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"Unleashing Chaos: The Power of the Smash" From dramatic rail accidents to political upheavals, from sporting triumphs to moments of sheer destruction

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Labour Party election posters and television speakers
Labour Party election posters and speakers for Labours series of five short television programmes in the run-up to the General Election of 8th October 1959 (which the Conservatives won)

Background imageSmash Collection: Dramatic Rail Accident at Gare Montparnasse, France

Dramatic Rail Accident at Gare Montparnasse, France
At the Montparnasse terminus of the Chemin de Fer de l Ouest, the Granville train crashes through the buffers and into the street (Rue de Rennes)

Background imageSmash Collection: Wonders of the cinema organ by G. H. Davis

Wonders of the cinema organ by G. H. Davis
Noises played for films: wonders of the cinema organ. Thunder, shots and tom-toms controlled by an organist: a film-theatre organ that creates sound effects. Date: 1929

Background imageSmash Collection: Formula One World Championship: Graham Hill climbs from the wreckage of his Lotus 49B

Formula One World Championship: Graham Hill climbs from the wreckage of his Lotus 49B
Graham Hill (GBR) climbs from the wreckage of his Lotus 49B, his rear wing having collapsed on the ninth lap. The accident illustrated the worthiness of Armco barriers

Background imageSmash Collection: Wwi / British Tank / Cambrai

Wwi / British Tank / Cambrai
At Cambrai, British tanks smash through the Hindenburg Line, a success that the limited mobile reserves were unable to exploit

Background imageSmash Collection: Le Mans 24 Hour Race: The Scuderia Filipinetti Ford GT40 of Peter Sutcliffe

Le Mans 24 Hour Race: The Scuderia Filipinetti Ford GT40 of Peter Sutcliffe
The Scuderia Filipinetti Ford GT40 of Peter Sutcliffe (GBR) and Dieter Spoerry (SUI) is removed from the circuit after crashing out of the race. Le Mans 24 Hours Race, Le Sarthe, France, 19 June 1966

Background imageSmash Collection: Tennis-playing brunette beauty prepares to smash

Tennis-playing brunette beauty prepares to smash
Striking! A tennis-playing brunette beauty prepares to hit a net-side smash shot. It looks like game, set and match for her handsome male companion. Date: early 1940s

Background imageSmash Collection: George Lansbury Pamphlet, Smash Up the Workhouse

George Lansbury Pamphlet, Smash Up the Workhouse
The cover of George Lansburys 1909 pamphlet Smash Up the Workhouse. Lansbury (1859-1940) was a socialist politician and campaigner for social justice

Background imageSmash Collection: The Barter Theatre of Virginia, Abingdon, Virginia, USA

The Barter Theatre of Virginia, Abingdon, Virginia, USA. Date: circa 1949

Background imageSmash Collection: All went well till the wheels came off

All went well till the wheels came off. Cartoon strip from the Bonzo Annual, 1935 Date: 1935

Background imageSmash Collection: Leandre just smashed a guitar on Matamores head, illustration for '

Leandre just smashed a guitar on Matamores head, illustration for "
PCT4271572 Leandre just smashed a guitar on Matamores head, illustration for " Captain Fracass", 1863 (engraving) by Dore

Background imageSmash Collection: Tram Car Smash - Church Bank, Bradford, Yorkshire

Tram Car Smash - Church Bank, Bradford, Yorkshire, England. Date: 1907

Background imageSmash Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
This Ecurie Pan Am sports car met a sorry end on one of the Grand Prix support races. Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort, 24 May 1964.

Background imageSmash Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
The damaged guardrail and front end of the Ensign N176 of Jacky Ickx (BEL), which pitched into the guardrail on lap 15, ripping the car in two and caught fire

Background imageSmash Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
It took over half an hour to free Ian Ashley (GBR) from the wreckage of his Hesketh 308E that somersaulted and hit a television tower during practice

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Formula One World Championship
Rupert Keegan (GBR) is put into the circuit ambulance having crashed his Hesketh 308E (Right) into the back of the Surtees TS19 of Hans Binder (AUT) on lap 33. Keegan escaped with severe bruising

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Formula One World Championship
Hans-Joachim Stuck (GER) March 741 sits in the catch fencing approaching the Hunzerug hairpin after he crashed out on cold tyres on the opening lap of the race

Background imageSmash Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
It took over half an hour to free Ian Ashley (GBR) from the wreckage of his Hesketh 308E that somersaulted and hit a television tower (In picture) during practice

Background imageSmash Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
Nick Heidfeld (GER) Sauber is taken to safety after a huge accident with Takuma Sato (JPN) Jordan Honda. Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Austrian Grand Prix, A1-Ring, Austria. 12 May 2002

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Formula One World Championship
The McLaren Mercedes MP4/17D of David Coulthard (GBR) is recovered after he crashed in the stadium during practice. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany

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Formula One World Championship
Tom Pryce (GBR) Shadow DN8 suffered a tragic fatal accident on lap 23 when he hit the fire extinguisher of marshal Jansen van Vuuren at full speed on the main straight and was killed instantly

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Formula One World Championship
The damaged roll over hoop of the Footwork Hart FA16 of Taki Inoue (JPN) after he had become an unwitting crash victim when the Renault Safety Car driven by Jean Ragnotti (FRA)

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Holden Vs Ford
The Super Cheap Auto Racing Ford Falcon of Steve Ellery (AUS) is tended by the rescue crew after brake failure pitched him into the gravel trap and rolled him over in Race Three

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Formula One World Championship
The Ferrari 312B2 of Clay Regazzoni (SUI) catches fire after striking Carlos Pace (BRA) Team Williams Politoys March 711 exiting the Vialone chicane on lap 17. Regazzoni escaped unharmed

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Formula One World Championship
The remains of the Lotus 21 crashed by Innes Ireland (GBR) during practice that left Ireland with two broken legs. He did not start the race. Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, 14 May 1961

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Formula One World Championship
The Footwork Hart FA16 of Taki Inoue (JPN) after he had become an unwitting crash victim when the Renault Safety Car driven by Jean Ragnotti (FRA)

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Formula One World Championship
The shocking remains of the Hill GH1 of Rolf Stommelen (GER) sit on the wrong side of the Armco following his massive accident - triggered by a broken rear wing whilst leading the race on lap 26

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Formula One World Championship
Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill collide. British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 16th July 1995

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Formula One World Championship
The damaged Osella FA1 of Eddie Cheever (USA) sits in the catch fencing after he span out of the race on lap 9. South African Grand Prix, Rd 3, Kyalami, South Africa, 1 March 1980

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Formula One World Championship
Alexander Wurz (AUT) Benetton Playlife B198 has a big crash at the first corner rolling his car. Formula One World Championship, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, 7 June 1998.

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Formula One World Championship
Jacky Ickx (BEL) is stretchered into the waiting ambulance after he suffered a broken ankle and minor burns when his Ensign N176 crashed heavily on lap 15 and caught fire

Background imageSmash Collection: Illustration by Gustave Dore for the novel ' Le Capitaine Fracasse' by Theophile Gautier (1811-1872)

Illustration by Gustave Dore for the novel " Le Capitaine Fracasse" by Theophile Gautier (1811-1872)
PCT4277929 Illustration by Gustave Dore for the novel " Le Capitaine Fracasse" by Theophile Gautier (1811-1872)

Background imageSmash Collection: Vallombreuse kneels before Isabelle, whom he is in love. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating

Vallombreuse kneels before Isabelle, whom he is in love. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's
PCT4271507 Vallombreuse kneels before Isabelle, whom he is in love. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel " Le capitaine Fracasse", edition Charpentier 1863

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Formula One World Championship
Marshals push to the side of the circuit the Ensign N176 of Jacky Ickx (BEL), which crashed heavily on lap 15 and caught fire. Ickx escaped relatively lightly with a broken ankle and minor burns

Background imageSmash Collection: Baron de Sigognac. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel 'The Captain

Baron de Sigognac. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel "The Captain
PCT4265041 Baron de Sigognac. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel "The Captain Fracasse". Charpentier Edition 1863.; (add.info.: Baron de Sigognac)

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General Testing
Alex Lloyd (GBR) ADR spins after collecting Chris Holmes (GBR) who was having his first Formula Ford test. General Testing, Silverstone, England, 20 February 2004

Background imageSmash Collection: The brigand Agostin is attacked by a wolf, near the dead horse still reached in the cart abandons

The brigand Agostin is attacked by a wolf, near the dead horse still reached in the cart abandons comedians
PCT4271543 The brigand Agostin is attacked by a wolf, near the dead horse still reached in the cart abandons comedians, or hides the little Chiquita

Background imageSmash Collection: Serie ' Balli di sfessania' (also known as Curucucu or ' Les Dances', ' Les Pants')

Serie " Balli di sfessania" (also known as Curucucu or " Les Dances", " Les Pants")
JEB4891101 Serie " Balli di sfessania" (also known as Curucucu or " Les Dances", " Les Pants")

Background imageSmash Collection: The fall and defeat of Vallombreuse. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating the picaresque novel

The fall and defeat of Vallombreuse. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating the picaresque novel of cape
PCT4271492 The fall and defeat of Vallombreuse. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating the picaresque novel of cape and epee by Theophile Gautier " Le capitaine Fracasse"

Background imageSmash Collection: Baron de Sigognac. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel ' Le capitaine

Baron de Sigognac. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel " Le capitaine
PCT4271576 Baron de Sigognac. Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel " Le capitaine Fracasse", edition Charpentier 1863.; (add.info.: Baron de Sigognac)

Background imageSmash Collection: Show of charlatans: tooth snatcher, saltimbanks and musicians on the Pont-Neuf (Pont Neuf)

Show of charlatans: tooth snatcher, saltimbanks and musicians on the Pont-Neuf (Pont Neuf)
PCT4271523 Show of charlatans: tooth snatcher, saltimbanks and musicians on the Pont-Neuf (Pont Neuf) in Paris at the time of Louis XIII (17th century)

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Formula One World Championship
The Lotus 77 of Gunnar Nilsson (SWE) is removed from the circuit and onto a truck in the pit lane after he crashed out on lap 3 of his home GP

Background imageSmash Collection: Progress no. 1 (w/c on paper)

Progress no. 1 (w/c on paper)
STC174282 Progress no. 1 (w/c on paper) by Reynolds, Frank (1876-1953); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection

Background imageSmash Collection: Illustration by Gustave Dore for Theophile Gautier's novel ' Le Capitaine Fracasse' - Edition

Illustration by Gustave Dore for Theophile Gautier's novel " Le Capitaine Fracasse" - Edition Charpentier
PCT4277675 Illustration by Gustave Dore for Theophile Gautier's novel " Le Capitaine Fracasse" - Edition Charpentier 1883, practically identical to the first edition illustrated by G

Background imageSmash Collection: Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel 'The Captain Fracasse'

Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel "The Captain Fracasse"
PCT4271555 Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel "The Captain Fracasse". Charpentier Edition 1863

Background imageSmash Collection: Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel 'The Captain Fracasse'

Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel "The Captain Fracasse"
PCT4271541 Engraving by Gustave Dore illustrating Theophile Gautier's novel "The Captain Fracasse". Charpentier Edition 1863

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Formula One World Championship
The immediate aftermath of the multi-car accident at the start of the race: Ronnie Peterson (SWE) Lotus (Yellow overalls) lies in the track having been pulled from his shattered, burning, Lotus 78

Background imageSmash Collection: Le Mans 24 Hour Race

Le Mans 24 Hour Race
The Scuderia Filipinetti Ford GT40 of Peter Sutcliffe (GBR) and Dieter Spoerry (SUI) crashes out of the race. Le Mans 24 Hours Race, Le Sarthe, France, 19 June 1966



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"Unleashing Chaos: The Power of the Smash" From dramatic rail accidents to political upheavals, from sporting triumphs to moments of sheer destruction, the concept of a "smash" has captivated our attention throughout history, and is an embodiment of both catastrophe and victory, leaving us in awe of its raw power. In 1895, Gare Montparnasse in France witnessed a scene straight out of a nightmare as a train crashed through the station's façade. The deafening sound and shattered glass left onlookers stunned by the sheer force unleashed upon impact - a true smash that would forever be etched in their memories. Labour Party election posters and television speakers have also utilized this term to convey their message with intensity. They aim to shatter complacency and ignite passion within voters' hearts, urging them to embrace change and revolutionize society for the better. The Formula One World Championship has seen its fair share of smashes too. Graham Hill's miraculous escape from his Lotus 49B after his rear wing collapsed showcased not only his resilience but also highlighted the dangers these drivers face every time they step into their high-speed machines. Even during times of war, smashes have made their mark. In WWI at Cambrai, British tanks smashed through enemy lines, changing the course of battle with their unstoppable might. These mechanical beasts became symbols of hope amidst chaos - proof that even in darkness, there is always room for triumph. But it's not just about destruction; smashes can also be found on tennis courts where players unleash powerful shots with precision and finesse. A brunette beauty prepares herself for an epic smash – her determination evident as she readies herself to conquer her opponent with an explosive stroke that will leave spectators breathless. Beyond sports arenas or battlegrounds lies another kind - one aimed at societal structures themselves.