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"From Paint Charts to Busy Railway Platforms: A Glimpse into the World of Tasks" Exploring the vibrant hues on a vintage paint chart from 1908

Background imageTasks Collection: Paint Chart / 1908

Paint Chart / 1908
PAINT CHART

Background imageTasks Collection: Heath Robinson Bedroom 4 of 4

Heath Robinson Bedroom 4 of 4
Heath Robinson Does Away with Servants - Patent Applied for by " The Sketch" in the Bedroom. A bedroom, which is a typically Heath Robinson design, with a system of pulleys

Background imageTasks Collection: Cross-Section of House

Cross-Section of House
A cross-section of a family house showing members of the household about their various tasks in the kitchen, drawing room, nursery and schoolroom

Background imageTasks Collection: Woman Smoking 1940S

Woman Smoking 1940S
A young housewife exhales a stream of smoke as she takes a break from her household tasks. By the end of World War Two, nearly half of the women in Britain had a smoking habit

Background imageTasks Collection: Women Washing Dishes

Women Washing Dishes
Three young women (" Three Lions", perhaps in some way connected with womens services during World War Two) washing and drying dishes together in a large kitchen

Background imageTasks Collection: Construction of Blackfriars bridge, London

Construction of Blackfriars bridge, London
Builders involved in various tasks atop two huge arches under construction. One of the arches clearly shows the scaffolding required to form such a huge structure. Date: August 1764

Background imageTasks Collection: Flotow Martha Quartet

Flotow Martha Quartet
The delightful spinning quartet from Act Two, as the two posh ladies, disguised as country girls, reveal their inability to perform mundane household tasks

Background imageTasks Collection: Early Dishwasher

Early Dishwasher
An early machine for washing dishes

Background imageTasks Collection: Polishing a Floor

Polishing a Floor
A housewife uses her Johnsons Wax Electric Floor Polisher

Background imageTasks Collection: Gang System: teams of children were formed by contractor or ganger

Gang System: teams of children were formed by contractor or ganger and hired out to farmers as agricultural labour
533889 Gang System: teams of children were formed by contractor or ganger and hired out to farmers as agricultural labour, East Anglia

Background imageTasks Collection: Victorian couple discussing tasks to be divided, 1888

Victorian couple discussing tasks to be divided, 1888
3479873 Victorian couple discussing tasks to be divided, 1888; (add.info.: Illustration showing a Victorian couple discussing tasks to be divided in running a middle class English household)

Background imageTasks Collection: Four important alchemists (Geber, Arnau, Rhezes and Hermes) working on the tasks of alchemy

Four important alchemists (Geber, Arnau, Rhezes and Hermes) working on the tasks of alchemy, trituration
3600106 Four important alchemists (Geber, Arnau, Rhezes and Hermes) working on the tasks of alchemy, trituration, calcination and mixing

Background imageTasks Collection: Inmates of All Saints Workhouse, Hertford, England, grinding corn in Herbert's patent mill to

Inmates of All Saints Workhouse, Hertford, England, grinding corn in Herbert's patent mill to produce flour for use
527876 Inmates of All Saints Workhouse, Hertford, England, grinding corn in Herbert's patent mill to produce flour for use in the workhouse

Background imageTasks Collection: Convair F-106B-31-CO Delta Dart 57-2507

Convair F-106B-31-CO Delta Dart 57-2507
Convair NF-106B-31-CO Delta Dart 57-2507 (msn 8-27-01) at NASA Lewis Research Center, Lewis Field, Cleveland, OH. registered as NASA 607 Built April 1958

Background imageTasks Collection: WW2 - Busy Railway Platform

WW2 - Busy Railway Platform
A photograph of a busy British railway platform during WW2, figures including military personnel go about their tasks. Date: circa 1944

Background imageTasks Collection: An illustrated checklist of home maintenance tasks for the summer months. Date: 1954

An illustrated checklist of home maintenance tasks for the summer months. Date: 1954

Background imageTasks Collection: Cartoons showing the activities of a diligent wartime housewife

Cartoons showing the activities of a diligent wartime housewife, operating without the assistance of a maid. Date: 1943

Background imageTasks Collection: AN EARL IS BORN, 1382

AN EARL IS BORN, 1382
The birth of Richard Beauchamp (1382-1439), earl of Warwick, in the manor of Salwarp in the County of Worcester (England) - doctor and servants perform their various tasks Date: 28 January 1382

Background imageTasks Collection: Grob G-115E Tutor G-BYUC

Grob G-115E Tutor G-BYUC (msn 82088/E), operated by VT Aerospace Ltd. for the Royal Air Force University Air Squadrons and Air Experience tasks. Date: circa 2002

Background imageTasks Collection: Grob G-115E Tutor G-BYXP

Grob G-115E Tutor G-BYXP (msn 82173), operated by VT Aerospace Ltd. for the Royal Air Force University Air Squadrons and Air Experience tasks

Background imageTasks Collection: Grob G-115E Tutor G-BYXM

Grob G-115E Tutor G-BYXM (msn 82173), operated by VT Aerospace Ltd. for the Royal Air Force University Air Squadrons and Air Experience tasks

Background imageTasks Collection: Grob G. 115E Tutor G-BYUI (msn 82094/E), of Babcock-HCS, operating the RAF's flight experience

Grob G. 115E Tutor G-BYUI (msn 82094/E), of Babcock-HCS, operating the RAF's flight experience
Grob G.115E Tutor G-BYUI (msn 82094/E), of Babcock-HCS, operating the RAF's flight experience and University Air Squadron tasks. Date: 2018

Background imageTasks Collection: Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior N574HA (MSN 12406, ex BuAer 146454), flown by Hughes

Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior N574HA (MSN 12406, ex BuAer 146454), flown by Hughes and Raytheon for radar /avionics / missile development along with at least 13 others

Background imageTasks Collection: Grob G. 115E Tutor G-BYXM (msn 82173), of Babcock-HCS, operating the RAF's flight experience

Grob G. 115E Tutor G-BYXM (msn 82173), of Babcock-HCS, operating the RAF's flight experience
Grob G.115E Tutor G-BYXM (msn 82173), of Babcock-HCS, operating the RAF's flight experience and University Air Squadron tasks

Background imageTasks Collection: Royal Air Force - Beechcraft Texan T. 1 N2824B / ZM323 (msn PM-110). Date: 2018

Royal Air Force - Beechcraft Texan T. 1 N2824B / ZM323 (msn PM-110). Date: 2018
Royal Air Force - Beechcraft Texan T.1 N2824B / ZM323 (msn PM-110). Date: 2018

Background imageTasks Collection: Grob G. 115E Tutor G-BYXZ (msn 82182), of Babcock-HCS, operating the RAF's flight experience

Grob G. 115E Tutor G-BYXZ (msn 82182), of Babcock-HCS, operating the RAF's flight experience
Grob G.115E Tutor G-BYXZ (msn 82182), of Babcock-HCS, operating the RAF's flight experience and University Air Squadron tasks

Background imageTasks Collection: A Peaceful Art, 1888 (oil on canvas)

A Peaceful Art, 1888 (oil on canvas)
CH441598 A Peaceful Art, 1888 (oil on canvas) by Lorimer, John Henry (1856-1936); 127x102 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Scottish, out of copyright

Background imageTasks Collection: Illustrations to 'Lara'issued by the Art-Union of London (engraving)

Illustrations to "Lara"issued by the Art-Union of London (engraving)
1106570 Illustrations to " Lara" issued by the Art-Union of London (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageTasks Collection: WW2 era - Comic Postcard - Washing up

WW2 era - Comic Postcard - Washing up
The caption on the postcard is Washing up - probably a play on sorting things out now that the war is over. The reverse carries a message from Winston Churchill We must now devote all our strength

Background imageTasks Collection: Our Warriors Return, 1895 (w / c on paper)

Our Warriors Return, 1895 (w / c on paper)
PNP274171 Our Warriors Return, 1895 (w/c on paper) by Russell, Charles Marion (1865-1926); Private Collection; Peter Newark Western Americana; American, out of copyright

Background imageTasks Collection: Wart-hog (photo)

Wart-hog (photo)
5998111 Wart-hog (photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Wart-hog. Illustration for The New Book of Knowledge edited by Sir John Hammerton (Waverley)

Background imageTasks Collection: Moorish Children Working at a School of Embroidery (chromolitho)

Moorish Children Working at a School of Embroidery (chromolitho)
735623 Moorish Children Working at a School of Embroidery (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Moorish Children Working at a School of Embroidery)

Background imageTasks Collection: Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra, Audenarde Workshop (wool & silk tapestry)

Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra, Audenarde Workshop (wool & silk tapestry)
XIR227239 Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra, Audenarde Workshop (wool & silk tapestry) by Flemish School, (16th century); Musee National de la Renaissance, Ecouen

Background imageTasks Collection: Chinese Children Working as Ferrymen (chromolitho)

Chinese Children Working as Ferrymen (chromolitho)
735622 Chinese Children Working as Ferrymen (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chinese Children Working as Ferrymen)

Background imageTasks Collection: Indian Children Working as Guides for the Blind and Running Errands (chromolitho)

Indian Children Working as Guides for the Blind and Running Errands (chromolitho)
735621 Indian Children Working as Guides for the Blind and Running Errands (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageTasks Collection: Children Making Venetian Lace (chromolitho)

Children Making Venetian Lace (chromolitho)
735618 Children Making Venetian Lace (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Children Making Venetian Lace)

Background imageTasks Collection: The Labours of Psyche, 1873 (tempera on panel)

The Labours of Psyche, 1873 (tempera on panel)
PNH359452 The Labours of Psyche, 1873 (tempera on panel) by Stanhope, John Roddam Spencer (1829-1908); 79x31 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageTasks Collection: Maids of All Work (chromolitho)

Maids of All Work (chromolitho)
730580 Maids of All Work (chromolitho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Maids of All Work)

Background imageTasks Collection: Mexican Children Gathering the Pineapple Harvest (chromolitho)

Mexican Children Gathering the Pineapple Harvest (chromolitho)
735620 Mexican Children Gathering the Pineapple Harvest (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mexican Children Gathering the Pineapple Harvest)

Background imageTasks Collection: Newspaper Sellers in New York (chromolitho)

Newspaper Sellers in New York (chromolitho)
735619 Newspaper Sellers in New York (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Newspaper Sellers in New York)

Background imageTasks Collection: Westland WS. 51 Srs. 2 Widgeon G-APPS

Westland WS. 51 Srs. 2 Widgeon G-APPS
Westland WS.51 Srs.2 Widgeon G-APPS (msn WA/H/3), of British United Airways 1960-1961. The first prototype, G-ALIK, was brought up to full Widgeon standard

Background imageTasks Collection: Queens Flight - Westland Whirlwind HCC. 8 XN127

Queens Flight - Westland Whirlwind HCC. 8 XN127
Queens Flight - Westland Whirlwind HCC.8 XN127, VVIP transport for Royal transport tasks. One of two acquired for Queens Flight (XN127 and XN126)

Background imageTasks Collection: WASHING UP IN A BOWL

WASHING UP IN A BOWL
A housewife carefully washing up her china in an enamel bowl, with plenty of Lux soap suds! Date: 1930s

Background imageTasks Collection: HAPPILY MAKING THE BED

HAPPILY MAKING THE BED
An attractive, happy housewife making a bed. Date: 1960s

Background imageTasks Collection: LIGHTING THE FIRE

LIGHTING THE FIRE
A woman, perhaps a maid, lights a fire in the grate early in the morning Date: 1895

Background imageTasks Collection: HOUSEHOLD / IRONING / 1960S

HOUSEHOLD / IRONING / 1960S
A lady irons her undies Date: 1960s

Background imageTasks Collection: DONT FORGET BOARD

DONT FORGET BOARD
A timely reminder board! A handy household appointments or tasks jotter pad, with a picture of Big Ben on it and a handy pen attached. Date: 1930s

Background imageTasks Collection: LINING DRAWERS W / PAPER

LINING DRAWERS W / PAPER
A woman lines drawers with white paper. Date: 1930s



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"From Paint Charts to Busy Railway Platforms: A Glimpse into the World of Tasks" Exploring the vibrant hues on a vintage paint chart from 1908, capturing the essence of creative tasks. Unveiling the whimsical Heath Robinson Bedroom, an intricate masterpiece in a series of four tasks. Transporting ourselves back to the 1940s with a captivating image of a woman smoking, contemplating life's daily tasks. Reflecting on timeless chores as women diligently wash dishes, showcasing their strength and resilience through everyday tasks. Witnessing history unfold as construction workers build London's iconic Blackfriars Bridge, exemplifying monumental engineering tasks. Harmonizing with Flotow Martha Quartet while tackling early dishwasher duties – innovation meets domestic tasks. Embracing nostalgia by polishing floors meticulously - an art form that transcends time and showcases dedication to household tasks. Amidst WWII chaos, catching a glimpse of bustling railway platforms where individuals carry out essential wartime transportation tasks. Traveling back to 1954 with an illustrated checklist for summer home maintenance – reminders for seasonal household upkeep and necessary outdoor tasks. Stepping into the shoes of diligent wartime housewives through heartwarming cartoons from 1943 - celebrating their multitasking abilities without assistance from maids or servants. Admiring Lockheed F-104D Starfighter soaring high above us - reminding us that even complex technological marvels are born out of meticulous engineering and task-oriented minds. In this diverse collection spanning different eras and subjects, we delve into various aspects of human existence intertwined with countless fascinating endeavors known as "tasks.