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"Step into a world of elegance and grandeur at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. The epitome affairs, this iconic venue has witnessed countless enchanting evenings

Background imageFormal Collection: Russia, Moscow, painting of Lenin in front of Kremlin

Russia, Moscow, painting of Lenin in front of Kremlin
Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky (1884-1939), Lenin (1870-1924) in front of the Kremlin, 1924

Background imageFormal Collection: J. R. R. Tolkien, 1911 (b / w photo)

J. R. R. Tolkien, 1911 (b / w photo)
876905 J.R.R. Tolkien, 1911 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien)

Background imageFormal Collection: Tower Ballroom, Blackpool

Tower Ballroom, Blackpool
The magnificent Tower Ballroom, at Blackpool : spectators in the balconies enjoy refreshments while the dance floor is crowded - all in formal evening dress

Background imageFormal Collection: Balliol College 1675

Balliol College 1675
A bird s-eye view of the college showing the chapel, dining hall, library, formal gardens and the Deans lodgings. One of 39 engravings made of Oxford Colleges by Loggan

Background imageFormal Collection: Sidney Sussex College

Sidney Sussex College
A bird s-eye view of the college showing the chapel, dining hall, library, the Deans lodgings & gardens, the kitchen & formal gardens. N.B ball game being played

Background imageFormal Collection: Lincoln College 1675

Lincoln College 1675
A bird s-eye view of the college showing the chapel, dining hall, library & the Deans lodgings & a formal garden. One of 39 engravings made of Oxford Colleges by Loggan

Background imageFormal Collection: Dance in the public ballroom of the Imperial Palace, Vienna. Watercolor by Wilhelm Gause, 1900

Dance in the public ballroom of the Imperial Palace, Vienna. Watercolor by Wilhelm Gause, 1900
COURT BALL AT THE HOFBURG. Dance in the public ballroom of the Imperial Palace, Vienna. Watercolor by Wilhelm Gause, 1900. Emperor Francis Joseph is on the far right

Background imageFormal Collection: Osborne House, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Osborne House, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageFormal Collection: Pembroke College 1675

Pembroke College 1675
A bird s-eye view of the college showing the chapel, dining hall, library, gardens & grounds & the bell tower. One of 39 engravings made of Oxford Colleges by Loggan

Background imageFormal Collection: First Parliamentary Labour (Socialist) Party gathered

First Parliamentary Labour (Socialist) Party gathered
The first Parliamentary Labour (Socialist) Party gathered on the terrace of the House of Commons, London, 1906. Ramsay Macdonald is seated third from the left, then Arthur Henderson and next to him

Background imageFormal Collection: Water fountain and statue in the garden before Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Water fountain and statue in the garden before Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageFormal Collection: Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink)

Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink)
985820 Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink) by Berger, Anthony (fl.1861-65); 10.1x6.1 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Abraham Lincoln)

Background imageFormal Collection: PRIDE & PREJUDICE, 1894. Elizabeth Bennet overhears Mr Darcy at the Ball

PRIDE & PREJUDICE, 1894. Elizabeth Bennet overhears Mr Darcy at the Ball. Illustration by Hugh Thomson from the 1894 edition of Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice, originally published in 1813

Background imageFormal Collection: Two Sikh Princes of the Punjab, 20th July 1918 (b / w photo)

Two Sikh Princes of the Punjab, 20th July 1918 (b / w photo)
PNP314563 Two Sikh Princes of the Punjab, 20th July 1918 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFormal Collection: Empress Theodora. Basilica of Saint Vitale. Italy

Empress Theodora. Basilica of Saint Vitale. Italy
Empress Theodora I (500-548) with a court of ladies. Mosaic. 6th century. Basilica of Saint Vitale. Ravenna. Italy

Background imageFormal Collection: Zebra-drawn trap of Lord Walter Rothschild

Zebra-drawn trap of Lord Walter Rothschild
Rothschild broke in and trained several zebras to pull a trap, which he memorably used to visit Buckingham Palace in 1898 Date: 1898

Background imageFormal Collection: King George V and Queen Mary Pictured in crown and coronation robes for the Delhi

King George V and Queen Mary Pictured in crown and coronation robes for the Delhi Durbar 1911

Background imageFormal Collection: Albanian King Zog I

Albanian King Zog I
The Albanian King Zog I (1895-1961) - previously Ahmed Zog - initially Prime Minister from 1923 to 1924, then President from January 1925 until 1928 (as depicted here) and on September 1st

Background imageFormal Collection: Osborne House home of Queen Victoria, Isle of Wight, England, UK, Europe

Osborne House home of Queen Victoria, Isle of Wight, England, UK, Europe

Background imageFormal Collection: AUSTEN: PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Elizabeth Bennet overhears Mr

AUSTEN: PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Elizabeth Bennet overhears Mr. Darcy at the Ball. Illustration by Hugh Thomson from an 1894 edition of Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice, first published in 1813

Background imageFormal Collection: Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England, UK, Europe

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England, UK, Europe

Background imageFormal Collection: Duke Wellington / Lawrence

Duke Wellington / Lawrence
DUKE OF WELLINGTON - formal portrait, aged circa 40

Background imageFormal Collection: DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974). American musician and composer. Photographed in 1934 by Maurice Seymour

DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974). American musician and composer. Photographed in 1934 by Maurice Seymour

Background imageFormal Collection: QUEENS COLLEGE 1690

QUEENS COLLEGE 1690
A bird s-eye view of the college showing the chapel, dining hall, library, the Deans lodgings & gardens, the kitchen & fellows formal gardens

Background imageFormal Collection: CHRISTs COLLEGE 1690

CHRISTs COLLEGE 1690
A bird s-eye view of the college showing the chapel, dining hall, library, the Deans lodgings & garden, the kitchen & an area for playing le jeu de paume (real tennis ?)

Background imageFormal Collection: Brasenose College 1675

Brasenose College 1675
A bird s-eye view of the college showing the chapel, dining hall, library, the Deans lodgings & the formal gardens. One of 39 engravings made of Oxford Colleges by Loggan

Background imageFormal Collection: Magdalen College 1675

Magdalen College 1675
A bird s-eye view of the college showing the chapel, dining hall, library, the Deans lodgings, the kitchen & garden. One of 39 engravings made of Oxford Colleges by Loggan

Background imageFormal Collection: A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)

A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)
985676 A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c.1921 (sepia photo) by Halberstadt, Max (1882-1940); 35.6x25.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFormal Collection: Portrait of baker Terentius Neo and his wife in formal clothes from Italy, Campania, Pompeii

Portrait of baker Terentius Neo and his wife in formal clothes from Italy, Campania, Pompeii, 55-79 A. D
Roman civilization, 1st century A.D. Portrait of baker Terentius Neo and his wife in formal clothes, 55-79 A.D. painting on plaster, 65x58 cm. From Pompei

Background imageFormal Collection: Dunrobin Castle and grounds

Dunrobin Castle and grounds, near Golspie, Scotland, UK, Europe

Background imageFormal Collection: Derby Water Polo Club

Derby Water Polo Club
DERBY WATER POLO CLUB Eight men in swimming costumes, six in formal suits and a cup in the centre of the photograph. Date: 1906

Background imageFormal Collection: In the Stalls at the Empire Theatre, 1894

In the Stalls at the Empire Theatre, 1894
Engraving showing three theatre-goers heading for their seats, in the stalls, at the Empire Theatre, 1894. All these people are depicted wearing formal, evening attire for their trip to the theatre

Background imageFormal Collection: Edwardian Walkers

Edwardian Walkers
WALKING Six young Edwardian men in shirtsleeves, two with walking canes, out for a walk in the countryside

Background imageFormal Collection: Le Parterre du Midi and fountain in front of the Chateau of Versailles

Le Parterre du Midi and fountain in front of the Chateau of Versailles, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ile de France, France, Europe

Background imageFormal Collection: Central / Union Pacific

Central / Union Pacific
Joining of the Central and Union Pacific; the formal ceremony of driving the last spike at Promontory Point, Utah

Background imageFormal Collection: England / Burton Agnes

England / Burton Agnes
BURTON AGNES HALL where the ghost of one of three sisters, killed by a robber, caused violent disturbance until her skull was brought into the house she loved

Background imageFormal Collection: Public event at Prideaux Place, Padstow, Cornwall. Possibly 1899

Public event at Prideaux Place, Padstow, Cornwall. Possibly 1899
Garden party or similar in grounds of Prideaux Place. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageFormal Collection: Advertising poster for the London to Vichy Pullman express train, 1927 (colour lithograph)

Advertising poster for the London to Vichy Pullman express train, 1927 (colour lithograph)
1198038 Advertising poster for the London to Vichy Pullman express train, 1927 (colour lithograph) by Chaurand-Naurac, Jean Raoul (1878-1948)

Background imageFormal Collection: RAF Belize - No. 1417 Flight RAF July 1990 formal

RAF Belize - No. 1417 Flight RAF July 1990 formal
RAF Belize - No.1417 Flight RAF, July 1990 formal photograph. Taken at Foxy-Golf hide on Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Ladyville, Belize

Background imageFormal Collection: Portrait of Queen Victoria, 1859 (oil on canvas) (detail of 192754)

Portrait of Queen Victoria, 1859 (oil on canvas) (detail of 192754)
STC425397 Portrait of Queen Victoria, 1859 (oil on canvas) (detail of 192754) by Winterhalter, Franz Xaver (1806-73) (after); Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Background imageFormal Collection: Cornelia Bradley Martin, as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Bradley-Martin Ball

Cornelia Bradley Martin, as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Bradley-Martin Ball
3077517 Cornelia Bradley Martin, as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Bradley-Martin Ball, 1897 (b/w photo) by American Photographer; Collection of the New-York Historical Society

Background imageFormal Collection: Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace - Christmas card

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace - Christmas card
Changing of the (Scots) Guards at Buckingham Palace - Christmas greetings card design by Harry Payne for Raphael Tuck & Sons. Date: circa 1908

Background imageFormal Collection: Oldway Mansion, Paignton, Devon

Oldway Mansion, Paignton, Devon, in the style of the Palace of Versailles. Showing part of the formal gardens. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageFormal Collection: Bass Drummer of the Northumberland Fusiliers

Bass Drummer of the Northumberland Fusiliers in his traditional ceremonial costume, featuring the whole skin of a leopard Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFormal Collection: Princess Elizabeth as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, 1942

Princess Elizabeth as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, 1942
Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Her first formal engagement was on her 16th birthday, inspecting the Grenadier Guards as Colonel of this regiment

Background imageFormal Collection: Nathaniel Charles Rothschild (1877-1923)

Nathaniel Charles Rothschild (1877-1923)
The younger brother of Tring Museum founder Walter Rothschild, Charles was a keen entomologist, discovering the plague vector flea, Xenopsylla cheopis, in Shendi, Sudan

Background imageFormal 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 imageFormal Collection: Color lithograph, 1845, by James Ackerman after George Catlin

Color lithograph, 1845, by James Ackerman after George Catlin
SIOUX LACROSSE PLAYERS. Color lithograph, 1845, by James Ackerman after George Catlin



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"Step into a world of elegance and grandeur at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. The epitome affairs, this iconic venue has witnessed countless enchanting evenings. " "Immerse yourself in history at Balliol College 1675, where the echoes of scholarly pursuits and intellectual conversations still resonate within its hallowed halls. " "Discover the timeless charm of Sidney Sussex College, a place where tradition meets academia in perfect harmony. Let its stunning architecture transport you to another era. " "Indulge in regal opulence at Osborne House, Isle of Wight. This majestic residence, nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, offers a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by Queen Victoria herself. " "Transport yourself back to 1675 as you explore Lincoln College's magnificent grounds. Every corner exudes an air of formality that harks back to a bygone era. " "Pembroke College 1675 invites you to step into its storied past and experience the grace and refinement that have defined this esteemed institution for centuries. " "Inspired by Jane Austen's classic tale PRIDE & PREJUDICE? Imagine Elizabeth Bennet's heart racing as she overhears Mr Darcy's whispered words during an unforgettable ballroom scene. " "Witness history unfold as the First Parliamentary Labour (Socialist) Party gathered – a pivotal moment that marked a significant shift in political ideologies towards social justice and equality. "Savor moments of tranquility amid exquisite beauty with water fountains and statues adorning Blenheim Palace's garden before exploring its splendid interiors – an embodiment splendor. "At Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, immerse yourself in Queen Victoria’s world through her personal sanctuary. Experience firsthand how formality intertwined with royal life during her reign. " "Gaze upon Sigmund Freud himself captured in sepia tones - his penetrating gaze hinting at profound thoughts hidden beneath his formal demeanor - reminding us why he remains an icon of psychology.