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A photograph of Diana Dors, taken in July 1958 by R Powell for the Daily Herald. Diana Dors (1931-1984) was a British actress known for her 1950s 'blonde bombshell' style.
Cyanotype of Lastrea cristata, 1853
A cyanotype of Lastrea cristata, 1853 from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
Pedal car race
A photograph of a pedal car race, taken by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 June, 1933. Smartly-dressed and at the wheel of three equally smart pedal cars, these children get ready to race at the Duke of York's Garden Party. The race was started by Sir Noel Curtis-Bennett (1882-1950), author and member of the International Olympic Committee, who is standing on the right.
Kitten drinking milk through a straw
A photograph of a kitten drinking milk through a straw, taken in 1957 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Birth of triplets
A photograph of a woman and nurse with newly-born triplets, taken by George Roper for the Daily Herald newspaper on 13 August, 1939.
Advert for cigarettes
A photograph of three men advertising cigarettes, taken by James Jarche (1891-1965) for the Daily Herald newspaper on 24 November, 1932. The man on the left prominently holds a box of Player's cigarettes. The man in the centre indicates that these are preferred to the others offered by the man on the right. The men's suits and the wood-panelled setting create an office context for this photograph.
Mr and Mrs Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse, London
A photograph of Mr and Mrs Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse in London, taken in 1935 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
Portrait of E G Malindine
A photographic portrait of Edward G Malindine, taken in November 1938 by Saidman for the Daily Herald. Edward G Malindine (1906-1970) was a staff photographer for the Daily Herald, before and after the second world war, during which served as an official photographer for the War Office.
Cyanotype of Lastrea rigida, 1853
A cyanotype of Lastrea rigida, from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
Picnic by the Sea
A photograph of a young man and two young women having a picnic, taken by Studio Lisa in 1939. The group sit on top of cliffs as one of the girls holds out her cup to be filled.
Landing HRH Prince Arthur
A photograph entitled 'Landing 'HRH Prince Arthur', taken by William Notman in 1860. The photograph of the arrival of the ship carrying the Prince of Wales was taken during the royal visit to Canada.
A dye transfer print photograph of a woman modelling a coat, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1940. The woman stands between two gate posts wearing thick woollen coat, skirt and jumper.
Einstein's Abstracts 
A photomicrograph of the chalk marks on the blackboard used by Einstein in his 1931 Oxford lecture on the Theory of Relativity by Cornelia Parker, 1999. Made while Parker was an artist in residence at the Science Museum. This is part 2 of 3 photomicrographs, made by Parker in the series 'Einstein's Abstracts'. 'Three Clumps' written on reverse.
Tombs of English killed at Tel-el-Kebir near the station
A photograph entitled 'Tombs of English killed at Tel el Kebir near the station', taken by an unknown photographer in December 1882. The photograph shows British graves on the battlefield of Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt.
Woman wearing lingerie
A pair of colour photographs of a woman wearing lingerie and a silk dressing gown, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1935. The woman sits on a bed surrounded by silk curtains. One photograph has been printed using the Vivex process, the other, using a Gravure process. They have been mounted side by side so that he two processes may be easily compared.
Portrait of a young woman
A Vivex colour photograph of a young woman, taken by Herbert Lambert in 1932.
Fire Engine Driving to Attwoods
A photograph entitled 'Fire Engine Driving to Attwoods', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in July 1904. The photograph shows the Fire Brigade in their horse-drawn engine heading towards Attwoods Manor in Halstead, Essex.
Training Ship, 'Arethusa', Greenhithe
A photograph entitled 'Training Ship, 'Arethusa', Greenhithe', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in July 1900.
A photograph of a horse-drawn omnibus outside Cambridge train station, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. In the foreground is a woman wearing a long fur scarf. Adverts on the bus include 'Illsley for Coals and Removals' and 'Sturton and Son Cash Chemists'.
Launching Cradle of Japanese Battleship 'Shikishima'
A photograph entitled 'Launching Cradle of Japanese Battleship 'Shikishima'', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in October 1898. The photograph was taken at the Thames Ironworks in Blackwall, London.
1914 - 1915
Black and white photograph entitled 'The Same' (Above the Vineyards, Ai-Todor). The photograph shows a view of the vineyards, with mountains in the background. Album compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
Ai-Todor; The Statue
1914 - 1915
Black and white photograph entitled 'The Statue'. The photograph shows H. H. Prince Demetri Alexandrovitch stood next to a headless, Grecian style statue at the top of a short flight of steps, all made of a white stone, with tiered flower beds and trees behind. Album compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
The 'Last Bobbin', Dixon's Bobbin Mills, Steeton, Near Keighlety
Gelatine silver reproduction print entitled 'The ''Last Bobbin', Dixon's Bobbin Mills, Steeton, Near Keighlety' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'. Titled and signed by the artist.
Cobden's Statue, Interior of Wool Exchange, Bradford
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Cobden's Statue, Interior of Wool Exchange, Bradford' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
Mansion House and Queen Victoria Street, London
A photograph entitled 'Mansion House and Queen Victoria Street, London', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. One of the grandest surviving Georgian town palaces in London, Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London during his year of office.
A photograph entitled 'Allen's Yacht', taken by William Notman in 1860. The photograph shows Sir Hugh Allan (1810-1882) and his family aboard their yacht on Lake Memphremagog in Canada. The photograph is taken from an album entitled 'Belmere Lake Memphremagog'.
North African market
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a North African market scene, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890. A cloaked figure stands in the foreground, whilst a tourist in a hat looks at the camera.
London: Cheapside, Looking E.
A photochrom postcard entitled 'London: Cheapside, Looking E.', published in 'London In Colour Photography' by The Photochrom Company Limited, London in about 1914. The postcard shows Cheapside, with the church of St Mary-le-Bow on the right of the street.
Sir Malcolm Campbell looking at a racing car
A photograph of Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885-1948) looking through goggles at a Sunbeam Tiger V12 racing car in Berlin, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1933.
Three women with musical instruments
A photograph of three women taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The posed studio photograph shows the women sitting against a wooded backdrop. Two of the women hold musical instruments.
Woman at a piano
A photograph of a woman at a piano, taken by James Arthur in 1898. the woman has turned away from the piano and reads a book on her lap.
Isabella Grace Hawarden
ASlbumen print of a woman standing in front of window, holding hat. A photograph of Isabella Grace Hawarden (b. 1846) taken by her mother, Clementina, Lady Hawarden, in about 1862.
Dorothy Ward in the BBC radio show 'Happidrome'
A photograph of Dorothy Ward in the BBC radio show 'Happidrome', taken in April 1943 by D H Calcraft for the Daily Herald.
Commander Clare Royse on Tricycle
A photograph of Commander Clare Royse riding a tricycle on the sea front, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in October 1901.
Man with face of a 'spirit'
A photograph of a man, taken by William Hope in about 1920. A male face appears on its side above the sitter's head.
Father Christmas arrives at Selfridges by parcel post, with Mickey Mouse
A photograph entitled 'Father Christmas arrives at Selfridges by parcel post, with Mickey Mouse', taken in 1935 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald. Father Christmas climbs out of a box on a stage in front of a crowd of children, Mickey Mouse sits on top of the box.
Cinema audience watching a three dimensional film
A photograph entitled 'An audience of cinemagoers watch a three dimensional film', taken in March 1953 by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald.
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a young woman reading, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890. The woman sits on an chair upholstered with embroidery and tassels, reading a large book. An easel stands in the background.
Rosie the circus elephant
A photograph of a circus elephant named Rosie, surrounded by a crowd of excited children, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald in about 1938.
Mill worker eating lunch
A photograph of a mill worker eating his lunch, taken by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 January, 1940.
Margaret Taylor and her mother standing in the doorway of a gypsy caravan
A photograph showing Margaret Taylor and her mother Phyllis standing in the doorway of a gypsy caravan, taken in July 1956 by Ralph for the Daily Herald. The photograph accompanied a report on the fight by Phyllis Taylor to get her daughter into a local school in Banks, near Southport.
Cyanotype of Lastrea oreopoteris, 1853
A cyanotype of Lastrea oreopoteris, from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
Young people on a float in a May Day Parade
A photograph of children on a float in a May Day procession in Plymouth, Devon, taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald newspaper on 3 May, 1935.
Crystal Palace fire
A photograph of firemen at the Crystal Palace fire, Sydenham, London, taken in November 1936 by Edward G Malindine (1906-1970) for the Daily Herald.
Man with hunting trophies
A photograph of a man surrounded by hunting 'trophies', taken in January 1938 by George W Roper for the Daily Herald.
World champion Joe Davis tries 'Apollo', his new metal snooker cue
A photograph of Joe Davis (1901-1978), snooker world champion, in London, taken in November 1954 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Filming 'The Citadel'
A photograph of a scene during the filming of 'The Citadel', taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 9 June, 1938.
'Croonin' J McCauley sings to some of his fellow Jarrow marchers
A photograph of J McCauley, a Jarrow marcher, singing to his co-marchers on their walk to London, taken in October 1936 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald. The caption read ''Croonin' J McCauley, who helps to keep his co-marchers' spirits high, has been out of work for 5 years'
Children with a wheelbarrow
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a woman with two children walking down a road, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890. One of the young girls pushes a small wheelbarrow.