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"Format: A Tapestry of Timeless Art, Music, and Literature" In the intricate strokes of Albrecht Durer's "Praying Hands

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Praying Hands by Albrecht Durer
Praying hands by the German artist Albrecht Durer (1471 - 1528), circa 1500. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Praying hands, also known as Study of the Hands of an Apostle

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England Expects
Admiral Horatio Nelsons flagship HMS Victory being towed into Gibraltar and also shown moored at Portsmouth. Also shown are the semaphore flags with which Nelson signalled his fleet before the battle

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Shackletons Trans-Antarctic Expedition
ANTARCTICA - 1916: Members of an expedition team led by Irish explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton pull one of their lifeboats across the snow in the Antarctic, following the loss of the Endurance

Background imageFormat Collection: Franz Liszt at 30 Years of Age

Franz Liszt at 30 Years of Age
Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886) at the age of 30. Original Artwork: Reproduced from a daguerreotype, the first commercially successful photographic process

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Leonard Bernstein
American composer Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990), writer of symphonic music as well as Broadway shows. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images)

Background imageFormat Collection: Search And Destroy

Search And Destroy
The second wave of combat helicopters of the 1st Air Cavalry Division fly over an RTO and his commander on an isolated landing zone during Operation Pershing

Background imageFormat Collection: Biba Style

Biba Style
A woman trying on a minidress in one of Londons hippest boutiques, Biba. (Photo by Stephan C Archetti/Getty Images)

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Jane Austen
English novelist Jane Austen from an original family portrait. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Short Sunderland
circa 1940: A Royal Air Force flying boat sits on the water. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Ludwig Van Beethoven
German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827). Original Artwork: Portrait August von Kloeber (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

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Leonard Bernstein
Composer Leonard Bernstein conducting at Londons Royal Festival Hall. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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Mary Shelley
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797 - 1851), British writer best known for Frankenstein, and second wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Scott Joplin American pianist and composer
American pianist and composer Scott Joplin ((1868 - 1917). Exponent of ragtime. Received a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1976. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Poaching
Two poachers with a sack. At their feet their lurcher dogs and the corpses of several hares. Original Artwork: Artist - Henry Alken (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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A couple entering Gretna Green, the Scottish border town where eloping couples go to get married. The village was traditionally popular with eloping English couples because they could be married

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Mao Tse-tung
A portrait of Chairman Mao Tse-tung taken during the 1969 North Chinese Communist party Congress. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886), Hungarian composer at the piano. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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TS Eliot
Anglo-American poet TS Eliot (1888 - 1965). Naturalized British in 1927, Awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Gold Prospecting
Gold prospectors in Australia panning water and silt in search of small nuggets of the precious metal. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

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Penny Black Postage Stamp
The worlds first adhesive postage stamp, the penny black, originally worth one penny. The stamp was a runaway success when it went on sale in 1840

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Tam O Shanter fleeing on horseback from the hellish legion, an episode from a verse-narrative by Robert Burns. Original Artwork: Artist - Abraham Cooper RA (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Charlotte Bronte
circa 1840: English novelist Charlotte Bronte (1816 - 1855). Original Artwork: Portrait by Thompson. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

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Awful Changes
A cartoon, published in 1830, 28 years before Darwins Origin Of Species, lampooning theories of evolution. Entitled Awful Changes, it depicts an Ichthyosaurus giving a lecture on a human skull

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Portrait Of Beethoven
Portrait of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), after a painting by Christian Horneman, 1803. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Jazz Musicians
A group of musicians playing jazz music which derived from plantation work song hollers and chants, into the blues and Dixieland. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Pentonville Road, London, with St Pancras Station in the background. Original Artwork: Painting by John O Connor (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Skinny-Dippers
A British policewoman chasing after a group of naked street boys by the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images)

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White Horse Final
Mounted policemen control the crowds overflowing onto the pitch before the FA Cup Final between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium

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The First Fleet
Some of the First Fleet - eleven British Navy ships under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, which took 750 British convicts to Botany Bay

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SS Terra Nova
11th February 1913: A photgraph of the SS Terra Nova used by Captain Robert Falcon Scott on his ill-fated Antarctic expedtion to the South Pole, and signed by him

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Feathered Gown
A Norman Hartnell evening gown. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

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Igor Stravinsky
Russian-born American composer, conductor and pianist Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971) conducting at a recording session in London. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images)

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Graham Greene Pours Drink
English novelist, short-story writer, essayist and playwright Henry Graham Greene pouring out a drink. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7289 - A Third Man Or Real Life - pub

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T E Lawrence
British soldier, adventurer and author Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888 - 1935) the Uncrowned King Of The Arabs on the Governors Balcony in Jerusalem

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Trevithicks Railway
Richard Trevithicks London Railway and Locomotive at Euston Square, run as an entertainment before the potential of his new high pressure steam engine became fully realised

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Elizabeth Gaskell
English novelist and biographer of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, nee Stevenson, (1810 - 1865). Original Artwork: Drawing by George Richmond. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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QE2
The QE2 (Queen Elizabeth II) liner moored alongside Southamptons Ocean terminal. (Photo by Peter King/Getty Images)

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Gin Lane
This print was published as a pair with Beer Street and contrasted the health and productivity benefits of drinking beer with the vice of gin drinking

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Female Surgeons
American female doctors in an operating theatre being watched by students. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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Iris Murdoch
Anglo-Irish prize winning novelist, playwright and philosopher, Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999). (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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US Steel Works
The blast furnaces and rolling mills of the Homestead Steel Works, Pittsburgh. From a stereograph. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Royal Albert Bridge
The Royal Albert Bridge, designed by British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, over the River Tamar at Saltash, under construction. (Photo by Picture Post/Getty Images)

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Forth Bridge
The Forth Bridge which spans the Firth of Forth at Queensferry in Lothian and is over a mile long. The steel cantilever construction was designed by John Fowler

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Match Girls
Members of the Matchmakers Union who went on strike at the Bryant and Mays factory in London. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Battle Of Thermopylae
Persian archers kill the last of the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae, August 480 BC. 300 Spartans, under King Leonidas I

Background imageFormat Collection: Caernarvon Bridges

Caernarvon Bridges
The Menai Suspension Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford, and the Britannia Tubular Bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson, between mainland Wales and Anglesey. Original Artwork: Lithograph by Picken

Background imageFormat Collection: Giant Basket

Giant Basket
A woman carrying a large wicker basket through a street in Assisi. Picture Post - 5409 - Assisi - pub. 1951 (Photo by Thurston Hopkins/Getty Images)

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Standard Eight Cars
A row of Standard Cars waiting to be sent to retailers. A four door saloon costs ?481, does 50 miles to the gallon and is the cheapest car in Britain



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"Format: A Tapestry of Timeless Art, Music, and Literature" In the intricate strokes of Albrecht Durer's "Praying Hands, " we find the format through which faith transcends boundaries and connects souls. Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition showcased the indomitable human spirit in its purest format - a testament to resilience against nature's harshest challenges. Franz Liszt at 30 years old epitomizes the transformative power of music as it evolves with time, showcasing how melodies can be shaped into new formats that captivate generations. With "Search And Destroy, " punk rock pioneers The Stooges challenged traditional musical formats, igniting a rebellious fire that still burns today. Leonard Bernstein revolutionized classical music by breaking free from rigid formats, infusing his compositions with passion and innovation that resonates even now. Biba Style emerged as a fashion format during the swinging sixties, empowering women to embrace their individuality and challenge societal norms through clothing choices. Ludwig Van Beethoven defied conventional symphonic formats with his groundbreaking compositions, forever altering the course of classical music history. Mary Shelley's iconic novel "Frankenstein" shattered literary conventions by blending genres in an unprecedented format - giving birth to science fiction as we know it today. Jane Austen masterfully crafted her novels within strict social formats while subtly challenging gender roles and societal expectations - leaving an enduring legacy for readers worldwide. Scott Joplin's ragtime compositions brought joyous syncopation to America's ears, establishing him as one of history's greatest pianists and composers who reshaped musical formats forevermore. Female surgeons have broken barriers within medical institutions where gender biases once dictated professional formats. Their expertise saves lives while inspiring future generations to follow suit fearlessly. Iris Murdoch expanded philosophical discourse beyond traditional academic formats. Her thought-provoking works delved deep into morality and consciousness, challenging readers to question the very fabric of existence.