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Bowler Collection

"Bowler: A Timeless Symbol of Entertainment and Skill" From the iconic slapstick comedy of Charlie Chaplin to the fierce bowling prowess of Harold Larwood

Background imageBowler Collection: Comic postcard, Outside the builders merchants

Comic postcard, Outside the builders merchants - man with bucket and toilet seat Date: 20th century

Background imageBowler Collection: Harold Larwood Bowling, 1933

Harold Larwood Bowling, 1933
Photograph of the English bowler, Harold Larwood, in action during the MCC tour of Australia, 1933. During that tour, D.R

Background imageBowler Collection: An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson

An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson
An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). From The Wonder Book of Aircraft for Boys and Girls, edited by Harry Golding. [Ward. Lock & Co. Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1919]

Background imageBowler Collection: Captain Berrys dachshunds in the park

Captain Berrys dachshunds in the park
A large number of dachshunds, one of them a rough coated specimen, are taken for a walk in the park. They belong to a Captain Berry of Queens Gate Terrace, South Kensington, London

Background imageBowler Collection: Blakeworth enjoys a drink on the Thunderbolt

Blakeworth enjoys a drink on the Thunderbolt
Naunton Wayne Stanley Holloway and Gabrielle Brune in The Titfield Thunderbolt

Background imageBowler Collection: Group photo, Millwall Athletic football team

Group photo, Millwall Athletic football team
Millwall Athletic football team for the 1895-1896 season, including Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Trainer, as well as the players themselves. circa 1895

Background imageBowler Collection: CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977). Charles Spencer Chaplin. English film actor and comedian

CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977). Charles Spencer Chaplin. English film actor and comedian. Photograph, early 20th century

Background imageBowler Collection: Get your Hair Cut

Get your Hair Cut
GET YOUR HAIR CUT A barber in his shop doorway and a group of people, including two jeering, pointing boys, ridicule a young mans long hair !

Background imageBowler Collection: Richard Arthur (Dicky Nine Lives), Edwyn Vincent (1858-1919)

Richard Arthur (Dicky Nine Lives), Edwyn Vincent (1858-1919)
Oil on canvas, English School, 1887. Primitive style full length portrait of man in mining clothes with Pednandrea Mine in the background of the painting

Background imageBowler Collection: Prince Philip, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (1921-). Date: circa 1948

Background imageBowler Collection: RIIS: BANDITS ROOST, 1887. An alley at 59 Mulberry Street in New York City

RIIS: BANDITS ROOST, 1887. An alley at 59 Mulberry Street in New York City. Photographed by Jacob Riis, c1887

Background imageBowler Collection: Gentleman with shire horse, Mid Wales

Gentleman with shire horse, Mid Wales
A gentleman holding the reins of a shire horse in front of a house, probably somewhere in Mid Wales. A little girl watches from a distance

Background imageBowler Collection: England v West Indies Fifth Test match at the Oval. England batsman Hugh Morris

England v West Indies Fifth Test match at the Oval. England batsman Hugh Morris narrowly avoids a bouncer from West Indies bowler Curtly Ambrose. August 1991

Background imageBowler Collection: DREADNOUGHT HOAX

DREADNOUGHT HOAX
VIRGINIA WOOLF as a young woman, with Duncan Grant, Adrian Stephen, Anthony Buxton, Guy Ridley and Horace Cole as " The Emperor of Abyssinia and His Suite"

Background imageBowler Collection: Crickhowell rugby team, Crickhowell, Powys, Mid Wales

Crickhowell rugby team, Crickhowell, Powys, Mid Wales
A group photo of the Crickhowell Rugby Football team, with a few of the club supporters, in Crickhowell, Powys, Mid Wales

Background imageBowler Collection: The Cawston Ostrich Farm - South Pasadena, California

The Cawston Ostrich Farm - South Pasadena, California, USA. A large ostrich pulls a wheeled cart, containing an enthusiastic lady passenger! The boss of the farm in bowler hat stands proudly behind

Background imageBowler Collection: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin
The movie legend Charlie Chaplin in classic pose

Background imageBowler Collection: Boys Band, Hull Sailors Orphanage

Boys Band, Hull Sailors Orphanage
Boys naval band at the Hull Sailors Orphanage, also known as Newland Homes. The Homes, a cottage homes development, were established in 1895 by a charity originally called The Port of Hull Society

Background imageBowler Collection: Cricket Field, Campbell College, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Cricket Field, Campbell College, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Date: 1904

Background imageBowler Collection: Surrey v Sussex, County Championship 1933, at the, Kennington Oval, in a 3-day

Surrey v Sussex, County Championship 1933, at the, Kennington Oval, in a 3-day
Surrey v Sussex, County Championship 1933, at the Kennington Oval, in a 3-day County championship match. James Langridge ( Sussex ) bowling. 1 June 1933

Background imageBowler Collection: Two young men sorting through a pile of scrap metal

Two young men sorting through a pile of scrap metal
Two young men, one in a top hat, the other in a bowler hat, sorting through a rather unpromising pile of scrap metal in a junk yard

Background imageBowler Collection: Picture No. 11982394

Picture No. 11982394
Alaskan Malamute Dog - puppy wearing gloden bowler hat with red Christmas bauble Digital manipulation Date:

Background imageBowler Collection: Returning home

Returning home

Background imageBowler Collection: CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977). Charles Spencer Chaplin. English film actor and comedian

CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977). Charles Spencer Chaplin. English film actor and comedian. Photograph, early 20th century

Background imageBowler Collection: Shire horses and cart on Marazion beach, Cornwall

Shire horses and cart on Marazion beach, Cornwall
Two white shire horses pulling a cart along Marazion beach in Cornwall, with St Michaels Mount in the background

Background imageBowler Collection: Shire horses and dray at Lands End, Cornwall

Shire horses and dray at Lands End, Cornwall
Shire horses and a dray at Lands End, Cornwall

Background imageBowler Collection: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin
Pioneer film comedian Charlie Chaplin

Background imageBowler Collection: Shire horse drawn dray

Shire horse drawn dray
Shire horse drawn brewery dray passes through a village, delivering beer to The Lamb and Flag pub. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageBowler Collection: James Gordon Bennett Jr

James Gordon Bennett Jr
JAMES GORDON BENNETT (JUNIOR) American editor : established New York Evening Telegram, sent Stanley to find Livingstone and financed various other expeditions

Background imageBowler Collection: The 1934 Test Match at Lords: Verity wins the game

The 1934 Test Match at Lords: Verity wins the game
Verity winning the match for England, sending down a ball to Woodfall, the Australian captain. On the third day of the second test match

Background imageBowler Collection: Teddy Bear (with hidden objects)

Teddy Bear (with hidden objects)

Background imageBowler Collection: Ale Cures the Flu

Ale Cures the Flu
Two men, one in a flat cap, the other in a bowler hat, drinking glasses of ale, while looking at the punning pub sign: Try Our Old Ale: knocks the L out of FLU

Background imageBowler Collection: Hirst / Cricketer

Hirst / Cricketer
George Hirst, Yorkshire cricketer (1871-1954) Date: 1903

Background imageBowler Collection: Ticket barrier at Paddington Station, London, c. 1940

Ticket barrier at Paddington Station, London, c. 1940
An image showing passenger tickets being checked at Paddington Station, London, c.1940. A ticket inspector is checking the ticket of a city gentleman wearing a bowler hat

Background imageBowler Collection: Picture No. 10984235

Picture No. 10984235
Cat - fat cat with bowler hat bow tie & cigar outside the Bank of England - London - UK Digital Manipulation Date:

Background imageBowler Collection: South America, Peru, Cusco. Quechua people standing in front of an Inca wall, holding

South America, Peru, Cusco. Quechua people standing in front of an Inca wall, holding a lamb and a llama and wearing traditional clothing including a bowler hat, liclla

Background imageBowler Collection: Cricket at Gads Hill Place, Rochester, c1868

Cricket at Gads Hill Place, Rochester, c1868. Charles Dickens Bowling the first ball at a charity match at the back of Gads Hill Place near Rochester, September 16th 1868. From The Studio Volume 108

Background imageBowler Collection: Advertisement for Charles Baker & Co.s Store

Advertisement for Charles Baker & Co.s Stores Ltd. - Gentlemen & Boys high-class clothing & outfitting - " Opened to keep pace with the Civil Service Stores" circa 1890s

Background imageBowler Collection: TITANIC: SURVIVOR, 1912. Sidney Stuart Collett, a survivor of RMS Titanic

TITANIC: SURVIVOR, 1912. Sidney Stuart Collett, a survivor of RMS Titanic. Photographed 19 April 1912

Background imageBowler Collection: A group of three transvestites

A group of three transvestites
Three transvestite ladies in suits and smart hats stand arm-in-arm

Background imageBowler Collection: A hunt meet outside the Commercial Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s

A hunt meet outside the Commercial Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A hunt, probably the Four Burrow, gathering outside the Commercial Hotel, with the shop front of Jewell, Saddler and Harness Maker, with P. Buckthought above the window, next to the hotel

Background imageBowler Collection: Gentleman bowling at a skittles alley in a German Beer Hall

Gentleman bowling at a skittles alley in a German Beer Hall Date: circa 1905

Background imageBowler Collection: Falcon stagecoach at Wadebridge, Cornwall

Falcon stagecoach at Wadebridge, Cornwall
Falcon stagecoach with passengers, and crew in historical costume, on the road at Wadebridge, Cornwall. Date: circa 1980

Background imageBowler Collection: Yorkshire Rugby County Football Team, 1894-95

Yorkshire Rugby County Football Team, 1894-95: Hirst (Hon Sec), Donaldson, Barraclough, Nowell, Riley, Walton, Millar (President), Broadley, Arnold, Toothill (Captain), Jackson, Dobson, Firth, Riley

Background imageBowler Collection: STEAM TRICYCLE, 1888. Inventor Lucius D. Copeland demonstrating his steam tricycle

STEAM TRICYCLE, 1888. Inventor Lucius D. Copeland demonstrating his steam tricycle, known as the Phaeton Moto-Cycle, outside the north entrance of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C

Background imageBowler Collection: DOG. Hungarian Vizsla puppy wearing a gold bowler hat

DOG. Hungarian Vizsla puppy wearing a gold bowler hat Date: 18-03-2019

Background imageBowler Collection: William Gilbert Grace, 1888 (b / w photo)

William Gilbert Grace, 1888 (b / w photo)
696648 William Gilbert Grace, 1888 (b/w photo) by Barraud, Herbert Rose (1845-c.1896); Private Collection; (add.info.: William Gilbert " W.G." Grace (1848-1915)

Background imageBowler Collection: County Cricket Match in 1939 - a wicket for Gover of Surrey

County Cricket Match in 1939 - a wicket for Gover of Surrey
County Cricket Match at the Oval in 1939 - a wicket has just fallen, caught behind. The bowler appears to be the Surrey player Alf Gover. Date: 1939



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"Bowler: A Timeless Symbol of Entertainment and Skill" From the iconic slapstick comedy of Charlie Chaplin to the fierce bowling prowess of Harold Larwood, the bowler hat has left an indelible mark on history. First popularized by Charles Spencer Chaplin, this English film actor and comedian donned the bowler hat in many of his memorable performances. With his signature mustache and expressive eyes, Chaplin's comedic genius was perfectly complemented by this timeless accessory. In 1933, another notable figure made headlines with his bowling skills. Harold Larwood, known for his fast-paced deliveries during England's infamous Bodyline series against Australia, showcased his mastery over cricket's most challenging art form. His precise line and length sent shivers down the spines of batsmen worldwide. But it wasn't just famous individuals who embraced the charm of a bowler hat. In a candid moment captured on camera, Captain Berry's dachshunds frolicked in a park wearing miniature versions of this classic headgear. The image exuded both elegance and playfulness. Meanwhile, members of Millwall Athletic football team posed proudly in a group photo sporting their beloved bowlers - a testament to their unity as they battled it out on the pitch. Away from sports fields and stages, everyday people found joy in wearing these hats too. Blakeworth savored a refreshing drink aboard Thunderbolt while donning his trusty bowler - an embodiment of relaxation amidst life's hustle. The Kennington Oval witnessed intense battles between Surrey and Sussex during County Championship 1933 matches where skilled cricketers showcased their talents under scorching suns or cloudy skies – all while keeping their heads covered with stylish bowlers. Beyond fashion statements or athletic achievements, this versatile headpiece even found its way into barbershops across town with signs urging customers to "Get your Hair Cut. " It became synonymous with sophistication and a touch of class.