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1920 1929 Collection

Step back in time to the roaring twenties, a decade filled with innovation, glamour, and historical milestones

Background image1920 1929 Collection: HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy

HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy
March 17, 1924 - HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Stamford Bridge View

Stamford Bridge View
Stamford Bridge pre-dates Chelsea Football Club by more than a quarter of a century. It opened on 28 April 1877 as an athletics venue

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Prima Ballerina Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova

Prima Ballerina Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova
1924: Russian Ballet dancer Anna Pavlova (1882 - 1931), regarded as the prima ballerina of her era. (Photo by James Abbe/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Jack Dempsey Boxing Poster

Jack Dempsey Boxing Poster
Illustrated poster of American boxer Jack Dempsey (1895 - 1983), promting his match against George Carpenter for the World Heavyweight championship title, July 2, 1921

Background image1920 1929 Collection: R 101 Airship

R 101 Airship
circa 1929: A broadside view of the Airship R101, at its mooring mast at Cardington, Bedford. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Benito Mussolini Portrait 1925

Benito Mussolini Portrait 1925
12th November 1925: Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (1883 - 1945). (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Skinny-Dippers

Skinny-Dippers
A British policewoman chasing after a group of naked street boys by the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: White Horse Final

White Horse Final
Mounted policemen control the crowds overflowing onto the pitch before the FA Cup Final between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
circa 1925: English novelist Agatha Christie (1891 - 1976). (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1925: A view of the Hollywoodland sign erected to advertize a new housing developement, circa 1925 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Marylebone Station

Marylebone Station
June 1921: The interior of Marylebone station in London which belongs to the Great Central Railway. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Feathered Gown

Feathered Gown
A Norman Hartnell evening gown. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Fleet Street

Fleet Street
circa 1926: A busy day in Fleet Street, the home of many national newspapers. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Audience Of One

Audience Of One
circa 1926: A solitary member of the public seated in front of a band stand, listening to the brass band. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Nice Riviera

Nice Riviera
The Nice riviera, in southern France, April 1922. The seafront at the little town of Nice became known as " La Promenade des Anglais"

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds
1929: The British airship R-100 flies through a thick layer of cloud. She was scrapped after the crash of her sistership, the R-101, in 1930. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Airship R-101

Airship R-101
October 1929: Airship R101 passing over St Pauls Cathedral, London. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Non-Stop Scotsman

Non-Stop Scotsman
11th May 1928: The 150 ton LNER Pacific class locomotive Flying Scotsman, pulling the train of the same name, leaving Kings Cross Station in London on its first non-stop run to Edinburgh

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Astoria Cinema

Astoria Cinema
August 1929: Exterior of the Astoria Cinema, Brixton, south London. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce
9th October 1929: A Rolls-Royce on the race track at Brooklands. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Airship R 101

Airship R 101
1929: R101, a British airship, which was built in 1929 and was 221 metres (724 feet) long. The airship had dining, sleeping and recreational facilities for 100 passengers

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Billinsgate Porters

Billinsgate Porters
circa 1925: Fish porters at Billingsgate market with their flat hats which help them balance the crates on their heads. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Lonely Monument o Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton

Lonely Monument o Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton
circa 1922: The monument to Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton on the main island of South Georgia. He died of a heart attack and was buried there in 1922, having returned to the spot on the Quest

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Southampton Dock

Southampton Dock
20th June 1928: An aerial view of Southampton Dock. (Photo by Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Italian Dictator

Italian Dictator
November 1923: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883 - 1945), wearing a national malitia uniform. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Nottingham Victoria Railway Station

Nottingham Victoria Railway Station
A view of Nottingham Victoria railway station, April 1927. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: R-101 Airship in a hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire

R-101 Airship in a hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire
1929: The R101 airship in a hangar at Cardington in Bedfordshire. The R101 was 221 m (724 ft) long and had a gas capacity of 140 million litres (5 million cu ft)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Completed R100

Completed R100
HM Airship R100 nears completion at the Royal Naval Air Service Air Station near Howden in Yorkshire, November 1929. An extendable fire ladder is used to put the finishing touches to the linen fabric

Background image1920 1929 Collection: The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman
1929: The locomotive engine the Flying Scotsman leaving Kings Cross Station, London, for its 392-mile run to Scotland. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: R101 Airship

R101 Airship
2nd October 1929: An R101 Airship in its hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire. (Photo by Puttnam /Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova

Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova
Russian Ballet dancer Anna Pavlova (1882 - 1931), regarded as the prima ballerina of her era, wearing a pleated dress without a corset for complete freedom of movement

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Boat Race

Boat Race
3rd July 1929: Thames Rowing Club beating Courtenay Lodge Rowing Club in the Wyfold cup race on the first day of the Henley regatta in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Edward G)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Laconia

Laconia
1st April 1923: The Cunard ship Laconia at the dockside, Alexandria. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Barclay Vesey Art Deco Building

Barclay Vesey Art Deco Building
circa 1928: Exterior view of the Barclay Vesey Building, located at 140 West Street, New York City. The Art Deco building, designed by the architectural firm of McKenzie, Voorhees & Gmelin

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Luna Park lit up at night, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, 1920s

Luna Park lit up at night, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, 1920s. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Pavlova In Giselle

Pavlova In Giselle
Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (1882 - 1931) performs in a production of Giselle. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Airship

Airship
17th October 1929: The tail-end section of the giant airship R101, riding on the mooring mast at Cardigan, Bedford. The R101 was part of a British government programme to develop civil airships

Background image1920 1929 Collection: The Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge
circa 1927: A train going over the Forth Bridge. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison
Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931), American inventor of the carbon telephone transmitter (1877), phonograph (1878), and incandescent lamp with carbon filament (1879)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: New Imperial Airways Aircraft At Croydon

New Imperial Airways Aircraft At Croydon
An aerial view of the christening ceremony for five Handley Page airliners of Imperial Airways at Croydon Aerodrome, London, 30th March 1926

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Greenwich Paddlers

Greenwich Paddlers
1928: London children paddling in the Thames by the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Bus Driver

Bus Driver
March 1929: A set of instruments on a bus route survey vehicle for measuring distance, gradient and camber on roads used by the London General Omnibus Companys fleet of buses

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Shrunken Heads

Shrunken Heads
19th August 1925: Three specimen of shrunken heads all with long hair, prepared by the Macas Indians. (Photo by Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Dock Cranes

Dock Cranes
April 1921: Huge cranes tower over the George V docks in London. (Photo by Brooke/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Heckscher Building

Heckscher Building
circa 1925: Exterior view of the Heckscher building, located at 1230 Fifth Avenue and 104th Street, New York City. The building now houses El Museo del Barrio

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Macchi Varese

Macchi Varese
circa 1928: A record breaking plane, the Italian Macchi Varese Type 52 seaplane which won the 1926 Schneider Cup. It has a 12 cylinder A93 engine capable of 512 kilometres per hour

Background image1920 1929 Collection: Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd dog who featured in film, radio and television productions, circa 1928. This portrait was released as publicity for the film, Land of the Silver Fox



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Step back in time to the roaring twenties, a decade filled with innovation, glamour, and historical milestones. From the breathtaking view of Stamford Bridge to the grandeur of the Fifth Physics Congress Solvay in Brussels, 1927 was a year that showcased intellectual brilliance. The majestic HMS Hood stands tall as the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy, symbolizing Britain's naval power during this era. In the world of arts and culture, prima ballerina Anna Pavlova captivated audiences with her graceful performances. Her talent and dedication made her an icon of Russian ballet. Meanwhile, soaring through the skies was the R 101 Airship - a marvel of engineering that brought dreams of air travel closer to reality. Sports enthusiasts were enthralled by legendary boxer Jack Dempsey's matches as depicted on his iconic boxing poster. His strength and skill mesmerized crowds worldwide. On another note, literature lovers were captivated by Agatha Christie's gripping mysteries which continue to enthrall readers even today. The fashion scene dazzled with feathered gowns adorning glamorous women who embraced their newfound freedom after World War I. And amidst all these cultural landmarks stood one mighty locomotive - The Flying Scotsman 4472 - an illustration that represents progress and modernity in transportation. Speaking of transportation, canal systems played a vital role in connecting regions across British Isles as shown in lithographic depictions showcasing navigable rivers alongside canals bustling with activity. Political history took center stage too; Benito Mussolini emerged as a prominent figure during this period when he became Prime Minister of Italy in 1925. His portrait serves as a reminder of political shifts occurring around Europe at that time. Lastly, construction work on The Tyne Bridge commenced on February 27th, 1928 - an architectural masterpiece that would soon become an iconic landmark bridging communities together.