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19-01-1967 Cybermen

Publicity photos taken on January 19th 1967, to mark the return of the Cybermen in the Doctor Who story “The Moonbase”.

This story saw the uncredited debut of John Levine (later to play series regular Sergeant Benton), as a Cyberman, so it’s possible he’s in this picture.

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Original B&W photo.

Genesis of a Legend

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Tom Baker, for many the definitive Doctor, with Daleks at BBC Television Centre, in a publicity shot for his first season of Doctor Who, which included the story “Genesis of the Daleks”, around 1975.

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Original B&W photo.


George IV

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King George IV, probably in the early 1820s, shortly after his accession to the throne.

George IV

Original engraving.


Crouching Venus

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One of many depictions of Aphrodite, or the ‘Crouching Venus’, this one a Roman version from the Antonine period (2nd century AD) based on  a Greek original from 200 BC.

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Original photo of statue.


J.R. Clynes

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John Robert Clynes MP, the first English leader of the British Labour Party. He didn’t get to be Prime Minister but, under his stewardship, Labour became the main opposition party in place of the Liberals.

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Original B&W photo.


Paula and kitten

Paula and Kitten (1955)

Walter Chandoha was a famous photographer, known particularly for his pictures of cats. This one is from 1955, and is of his daughter Paula and a kitten.

Paula and Kitten (1955)

Original B&W photo.


Hilaire Belloc

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Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc, portrait by Emil Otto Hoppé, vintage bromide print, 1915.

NPG x7930; Hilaire Belloc by Emil Otto ('E.O.') HoppÈ

Original B&W photo.


A Russian Cruise

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Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, her friend and Lady in waiting Anna Vyrubova and the Tsarina’s eldest child, Grand Duchess Olga Romanov, on a stop off on a Finnish Skerry (small island} during a cruise c1908.

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Lady in waiting Anna Vyrubova (sitting) as well as Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna (standing) at Finnish skerries, Paatio island. Note the two box cameras between the empress and the lady in waiting.

Original B&W photo.


W. G. Grace & Friend

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William Gilbert “W. G.” Grace with the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII), in 1911. Grace seems to be in mourning, as he’s wearing a black armband. I can’t find any references to personal tragedies at this time, so it may be for Edward VII, who died the previous year.

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Original B&W photo.


Satchmo in Britain

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Louis Armstrong, near the end of his career, on a visit to West Yorkshire, England, in June 1968.

 

 

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Original B&W photo.


Elizabeth’s Coronation Gown

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Queen Elizabeth II in her Coronation gown. The Coronation took place on 2 June 1953, and this photo will have been taken on or near that day.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Young George V

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The future King George V, in 1885, while still third in line to the throne. His grandmother, Victoria, was still Queen, his father, who would later become Edward VII, was first in line, and his elder brother Albert Victor was still alive. When Albert Victor died in 1892, George moved up to second in line to the throne.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Wallis Simpson

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Time’s Person of the Year 1936, Wallis Simpson, who married a King, Edward VIII, and caused a constitutional crisis when he was forced to abdicate.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, in late 1907 or early 1908, when she was 7 years old. She would later marry the man who would become King George VI, and her eldest daughter is the current Queen Elizabeth II.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Edward VII

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Edward VII in 1902, the year after he ascended to the throne.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Collaborator

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A woman in France in 1944, having her hair shorn off for being a collaborator. Sometimes just an accusation was enough to warrant the punishment.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Lillie Langtry

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Actress Lillie Langtry, once a mistress of Edward VII (while still Prince of Wales),in 1885.

 

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Original sepia photo.


Jennie

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Lady Randolph Churchill, née Jennie Jerome, mother of Winston Churchill. Photo taken sometime in the 1880s.

 

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Original sepia photo.


Princess Beatrice

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Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, in her wedding dress, in 1885.

 

circa 1885:  Princess Beatrice, (1857 - 1944), the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria.  She married Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1885: Princess Beatrice, (1857 – 1944), the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria. She married Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Original B&W photo.


Marion Davies in “Show People”

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Marion Davies in a publicity photo for the 1928 film “Show People”.

 

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Marion Davies-1928-The Cardboard Lover

Original B&W photo.


Buster Keaton and Friends

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Buster Keaton and friends, sometime in the 1920s.

 

c. 1920s: Buster Keaton with Women in Swimsuits

c. 1920s: Buster Keaton with Women in Swimsuits

Original B&W photo.


The Blackout

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In the early days of the blitz, there were more deaths from accidents during the blackout than from German bombs, which is why this cow, in a photo from 1941, is being painted, to make it more visible at night.

 

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Original B&W photo.


William Gillette – The First Sherlock

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William Gillette, an American actor/manager, was the first actor to play Sherlock Holmes. He is seen here in a publicity shot for the 1899 play “Sherlock Holmes”, written by Gillette, with elements from several Conan Doyle stories.

 

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Original B&W photo.


Teenage Brian May

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16 year old Brian May, in 1963, with the new “Red Special” guitar he and his father made with wood from an 18th century fireplace.

 

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Original B&W photo.