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Belva Lockwood


Belva Lockwood, lawyer, politician, educator, author and cyclist, photographed between 1865 and 1880 by Matthew Brady.

Unlike Victoria Woodhull, Belva Lockwood met all legal requirements when she stood for the presidency of the USA in 1884, and again in 1888.



Original B&W photo.


Soviet Mission to the Daleks

daleks and Nadezhda Volchenko

On a Soviet Cultural Mission to Britain in 1966, the Deputy Chief of the Soviet Star Film Industry Committee, Nadezhda Volchenko, visited Shepperton Studios to see the completion of filming for ‘Daleks invasion of Earth 2150AD’.



Original B&W photo.

A Nazi Christening

Emmy and Hermann Goering Adolf Hitler, acting as Godparent, at the Christening of Hermann and Emma ‘s only child, Edda. Edda hit the news recently when she tried, for a second time, to reclaim some of the art works stolen by her father during the war, and given to her when she was a child. She was unsuccessful.



Emmy and Hermann Goering

Original B&W photo.

Prince Constantine Constantinovich

Prince Constantine Constantinovich 1895b

Prince Constantine Constantinovich of Russia, the fourth child of Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich, and the great-grandson of Emperor Nicholas I



Royal Collection

Original Sepia photo.

Winston At The Beach

Winston Churchill in a swimsuit… 1922

Winston Churchill relaxing at the beach in 1922. Presumably this was taken in the summer, and he may have been taking a break from campaigning for the General Election in October, in which he lost his seat. This was while he was a member of the Liberal Party. He returned to Parliament in 1924, then formally rejoined the Conservatives the following year, having left that party in 1904.


Winston Churchill in a swimsuit… 1922

Original B&W photo.

Tony Benn

Tony-Benn-outside-parliament 1961

Anthony Neil Wedgwood “Tony” Benn, seen here in 1961, the year he won a by-election but lost his parliamentary seat of Bristol South East, which he had held since 1950. Benn had inherited the title of Viscount Stansgate when his father died in 1960, so was disqualified from sitting in the House of Commons. Despite this, he stood in the 1961 by-election and won, but an election court declared the seat won by the Conservative runner-up, Malcolm St Clair. Benn then campaigned for a change in the law, which resulted in the Peerage Act 1963, allowing renunciation of peerages. Malcolm St Clair, honouring a promise he made in 1961, stood aside and prompted another by-election, which Benn won.

Tony Benn outside parliament in 1961.

Original B&W photo.

Karol Józef Wojtyła

Karol Wojtyla, actor

A young Karol Józef Wojtyła, later to be known worldwide as Pope John Paul II, probably in 1938, while at Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

Karol Wojtyla, actor

Original B&W photo