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1941 Collection

In the year 1941, amidst the chaos of war and the shifting tides of history, a myriad of events unfolded that left an indelible mark on our collective memory

Background image1941 Collection: Mr Foxs Hunt Breakfast on Christmas Day

Mr Foxs Hunt Breakfast on Christmas Day
Mr Foxs Hunt Breakfast by Harry Bingham Nielson (1861-1941), showing a group of foxes dressed in hunting garb, sitting down to a breakfast of game birds

Background image1941 Collection: HMS Hood, British battlecruiser

HMS Hood, British battlecruiser
HMS Hood, a British Admiral-class battlecruiser, launched 1918, served before and during the Second World War, sunk 24 May 1941. Seen here from above. Date: 20th century

Background image1941 Collection: HMS Suffolk

HMS Suffolk, heavy cruiser, the ship that shadowed the Bismarck by maintaining radar contact from the evening of 23rd May 1941 for 31 long hours until the early morning of 25th May

Background image1941 Collection: The Sinking of the Bismarck

The Sinking of the Bismarck
The sinking of the German Battleship Bismarck. In response to sinking the HMS Hood, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the order to " Sink the Bismarck"

Background image1941 Collection: Warship Hms Hood

Warship Hms Hood
HMS Hood, completed in 1920, was the worlds largest warship for more than two decades. She was finally sunk by the Bismarck in 1941 at the Battle of Denmark Strait

Background image1941 Collection: H. M. S. Warspite

H. M. S. Warspite
An overhead view of H.M.S.Warspite during the Battle of Cape Matapan. Warspite was a veteran British Queen Elizabeth class battleship which had taken part in the Battle of Jutland in World War I

Background image1941 Collection: WOLFMAN, 1941. Lon Chaney, Jr. in the title role of The Wolfman, 1941

WOLFMAN, 1941. Lon Chaney, Jr. in the title role of The Wolfman, 1941

Background image1941 Collection: The Stuka Advertised

The Stuka Advertised
Junkers JU-87 Stuka dive- bombers featured in an advertisement exploiting their sinister shape and fearsome reputation Date: February 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Tagore

Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

Background image1941 Collection: Deborah Mitford by Madame Yevonde

Deborah Mitford by Madame Yevonde
The Hon. Deborah ( Debo ) Mitford (born 1920-), daughter of Lord Redesdale and youngest of the six Mitford sisters, pictured shortly before her marriage to Lord Andrew Cavendish

Background image1941 Collection: Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber; Second World War, 1941

Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber; Second World War, 1941
Painting showing a Fleet Air Arm Fairey Swordfish torpedo-bomber-reconnaissance airplane flying over a British destroyer (bottom centre) and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (back right), 1941

Background image1941 Collection: British aircraft camouflage, 1941

British aircraft camouflage, 1941
British aircraft camouflage, showing how the colours appear to merge into their surroundings, 1941. Date: 1941. Aircraft include Blenheim Bomber, Hudson Bomber, Wellington Bomber, Skua Bomber

Background image1941 Collection: HMS Duke of York firing a broadside; Second World War

HMS Duke of York firing a broadside; Second World War
Photograph showing the Royal Navy battleship HMS Duke of York firing her 14-inch guns, whilst heavy seas break over her bows, sometime during the Second World War

Background image1941 Collection: Geological map of the British Islands

Geological map of the British Islands. 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill inspecting the damage to the House of Commons after an attack during the Blitz

Background image1941 Collection: WW2 poster, Fly with the RAF

WW2 poster, Fly with the RAF
WW2 poster, Men in reserved occupations can now fly with the RAF as pilot or observer. Apply nearest combined recruiting centre. Date: 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Bismarck, German battleship, WW2

Bismarck, German battleship, WW2
The German battleship, Bismarck. The ship was sunk on 27 May 1941 in battle with British naval forces. Date: 1941

Background image1941 Collection: CHICAGO: CHILDREN, 1941. Children jumping rope outside of an apartment building

CHICAGO: CHILDREN, 1941. Children jumping rope outside of an apartment building on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. Photograph by Edwin Rosskam, April 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Virginia Woolf 1930

Virginia Woolf 1930
VIRGINIA WOOLF English novelist

Background image1941 Collection: British Boxer Freddie Mills - signed postcard from 1941

British Boxer Freddie Mills - signed postcard from 1941
Frederick Percival ( Freddie ) Mills (1919-1965) - English boxer, and the world light heavyweight champion from 1948 to 1950

Background image1941 Collection: The Strand, Calne, Wiltshire

The Strand, Calne, Wiltshire
The Strand, Calne, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. Date: 1941

Background image1941 Collection: WW2 poster, The British Commonwealth of Nations Together

WW2 poster, The British Commonwealth of Nations Together. 1941

Background image1941 Collection: H. M. S. Warspite

H. M. S. Warspite
A view of the bridge of H.M.S. Warspite, from where, as his flagship, Admiral Andrew Cunningham oversaw the Royal Naval actions during the engagement with the Italian Navy at the Battle of Cape

Background image1941 Collection: Italy, Venice, Antipope

Italy, Venice, Antipope
Max Ernst (1891-1976), The Antipope, 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Blitz in Plymouth -- St Andrews Parish Church, WW2

Blitz in Plymouth -- St Andrews Parish Church, WW2
Blitz in Plymouth -- the smouldering remains of St Andrews Parish Church, bombed and badly damaged in March 1941. The church was restored, and reconsecrated in November 1957

Background image1941 Collection: World War II themed Coca-Cola advertisement poster, 1941

World War II themed Coca-Cola advertisement poster, 1941
COCA-COLA AD, 1941. World War II themed Coca-Cola advertisement poster, 1941

Background image1941 Collection: CITIZEN KANE. 1941. Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane, 1941

CITIZEN KANE. 1941. Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane, 1941, which Welles also directed

Background image1941 Collection: HMS RODNEY

HMS RODNEY
British battleship whose finest hour will come in May 1941 when her accurate gunfire is the crucial factor in the sinking of the German warship Bismarck Date: 1927 - 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Winston Churchill in Bristol, 1941

Winston Churchill in Bristol, 1941
Winston Churchill visits bomb-damaged Bristol on 12th April 1941, during World War Two. Date: 12th April 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Singapore, bastion in the East, by G. H. Davis

Singapore, bastion in the East, by G. H. Davis
Britains great bastion in the East: Singapore, stubborn obstacle to Japans ambitious projects in Southern Asia during the Second World War

Background image1941 Collection: WW2 Aircraft - A Spitfire and Heinkel 111K

WW2 Aircraft - A Spitfire and Heinkel 111K
WW2 - Engagement in the air between a German Heinkel 111K long-range bomber and an RAF Spitfire, which has secured a hit. Date: circa 1941

Background image1941 Collection: WW2 - Chef cooking in a bombed-out street - Blitz, London

WW2 - Chef cooking in a bombed-out street - Blitz, London
WW2 - His restaurant and kitchen destroyed by German bombing, a Chef continues to cook al fresco in a bombed-out street - Blitz, London. Date: circa 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases, Wanted for Sneezing.. Date: circa 1940

Background image1941 Collection: AFS despatch rider and messenger, WW2

AFS despatch rider and messenger, WW2
An AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) despatch rider and messenger on a motorbike at an LFS sub-station during the Second World War

Background image1941 Collection: BOXING MATCH, 1941. Match between Lou Nova and Pat Comiskey at Madison Square Garden, New York, 1941

BOXING MATCH, 1941. Match between Lou Nova and Pat Comiskey at Madison Square Garden, New York, 1941

Background image1941 Collection: WORLD SERIES, 1941. A view of the action at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

WORLD SERIES, 1941. A view of the action at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York, during Game 3 of the 1941 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers (in the field) and the New York Yankees

Background image1941 Collection: Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife Hermine

Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife Hermine
Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941)pictured with his second wife, Princess Hermine Reuss (1887-1947)

Background image1941 Collection: DREADNOUGHT HOAX

DREADNOUGHT HOAX
VIRGINIA WOOLF as a young woman, with Duncan Grant, Adrian Stephen, Anthony Buxton, Guy Ridley and Horace Cole as " The Emperor of Abyssinia and His Suite"

Background image1941 Collection: Baden-Powell / Chief Scout

Baden-Powell / Chief Scout
LORD ROBERT STEPHENSON SMYTH BADEN-POWELL English army and Chief scout

Background image1941 Collection: Texas Longhorns with steer mascot, USA

Texas Longhorns with steer mascot, USA
Texas Longhorns (American football team) with their mascot Big Boy, a Longhorn steer), Austin, Texas, USA. Date: 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Women of Britain, Come into the Factories. British poster recruiting women for munitions work

Women of Britain, Come into the Factories. British poster recruiting women for munitions work during World War II
WWII: BRITISH POSTER. Women of Britain, Come into the Factories. British poster recruiting women for munitions work during World War II, by Donald Zec, c1941

Background image1941 Collection: A Library Study of Salvador Dali

A Library Study of Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali (1904-1989) is seated at a desk for a library study of the surrealist artist as an author. At the time he was working on his book The Secret Life of Salvador Dali

Background image1941 Collection: RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2

RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2
RAF Poster, Back Them Up!, showing a raid by Hudson planes of the Coastal Command on German shipping at Aalesund, Norway, during the Second World War, in which eleven ships were hit. 1941

Background image1941 Collection: CHICAGO: BARBER SHOP, 1941. A barbershop in the Black Belt section of Chicago, Illinois

CHICAGO: BARBER SHOP, 1941. A barbershop in the Black Belt section of Chicago, Illinois. Photograph by Edwin Rosskam, April 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Captain Charles Upham

Captain Charles Upham
Portrait of double VC winner, Captain Charles Upham (). Born in New Zealand, Upham was a sheep farmer who distinguished himself during World War Two on two occasions

Background image1941 Collection: RAF Bristol Blenheim Fighter-Bombers; Second World War, 19

RAF Bristol Blenheim Fighter-Bombers; Second World War, 19
Illustration showing three Royal Air Force Bristol Blenheim mark IV fighter-bomber-reconnaissance airplanes over enemy territory in 1941

Background image1941 Collection: V for Victory. US World War Two propaganda postcard

V for Victory. US World War Two propaganda postcard
V for Victory. World War Two propaganda postcard: United We Stand - featuring a backdrop of stripes from the American flag. The card also features the morse codes symbols for the letter v. Date: 1941

Background image1941 Collection: Blitz in London -- bomb disposal at Charing Cross

Blitz in London -- bomb disposal at Charing Cross
Blitz in London -- soldiers using a trolley to remove a land mine on Hungerford Railway Bridge, Charing Cross, on 17 April 1941



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In the year 1941, amidst the chaos of war and the shifting tides of history, a myriad of events unfolded that left an indelible mark on our collective memory. From Mr Fox's Hunt Breakfast on Christmas Day to the sinking of warship HMS Hood, this was a time when both joy and tragedy coexisted. The Wolfman prowled onto screens in 1941, with Lon Chaney Jr. Embodying the title role in this iconic horror film. Meanwhile, battleships like H. M. S. Warspite and H. M. S. Suffolk sailed through treacherous waters as they fought valiantly for their countries. One cannot forget the haunting image of British battlecruiser HMS Hood succumbing to its fate during a fierce naval encounter or the resolute firing of broadsides by HMS Duke of York during World War II. As we bid farewell to old ways and embraced new beginnings, artist David Wright captured this sentiment perfectly in his artwork "Off with the Old, On with the New. " It symbolized hope amidst uncertainty. Amidst these turbulent times, advertisements showcased technological advancements such as The Stuka bomber or Fairey Swordfish Torpedo-Bomber - powerful machines that played pivotal roles in shaping history. Even amidst turmoil, beauty still found its way into our lives. Deborah Mitford's ethereal portrait by Madame Yevonde reminds us that even in dark times there is room for elegance and grace, a year filled with triumphs and tragedies; it encapsulated humanity's resilience against adversity while reminding us that artistry can flourish even amid chaos.