuts at Lords, 1930

Don Bradman square cuts at Lords, 1930
Photograph of Don Bradman square cutting during the second Test Match between England and Australia, held at Lords Cricket Ground, London, 1930

Background imageAttempt Collection: Court room scene, Mr M Naughten trial

Court room scene, Mr M Naughten trial
A sketch taken of the courtroom at Old Bailey where the trial of Mr M Naughten took place, for the assassination Mr Edward Drummond, secretary to Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel

Background imageAttempt Collection: Amy Johnson Says Goodbye

Amy Johnson Says Goodbye
Amy Johnson (Mrs Mollison) leaves Lympne in Hearts Content on her record attempt to South America. Here she kisses her husband goodbye. Date: 6 February 1933

Background imageAttempt Collection: Blackburn Kangaroo, G-EAOW, has arrived at Hounslow Aer?

Blackburn Kangaroo, G-EAOW, has arrived at Hounslow Aer?
Blackburn Kangaroo, G-EAOW, has arrived at Hounslow Aerodrome ready for the attempt on the 10, 000 prize for the flight to Australia

Background imageAttempt Collection: Bluebird on Lake Eyre, Australia, 1964

Bluebird on Lake Eyre, Australia, 1964
Illustration showing Donald Campbell (1921-1967) driving Bluebird across Lake Eyre, Southern Australia, during his successful attempt on the world land speed record in July 1964

Background imageAttempt Collection: The End of Sir John Franklins Arctic Expedition, 1845

The End of Sir John Franklins Arctic Expedition, 1845
Engraving showing the end of Sir John Franklins ill-fated Arctic expedition of 1845, entitled They Forged the last link with their lives. This engraving was taken from a painting by W

Background imageAttempt Collection: George Leigh Mallory (1886-1924)

George Leigh Mallory (1886-1924)
Photographic portrait of George Leigh Mallory, the British climber who took part in three expeditions to Everest in the 1920 s, pictured in 1924

Background imageAttempt Collection: Battle of Leipzig

Battle of Leipzig
BATTLE OF LEIPZIG - a delightful popular print of the decisive battle which ended Napoleons attempt to subdue Germany and forced him to retire across the Rhine

Background imageAttempt Collection: Rasputin in Hospital

Rasputin in Hospital
GRIGORI RASPUTIN Russian priest and intriguer in hospital after Khina Gussevas attempt on his life

Background imageAttempt Collection: Grit by Wilmot Lunt

Grit by Wilmot Lunt
A young caddy takes a rest while a golfer tenaciously (and with increasing fury) attempts to get the ball out of a sandy bunker. Date: 1927

Background imageAttempt Collection: Nungessers Attempt - 1

Nungessers Attempt - 1
French WW1 air ace Charles Nungesser, with colleague Coli, before their attempt to fly the Atlantic in the Oiseau Blanc ( White Bird ) : they vanish, either at sea or in Maine

Background imageAttempt Collection: Shackletons Sled-Car

Shackletons Sled-Car
In his attempt on the South Pole, Shackleton plans to use this specially designed automobile, rather then dogs, to haul his supplies

Background imageAttempt Collection: WW1 - German anti-British propaganda postcard

WW1 - German anti-British propaganda postcard - Caught and Trapped - a duplicitous British Army Officer is captured by the forces of the Central Powers trying to smuggle a machine gun to his men

Background imageAttempt Collection: Sir Malcolm and Lady Dorothy Evelyn Campbell, Pendine Sands

Sir Malcolm and Lady Dorothy Evelyn Campbell, Pendine Sands
Photograph showing Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885-1948) and Lady Dorothy Evelyn Campbell (nee Whittall) after a successful world land speed record attempt on Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, 1925

Background imageAttempt Collection: The Harley-Scope Mine-Detector by William Heath Robinson

The Harley-Scope Mine-Detector by William Heath Robinson
A crackpot invention dreamed up Heath Robinson, allowing a British machine to suspend a stethoscope wearing doctor over the ground, in an attempt to locate the snug dug outs of the German enemy

Background imageAttempt Collection: Butler Advises Wooster

Butler Advises Wooster
It might be judicious, said Jeeves, " if you were to attempt to persuade his lordship that the spirit in which you embraced Miss Stoker was a purely brotherly one."

Background imageAttempt Collection: Margery Crandon 7

Margery Crandon 7
Spirit photo of controversial American medium Margery, with alleged spirit faces. Few today would attempt a defence of Margery - writes investigator J Gordon Melton

Background imageAttempt Collection: Polish revolt against Russian domination

Polish revolt against Russian domination
During the November Uprising, also known as the Cadet Revolution (1830-1831), Polish patriots attempt (unsuccessfully) to throw off Russian domination

Background imageAttempt Collection: Building Panama canal, Railway Station, Lance

Building Panama canal, Railway Station, Lance
Vintage 19th century photograph: Vintage 19th century photograph: Image relates to the first French led attempt to build the Panama canal in the 1880s under the supervision of Ferdinand de Lesseps

Background imageAttempt Collection: General Gouraud escapes an assassination attempt on route from Damascas to Kunaitra, 1921

General Gouraud escapes an assassination attempt on route from Damascas to Kunaitra, 1921. General Henri-Joseph-Eugene Gouraud (1867-1946), French High Commissioner of Syria

Background imageAttempt Collection: The death of Jules Cesar Jules Cesar (Giulio Cesare or Julius Caesar

The death of Jules Cesar Jules Cesar (Giulio Cesare or Julius Caesar
JLJ4591916 The death of Jules Cesar Jules Cesar (Giulio Cesare or Julius Caesar, 100-44 BC) is stabbed (by Brutus among others probably below holding the dagger)

Background imageAttempt Collection: Wreckage of Hawker and Grieves Sopwith Atlantic used in their attempt to cross the Atlantic

Wreckage of Hawker and Grieves Sopwith Atlantic used in their attempt to cross the Atlantic (b / w photo)
3094455 Wreckage of Hawker and Grieves Sopwith Atlantic used in their attempt to cross the Atlantic (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageAttempt Collection: Captain Matthew Webb, the Celebrated Swimmer (engraving)

Captain Matthew Webb, the Celebrated Swimmer (engraving)
1107120 Captain Matthew Webb, the Celebrated Swimmer (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Captain Matthew Webb, the Celebrated Swimmer)

Background imageAttempt Collection: Siege of a town led by Godefroy de Bouillon (c1060-1100) 1st Crusade (1095-1099)

Siege of a town led by Godefroy de Bouillon (c1060-1100) 1st Crusade (1095-1099), showing Saracens firing arrows at Crusaders as they attempt to scale the walls

Background imageAttempt Collection: The Allies meet at the closing of the Falaise Pocket, Fran

The Allies meet at the closing of the Falaise Pocket, Fran
Photograph showing the meeting between American troops (on right with jeep) and Canadian troops (on left with half-track) to mark the closing of the Falaise Pocket on the road between Falaise

Background imageAttempt Collection: The Nimrod Antarctic Expedition at the furthest point South

The Nimrod Antarctic Expedition at the furthest point South
Photograph showing Lt. Adams, Frank Wild and Lt. Ernest Shackleton (left to right) standing beside a British flag at the furthest point South that they reached, 9th January 1909

Background imageAttempt Collection: Soviet ships attempt to land in Estonia

Soviet ships attempt to land in Estonia
German tanks thwart the Russians landing attempt in Estonia

Background imageAttempt Collection: Buildings / Seven Wonders

Buildings / Seven Wonders
Built by the Greeks, almost entirely in marble, in Ephesus, now part of Turkey. Destroyed by Herostratus in 356 BC in an attempt to immortalise his name

Background imageAttempt Collection: RAF Lancasters over Berlin; Second World War, 1943

RAF Lancasters over Berlin; Second World War, 1943
Illustration showing Royal Air Force Lancaster heavy bombers heading towards their target of Berlin, during the Autumn of 1943

Background imageAttempt Collection: D urville / Astrolabe

D urville / Astrolabe
The corvette Astrolabe caught among icebergs in the Antarctic. Dumont D Urville and his crew attempt to release her - which they do

Background imageAttempt Collection: Rebellion in Crete

Rebellion in Crete
The Cretans have another go at getting rid of their Turkish rulers : Turkish forces advance against the insurgents at Fort Paleocastro : this attempt fails like the others

Background imageAttempt Collection: The steam-ship Roosevelt departing for the Arctic, 1908

The steam-ship Roosevelt departing for the Arctic, 1908
Photograph of the steam-ship Roosevelt departing for the Arctic at the beginning of Robert E. Pearys 1908-1909 North Pole Expedition

Background imageAttempt Collection: Webb in Mid-Channel

Webb in Mid-Channel
Captain Webb nears the French coast in the first successful attempt to swim the English Channel

Background imageAttempt Collection: Ballet / Ally Sloper 1890

Ballet / Ally Sloper 1890
Ally Sloper dances before the County Council in an attempt to demonstrate the value of the performing arts

Background imageAttempt Collection: Woollen Swimwear 1940

Woollen Swimwear 1940
A radiant young lady poses against a dramatic sky in her stylish two-piece woollen bathing costume in which she would be advised to continuing posing rather than attempt swimming

Background imageAttempt Collection: Comic postcard, Woman in expensive underwear chats to cleaning lady Date

Comic postcard, Woman in expensive underwear chats to cleaning lady Date: 20th century

Background imageAttempt Collection: Hindu attempting to get themselves crushed under the wheels of the car of Jagannath (Juggernaut)

Hindu attempting to get themselves crushed under the wheels of the car of Jagannath (Juggernaut)
5996579 Hindu attempting to get themselves crushed under the wheels of the car of Jagannath (Juggernaut) in the belief they will go to paradise, Puri, India (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageAttempt Collection: Unity Mitford arrives in Folkestone from Germany. Wrapped in blankets on the quatside

Unity Mitford arrives in Folkestone from Germany. Wrapped in blankets on the quatside, Unity was said to be injured, with a shot to the head. 3rd January 1940

Background imageAttempt Collection: Donald Campbell Death, 4th January 1967. Donald Campbells E Type Jaguar

Donald Campbell Death, 4th January 1967. Donald Campbells E Type Jaguar. GLM 37C. Owner will not be returning

Background imageAttempt Collection: Battle of Ridgeway, Ontario (Canada West) 2 June 1866. Rout of Canadian troops by an irregular

Battle of Ridgeway, Ontario (Canada West) 2 June 1866. Rout of Canadian troops by an irregular Irish-American army
528083 Battle of Ridgeway, Ontario (Canada West) 2 June 1866. Rout of Canadian troops by an irregular Irish-American army, the Fenians, left

Background imageAttempt Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): April 4, 1894, an anarchist attack at the restaurant 'Foyot'

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): April 4, 1894, an anarchist attack at the restaurant "Foyot"
LUX4801134 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): April 4, 1894, an anarchist attack at the restaurant "Foyot", Laurent Tailhade is injured - commerce

Background imageAttempt Collection: Panama Canal: Scene during the de Lesseps attempt to dig the canal

Panama Canal: Scene during the de Lesseps attempt to dig the canal, showing West Indian labourers purchasing
529968 Panama Canal: Scene during the de Lesseps attempt to dig the canal, showing West Indian labourers purchasing refreshment. Wood engraving 1888.; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageAttempt Collection: Quote Failure

Quote Failure
Orara Studio

Background imageAttempt Collection: Panama Canal: Paying West Indian labourers on their arrival at Tabemilla during the de Lesseps

Panama Canal: Paying West Indian labourers on their arrival at Tabemilla during the de Lesseps attempt to dig
529967 Panama Canal: Paying West Indian labourers on their arrival at Tabemilla during the de Lesseps attempt to dig the Panama Canal. Wood engraving 1888.; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageAttempt Collection: An attack in the India - Cover of 'The Eye of the Police', 1913 (engraving)

An attack in the India - Cover of "The Eye of the Police", 1913 (engraving)
ICA4950423 An attack in the India - Cover of "The Eye of the Police", 1913 (engraving); Private Collection; Photo © Caricadoc



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Unyielding determination and unwavering courage - the essence of every attempt, etched in history. From military badges to mountaintops, from cricket pitches to courtrooms, these moments define our human spirit. Mallory and Irvine's audacious endeavor at the Second Step of Everest in 1924 reminds us that even amidst adversity, we strive for greatness. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquering the world's highest peak exemplify the triumph of perseverance. Don Bradman's square cuts at Lords echo his relentless pursuit of excellence on the cricket field. In a courtroom scene during Mr M Naughten's trial, justice hangs in balance as society seeks truth and fairness. George Leigh Mallory's indomitable spirit lives on through his daring expeditions into uncharted territories. Amy Johnson bids farewell with a heavy heart as she embarks on her solo flight across vast skies. The Blackburn Kangaroo landing at Hounslow Aerodrome signifies yet another milestone in aviation history, pushing boundaries beyond imagination. The end of Sir John Franklin's Arctic Expedition serves as a poignant reminder that sometimes attempts come with sacrifices but leave an everlasting impact. The Battle of Leipzig stands tall as a testament to collective bravery against insurmountable odds. Rasputin lying helpless in a hospital bed exposes vulnerability even within those seemingly invincible. Through it all runs an undercurrent - grit personified by Wilmot Lunt’s masterpiece 'Grit', and is this very quality that fuels our attempts; propelling us forward when others would falter. Attempts may not always yield success, but they embody resilience and tenacity - qualities that shape our shared human experience.