British Social Events - Weddings - Blackpool - 1985
Escapologist Karl Bartoni and his bride Wendy Stokes, cradled in flowers for the blessing of their forthcoming wedding, suspended from the Blackpool Tower above a congregation of holidaymakers on the promenade below.
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Fire-escape patent, 1879
Fire-escape patent, 1879. Artwork of a fire escape device designed by Benjamin Oppenheimer. The parachute is attached by harness to the person's head while thick rubber soled shoes were worn to cushion the landing. It was claimed that the device would allow the person to escape a building fire by jumping out of the window of any height without any injury or harm.
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Welwitschia mirabilis. This unique plant consists of a woody stem and two large leaves. It is evergreen and the leaves grow continuously along the ground, often becoming frayed. W. mirabilis is endemic to the Namib desert, the most arid environment on Earth. It survives this environment partly because of its roots, which can grow to depths of 30 metres. The oldest living plant is 1500 years old. The largest leaf found is 6 metres long and 2 metres wide. Photographed in the Namib desert.
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