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Taylor Collection

Taylor, a name that echoes through time like the clack of snooker balls on a table

Background imageTaylor Collection: Famous snooker players

Famous snooker players (Jimmy White, Cliff Thorburn, Peter Ebdon, Denis Taylor, John Parrott, Stephen Hendry, Alex Higgins, Ray Reardon, John Virgo, Steve Davis, Ronnie O Sullivan) -

Background imageTaylor Collection: Old Map of Wolverhampton 1750 by Isaac Taylor

Old Map of Wolverhampton 1750 by Isaac Taylor
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Background imageTaylor Collection: CIRCUS POSTER, 1920s. American poster, 1920s, for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus

CIRCUS POSTER, 1920s. American poster, 1920s, for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus

Background imageTaylor Collection: Freddie Mercury and Queen recording music video, London

Freddie Mercury and Queen recording music video, London
Freddie Mercury and Queen recording a video for Friends Will Be Friends, London Date: 1986

Background imageTaylor Collection: Jigsaw puzzle of golfers on Prestwick golf course, Scotland, c1914

Jigsaw puzzle of golfers on Prestwick golf course, Scotland, c1914. Handcut wooden puzzle of Michael Browns picture used in the Life Association of Scotland calendar

Background imageTaylor Collection: Picture No. 10767981

Picture No. 10767981
JAWS, Mechanical Great White shark - Valerie Taylor with the shark used in the making of the film Jaws Date:

Background imageTaylor Collection: Picture No. 10767726

Picture No. 10767726
Great Hammerhead Shark - With diver Valerie Taylor (Sphyrna lewini) Date:

Background imageTaylor Collection: Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, c1950s(?). Artist: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, c1950s(?). Artist: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, c1950s(?). Elizabeth Taylor made her screen debut as a child in Lassie Come Home in 1943

Background imageTaylor Collection: Bolton Wanderers FC football team 1935

Bolton Wanderers FC football team 1935. Back row: Goslin, Atkinson, Smith, Jones, Finney (Captain), Taylor. Front row: Taylor, Eastham, Milsom, Westwood, Cook. 1935

Background imageTaylor Collection: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton - actors

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton - actors
Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011), British-American actress, embraces her husband Richard Burton (1925-1984), Welsh actor. Date: 1966

Background imageTaylor Collection: CIRCUS POSTER. Barnum & Bailey, c. 1912

CIRCUS POSTER. Barnum & Bailey, c. 1912

Background imageTaylor Collection: Coveracks new lifeboat, 1954

Coveracks new lifeboat, 1954
Coveracks new lifeboat, William Taylor of Oldham, being hauled up the slipway on 24th July 1954. It cost 25, 000 to build. Cornwall. Date: 1954

Background imageTaylor Collection: Coleridge Nether Stowey

Coleridge Nether Stowey
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE English poet and critics cottage at Nether Stowey, Somerset Date: 1772 - 1834

Background imageTaylor Collection: Birthstone Series: Amythest Quartz

Birthstone Series: Amythest Quartz
An Amythest quartz specimen. Amythest is a form of quartz that is usually purple in colour, it is the birthstone for the month of March. Natural History Museum specimen number 84817

Background imageTaylor Collection: Ice skating in Winter

Ice skating in Winter
J Rankine ands Duff-Taylor, with a lady each, waltzing on Craiglockhart Lower pond, Edinburgh, 1907 1907

Background imageTaylor Collection: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Writer

Background imageTaylor Collection: Samuel Coleridge Taylor - Classical Composer

Samuel Coleridge Taylor - Classical Composer
Samuel Coleridge Taylor (1875-1912) - Classical Composer. Professor at the Crystal Palace School of Music and conducted the orchestra at the Croydon Conservatoire

Background imageTaylor Collection: The Bystander masthead by Laurie Taylor, 1930

The Bystander masthead by Laurie Taylor, 1930
An athletic woman in a swimsuit and bathing cap, sprints along a beach accompanied by two elegant greyhounds, the canine icon of the art deco period

Background imageTaylor Collection: The Champions

The Champions

Background imageTaylor Collection: Tim Brooke-Taylor and Caroline Ellis

Tim Brooke-Taylor and Caroline Ellis
Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020), English comic actor, pictured with British actress Caroline Ellis (1950-)

Background imageTaylor Collection: Brightest London is best reached by Underground, 1924. Creator: Taylor, Horace (1881-1934)

Brightest London is best reached by Underground, 1924. Creator: Taylor, Horace (1881-1934)
Brightest London is best reached by Underground, 1924. Private Collection

Background imageTaylor Collection: Partial fossil remains of the giant millepede, Arthropleura

Partial fossil remains of the giant millepede, Arthropleura
Measuring 7.1 cm long, this Carboniferous fossil represents only part of a leg of the giant millepede Arthropleura

Background imageTaylor Collection: First page of signatures on the Declaration of Independence

First page of signatures on the Declaration of Independence
DECLARATION: SIGNATURES. First page of signatures on the Declaration of Independence

Background imageTaylor Collection: British Actress Margaret Rutherford

British Actress Margaret Rutherford
Dame Margaret Taylor Rutherford, DBE (1892-1972) - British character actress of stage, television and film, probably best known for her later career as Agatha Christies character Miss Marple

Background imageTaylor Collection: Picture No. 10768000

Picture No. 10768000
Snorkeller - Valerie Taylor on the anchor on the wreck of the Sirius off Norfolk Island, Australia Date:

Background imageTaylor Collection: CIRCUS POSTER, 1920s. American poster for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus, 1920s

CIRCUS POSTER, 1920s. American poster for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus, 1920s

Background imageTaylor Collection: In Lansdowne Passage, Where A Highwayman Once Galloped For His Life, c1935. Creator: Taylor

In Lansdowne Passage, Where A Highwayman Once Galloped For His Life, c1935. Creator: Taylor
In Lansdowne Passage, Where A Highwayman Once Galloped For His Life, c1935. Alley in Westminster, central London, with an iron bar set across it

Background imageTaylor Collection: The Second Western Party The Day They Were Picked Up By The Ship, 1912, (1913)

The Second Western Party The Day They Were Picked Up By The Ship, 1912, (1913)
The Second Western Party The Day They Were Picked Up By The Ship: Taylor, Debenham, Gran and Forde, 1913. The return of the Western Geological Party: geologists Frank Debenham and T.Griffith-Taylor

Background imageTaylor Collection: Joanne Shaw Taylor, 2011. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth

Joanne Shaw Taylor, 2011. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth
Joanne Shaw Taylor, Bonita Blues Festival, 2011

Background imageTaylor Collection: Algernon Blackwood & Alfred Taylor, WW1

Algernon Blackwood & Alfred Taylor, WW1
Algernon Henry Blackwood (1869-1951), English author and playwright, particularly known for his supernatural fiction and ghost stories

Background imageTaylor Collection: Advertisement for Taylor Brothers, Manufacturers of Saws, Steel, Files, Machine Knives, etc

Advertisement for Taylor Brothers, Manufacturers of Saws, Steel, Files, Machine Knives, etc
Original at Sheffield Local Studies Library: MP 122 M

Background imageTaylor Collection: CIRCUS TRAIN from Barnum & Baileys Greatest Show on Earth, c. 1905

CIRCUS TRAIN from Barnum & Baileys Greatest Show on Earth, c. 1905

Background imageTaylor Collection: Skull and Crossbones - Inverted

Skull and Crossbones - Inverted
The Jolly Roger is the name given to any of various flags flown to identify a ships crew as pirates. The flag most usually identified as the Jolly Roger today is the skull and crossbones

Background imageTaylor Collection: Skull and Crossbones

Skull and Crossbones
The Jolly Roger is the name given to any of various flags flown to identify a ships crew as pirates. The flag most usually identified as the Jolly Roger today is the skull and crossbones

Background imageTaylor Collection: Odysseus returns to his wife, Penelope

Odysseus returns to his wife, Penelope

Background imageTaylor Collection: Dennis Taylor - Snooker Player

Dennis Taylor - Snooker Player Date: 1980s

Background imageTaylor Collection: Scottish International Association Football Team, 1895

Scottish International Association Football Team, 1895, at the time they played against Scotland: Harrison (Vice-President), Drummond, Lambie, Sliman (President), Russell, Gibson, Dixon (Treasurer)

Background imageTaylor Collection: Caricature of the actor J G Taylor

Caricature of the actor J G Taylor -- Much More Than The Ninth Part. circa 1880s

Background imageTaylor Collection: WW2 Poster -- ENSA Entertainments, Swing Vogue

WW2 Poster -- ENSA Entertainments, Swing Vogue
Photolithograph poster inscribed NaFI presents ENSA Entertainments for HM Forces. Its modern, its new, its bright, its Swing Vogue

Background imageTaylor Collection: Laurette Taylor and Michael

Laurette Taylor and Michael
Miss Laurette Taylor (1883-1946) American actress born Loretta Helen Clooney. She appeared in one of the most popular shows of the First World War in London, Peg O My Heart

Background imageTaylor Collection: The New Standard Theatre, 1845

The New Standard Theatre, 1845
The New Standard Theatre in Shoreditch, London, showing an equestrian spectacle taking place on stage in 1845, the year that the theatre first opened

Background imageTaylor Collection: Picture No. 10767980

Picture No. 10767980
JAWS - Mechanical Great White shark. Valerie Taylor with the mechanical white shark used in the making of the film Jaws. Date:

Background imageTaylor Collection: Picture No. 10767933

Picture No. 10767933
Diver Valerie Taylor & Grey Reef shark, (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) Date:

Background imageTaylor Collection: Picture No. 10767730

Picture No. 10767730
Black-tip / Blacktip Reef - Swims over diver, camera women Valerie Taylor. Black Tips are considered harmless. (Carcharhinus melanopterus) Date:

Background imageTaylor Collection: COLERIDGE: ANCIENT MARINER. The Mariner sits with the albatross around his neck

COLERIDGE: ANCIENT MARINER. The Mariner sits with the albatross around his neck. Wood engraving after Gustave Dor

Background imageTaylor Collection: Verbena or Vervain, 1947

Verbena or Vervain, 1947. Drought-resistant plant valued in butterfly gardening with longstanding use in herbalism and folk medicine, usually as an herbal tea

Background imageTaylor Collection: Mount Hermon, Syria, 1895. Artist: Armand Kohl

Mount Hermon, Syria, 1895. Artist: Armand Kohl
Mount Hermon, Syria, 1895. As seen from Rasheya. From The Universal Geography with Illustrations and Maps, division XVII, written by Elisee Reclus and published by Virtue & Co. Limited (London, 1895)

Background imageTaylor Collection: Underground scene in a coal mine in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area of England, 1823

Underground scene in a coal mine in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area of England, 1823. Miners hewing coal and carrying away in corves (baskets). From Scenes of British Wealth by the Rev Isaac Taylor



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Taylor, a name that echoes through time like the clack of snooker balls on a table. Just as famous snooker players have left their mark on the game, so too has Taylor left an indelible impression on our memories. But who is this enigmatic figure? Perhaps we can find clues in the old map of Wolverhampton from 1750 by Isaac Taylor. As I delve deeper into the mysteries surrounding Taylor, I stumble upon a circus poster from the roaring 1920s. It seems that our protagonist may have had some connection to the dazzling world under the big top. Could he have been part of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus? Curiosity piqued, my investigation takes me further down this rabbit hole of puzzles and intrigue. A jigsaw puzzle depicting golfers on Prestwick golf course in Scotland circa 1914 catches my eye. Was Taylor an avid golfer or did this puzzle hold another hidden clue? But wait. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton enter stage right - actors known for their passionate performances both on and off screen. Could it be that our elusive subject shared more than just a name with these Hollywood legends? Another circus poster surfaces, this time from Barnum & Bailey around 1912. The plot thickens as I try to connect all these disparate pieces together. Picture No. 10767981 and Picture No. 10767726 appear before me like snapshots frozen in time - moments captured forever but without context or explanation. And then there she is again - Elizabeth Taylor herself, an English-American actress from the glamorous era of the 1950s when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer reigned supreme. But amidst all these glitz and glamour, football also finds its place in our narrative with Bolton Wanderers FC football team from 1935 making an appearance. Just when I think I've reached a dead end, Coveracks new lifeboat from 1954 emerges as a beacon of hope.