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Criminal record sheet
A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1906. The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Mary Ann Kennedy, a partially blind prostitute with a string of convictions for theft, robbery with violence and receiving stolen goods.
Woman next to a bush
A Colorol print photograph of a woman stood next to a bush, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1930.
A Colorol photograph of flowers, including hyacinths, in terracotta pots, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1930.
Portrait of a woman
A Vivex colour photograph of a woman in a one-shouldered dress, taken by an unknown photographer in 1937.
A dye transfer print photograph of a cavalry officer, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1930. The man stands in dress uniform against a painted backdrop of a forest.
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of Montague Place, London, taken by an unknown photographer in 1888. The photograph is taken from the balcony of 11 Montague Place.
Portraits of prisoners
A page from an album of criminal register photographs, taken by a unknown photographer at Wormwood Scrubs prison in about 1890. The criminals hold up their hands to show any identifying features, such as tattoos or missing fingers. A mirror placed on their right shoulder captures their profile.
Woman in a boat
A photograph of a woman sat in a rowing boat, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1960.
Crater, Confederate Lines, Petersburgh Virginia
A photograph of a group of tourists inspecting Confederate Army fortifications outside Petersburg in Virginia, America, taken by an unknown photographer in 1867. This photograph is from an album entitled 'Canada and the United States. 1867' by John Downes Rochfort (1825-1885), who toured Canada and America in 1867.
Criminal record sheet
A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1903. The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Thomas Davidson, aged sixty-two of no fixed abode, who had a string of convictions for burglary, larceny and petty theft.
Milk and biscuits
A Vivex colour photograph of a cup of milk and a plate of biscuits, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1935. This photograph was probably taken for advertising purposes.
Charlie Chaplin as a young man in Hollywood
A photographic portrait of Charlie Chaplin as a young man, Hollywood, taken around 1916 by an unknown photographer. Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (1899-1977) was an English comic actor and film producer and director of the silent film era.
Woman in ballgown
A dye transfer print photograph of a woman wearing a silver grey ball gown, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1950. The woman wears elbow-length gloves and a pearl necklace.
Fort Ada, Alexandria
A photograph entitled 'Fort Ada, Alexandria', taken by an unknown photographer in November 1882. The photograph shows a damaged gun battery on the walls of Fort Adda (or Ada) in Alexandria, Egypt.
The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, taken by an unknown photographer in 1888. Tunbridge Wells' popularity as a spa resort grew in the 18th century, resulting in the Pantiles, a colonnaded walkway, being built in the area surrounding the springs.
Woman by a sundial
A dye transfer print photograph of a woman in a spotted dress next to a sundial, taken by an unknown photograph, c. 1955. The woman looks over a garden and out to sea.
Police clash with picketers, Ambridge, Pennsylvania
A photograph showing police clashing with picketers during a steel workers' strike in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, taken in June 1937 by an unknown photographer. Two workers were fatally wounded whilst 18 others were injured during the clashes between armed police and steel workers.
Series of photographs showing phases of movement of a man jumping a hurdle, by Étienne-Jules Marey
Photograph showing phases of movement of a man jumping a hurdle, made by Étienne-Jules Marey, c 1892.
Modern Living Exhibition at Whiteley's
A photograph taken at the Modern Living Exhibition at Whiteley's Stores in London in May 1935 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows two women in a room setting.
Children writing to Father Christmas
A photograph of two children writing to Father Christmas beside a Christmas postbox, taken in 1934 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald.
Hoover's new factory
A photograph of the construction of the Hoover Factory at Western Avenue, Perivale, Middlesex in 1935.
The making of a stained glass window for Liverpool's Anglican cathedral
A photograph of the making of a stained glass window for Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, taken in April 1934 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald.
Kangaroo on London street
A photograph of a kangaroo appearing to be given directions on a London street, taken by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 11 December, 1933.
Woman using an exercise machine
A photograph of a woman using an exercise machine, taken in November 1835 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald.
Sunday Films Association
A photograph of members of the Sunday Films Association, taken in November 1932 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald. Under the Sunday Entertainments Act of 1932, anyone wishing to provide musical entertainment on Sundays had first to obtain a license from the Local Authority. These women are campaigning in Croydon prior to a local vote on whether to permit the screening of films on Sundays.
A photograph of Major Elliot, Minister of Agriculture, lifting up two children in his arms, taken by Woodbine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 1 October, 1934.
Interior of Boots chemist, Regent Street
A photograph of shoppers in Boots the Chemist, on Regent Street, London, in 1932. It was taken by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald newspaper.
Prince Monolulu, The Tipster, with his bride, the actress, Nellie Adkins
A photograph of the tipster Prince Monolulu and his bride Nellie Adkins, taken in August 1931 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald.
A photograph of an interior scene during the filming of 'C.O.D.', taken in January 1932 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
A photograph of William, a South Wales miner, taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 28 January, 1940. William is pictured in his home - still wearing a flat cap and overcoat - reading a newspaper in front of the fire. This photograph is one of a series taken to illustrate a Dudley Barker feature story on workers in wartime.
A photograph of a model using a portable free-standing hairdryer, taken in September 1936 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
Joseph and Rose Kennedy pose for a news camera
A photograph of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and family posing for a news camera in London, taken in 1938 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
Motor racing at Brooklands
A photograph of a Bugatti racing car being fuelled, taken in September 1932 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
A photograph of a laughing tinplate worker in a South Wales factory, taken by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 28 January, 1940. Dai Ward picks up tinplate sheets as vapour billows dramatically in the background. This photograph is one of a series taken to illustrate a Daily Herald feature story by Dudley Barker on workers in wartime.
Ice cream tricycle
A photograph of a streamlined ice cream vendor's tricycle, taken in January 1936 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
A photograph of anti-war demonstrators in London on May Day, taken in May 1936 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
The Jewish community in Britain celebrate Passover
A photograph entitled 'The Jewish community in Britain celebrate Passover', taken in 1939 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald. The photograph was taken at the Home for Aged Jews, Nightingale Lane, London.
School chemistry demonstration
A photograph of a school chemistry demonstration in the laboratory of Balham Central School, London, taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 25 October, 1932. Schoolgirls demonstrate a chemistry experiment in the school's laboratory for their fathers - perhaps at a parents' evening.
A photograph of a tinplate worker in a South Wales factory, taken by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 28 January, 1940. Dressed in well-worn work clothes Dai Ward loads a trolley with tinplate sheets. In the background some of his fellow workers smile for the camera. Wales was the centre of the British tinplate industry due to the quantity of iron works and easy accessibility to Cornish tin. This photograph is one of a series taken to illustrate a Daily Herald feature story by Dudley Barker on workers in wartime.
A photograph of a little boy riding on a seat slung between the harnesses of a pair of horses, taken in May 1933 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald. The prize-winning horses are pulling a carriage in the Easter Monday Van Horse Parade through Regent's Park, London.
A photograph of girls from Napier Street school, London, taking part in physical training exercises on Parliament Hill, taken in September 1937 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
Furniture Exhibition at Dorland Hall, Regent Street
A photograph of a woman sitting at an Art Deco dressing table at a furniture exhibition in Dorland Hall, Regent Street, London, taken in 1993 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
Sid Field greeting Danny Kaye
A photograph of entertainer Sid Field (1904-1950) greeting the American actor and comedian Danny Kaye (1913-1987), taken in May 1949 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald. The photograph was taken at a 'Picturegoer' magazine luncheon in honour of Kaye at the Savoy Hotel in London.
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.
A photograph showing how a travelling shot is taken
A photograph taken from the Daily Herald Archive showing film makers attaching a camera to a bicycle to film a travelling shot for the film 'Three Men In a Boat', taken by an unknown photographer, 1933.
A photograph of a Mercedes-Benz employee standing in front of pressed steel car wings in a factory, taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1935.
Madame Rose-Itier in Bugatti Type 37 racing car
A photograph of Madame Anne Cecile Rose-Itier (1895-?) in her Bugatti Type 37 racing car, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1932.
Woman and dog with Buick car
A photograph of a woman sat on the running board of an 8 cylinder Stoewer car, a dog on the ground next to her, taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1934. The photograph was taken during a Stoewer advertising photo shoot.
Making a sign for an exhibition
A photograph of a woman making a sign for an automobile exhibition, taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1933.