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1950 Collection

In the year 1950, the world was still recovering from the aftermath of World War II

Background image1950 Collection: Short Solent Passener Flying Boat - Victoria Falls - Zambesi

Short Solent Passener Flying Boat - Victoria Falls - Zambesi
A Short Solent Passenger Flying Boat (G-AHIN) close to the Victoria Falls on the Zambesi River - Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia). Date: circa 1949

Background image1950 Collection: WW2 poster, activities of 52 (Lowland) Division

WW2 poster, activities of 52 (Lowland) Division
Screen-print poster, published circa 1950, showing the activities of the 52nd Lowland Division during the Second World War, with a map of Northern Europe, and unit badges along the top and bottom

Background image1950 Collection: Map of Dartmoor

Map of Dartmoor
National Parks poster map of Dartmoor Date: circa 1950

Background image1950 Collection: JACKIE ROBINSON (1919-1972). John Roosevelt Robinson, known as Jackie. American baseball player

JACKIE ROBINSON (1919-1972). John Roosevelt Robinson, known as Jackie. American baseball player. As a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers

Background image1950 Collection: British submarines during 50 years

British submarines during 50 years
A sectional view of the British Navys first submarine, and the development of the British submarine from 1900 to 1950. The illustration does not show every type built but depicts some of the most

Background image1950 Collection: Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham

Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham
Aerial view of Shotley Bridge Hospital, County Durham. It was originally opened by the Gateshead Union in 1912 as a TB sanatorium (far right of picture)

Background image1950 Collection: CAMELS CIGARETTE AD, c1950. What Cigarette Do You Smoke, Doctor

CAMELS CIGARETTE AD, c1950. What Cigarette Do You Smoke, Doctor? Advertisement for Camel cigarettes from an American magazine, c1950

Background image1950 Collection: Harley Davidson Panhead Hydraglide Hotrod

Harley Davidson Panhead Hydraglide Hotrod

Background image1950 Collection: Map of the Lake District

Map of the Lake District
National Parks poster map of the Lake District Date: circa 1950

Background image1950 Collection: Fall / Deerhounds / 1950

Fall / Deerhounds / 1950
Miss Hartley with a group of eight Rotherwood deerhounds

Background image1950 Collection: Agatha Christie famous author of crime novels at her home in Winterbrook House

Agatha Christie famous author of crime novels at her home in Winterbrook House Wallingford Berkshire. Picture taken 1950

Background image1950 Collection: Ford V8 Pilot, 1950 Monte Carlo rally. Creator: Unknown

Ford V8 Pilot, 1950 Monte Carlo rally. Creator: Unknown
Ford V8 Pilot, 1950 Monte Carlo rally

Background image1950 Collection: Flower in her Hair by David Wright

Flower in her Hair by David Wright
Lovely pin-up by David Wright depicting a slender woman in a strapless black evening dress at her dressing table fixing a flower into her swept up hair. c.1950

Background image1950 Collection: England / Appledore

England / Appledore
Appledore, a quaint fishing village and seaport in North Devon, situated on the estuary of the River Torridge and Taw

Background image1950 Collection: Norton. Isle of Man TT

Norton. Isle of Man TT
500cc Norton racing at the Isle of Man TT, an annual motorcycle event run on the Isle of Man in May/June of most years since 1907. It regarded as one of the most dangerous racing events in the world

Background image1950 Collection: RIVERA, Diego (1886-1957). Totonaca Civilization

RIVERA, Diego (1886-1957). Totonaca Civilization. 1950. MEXICO. Mexico City. National Palace. Mexican Mural Painting. Fresco

Background image1950 Collection: Avro Vulcan

Avro Vulcan
Avro 698 Vulcan, British jet bomber Date: circa 1950

Background image1950 Collection: Bath Spa Station, Somerset, March 1950

Bath Spa Station, Somerset, March 1950
A view of the Tudor style facade of Bath Spa station in Somerset decorated for the visit of HRH Princess Elizabeth on 3rd May 1950

Background image1950 Collection: A smokey view with the typical scene of bottle ovens and kilns during the industrial

A smokey view with the typical scene of bottle ovens and kilns during the industrial period of Stoke on Trent - Pottery - Potteries - Pot Banks Picture taken circa 1950

Background image1950 Collection: TS Eliot

TS Eliot
Anglo-American poet TS Eliot (1888 - 1965). Naturalized British in 1927, Awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background image1950 Collection: Leominster Station, Herefordshire, 27th June 1950

Leominster Station, Herefordshire, 27th June 1950
A view of Leominster Station in Herefordshire, taken on 27th June 1950. The image shows the platforms, signals, footbridge and signal box

Background image1950 Collection: Joe Louis, 1936

Joe Louis, 1936
Photographic portrait of Joe Louis (1914-1981), the American heavyweight boxer, pictured in 1936. Louis was one of the finest ever boxers

Background image1950 Collection: Grimsby Street

Grimsby Street
A trolleybus and only two cars on Freeman Street, Grimsby, Humberside. Note the smartly-dressed pedestrians and litter-free street

Background image1950 Collection: MG TD 1950 White

MG TD 1950 White

Background image1950 Collection: Ballerina Margot Fonteyn

Ballerina Margot Fonteyn
New York, New York: September 15, 1950 Ballerina Margot Fonteyn in a production of Swan Lake

Background image1950 Collection: The battleship U. S. S. Missouri bombards Chong Ji, Korea, with 16-inch guns in October 1950

The battleship U. S. S. Missouri bombards Chong Ji, Korea, with 16-inch guns in October 1950
KOREAN WAR, 1950. The battleship " U.S.S. Missouri" bombards Chong Ji, Korea, with 16-inch guns in October 1950

Background image1950 Collection: Warpaint by David Wright

Warpaint by David Wright
An attractive woman wearing a fur stole that has slipped to reveal a shapely back, glances behind her as she applies her make up using a compact mirror. c.1950

Background image1950 Collection: The Land of Christmas Plays by Pauline Baynes

The Land of Christmas Plays by Pauline Baynes
Charming illustration showing a land populated by all the characters from Christmas plays and pantomimes including Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Robinson Crusoe

Background image1950 Collection: Quad-Ro-Bike at Butlin s

Quad-Ro-Bike at Butlin s
A Quad-ro-bike at a Butlins Holiday Camp

Background image1950 Collection: Pope Pius XII (Card)

Pope Pius XII (Card)
POPE PIUS XII (Eugenio Pacelli) in 1950

Background image1950 Collection: Senora De Fatima

Senora De Fatima
Nuestra Senora De Fatima

Background image1950 Collection: Wall mural revolution at Belfast

Wall mural revolution at Belfast
Belfast. Wall mural 1950 - Fifty years of revolution 2009. Date: 2011

Background image1950 Collection: Mediums / Leonora Piper

Mediums / Leonora Piper
LEONORA PIPER American medium Date: 1859 - 1950

Background image1950 Collection: The Rehearsal

The Rehearsal (1950). Luke, John 1906-1975. Date: 1950

Background image1950 Collection: Pebble Beach Golf Course

Pebble Beach Golf Course
Pebble Beach, California: c. 1950. The seventh hole at Pebble Beach Golf Course

Background image1950 Collection: Silhouettes of the Chase by H. L. Oakley

Silhouettes of the Chase by H. L. Oakley
Two silhouettes cut by H. L. Oakley showing scenes from a hunt. The first shows the hunt meeting at a village pub, while the second shows them at full stretch galloping across countryside

Background image1950 Collection: Union Workhouse, Sleaford, Lincolnshire

Union Workhouse, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
An aerial view of the Sleaford Union workhouse. Designed by William J Donthorn, the building was erected in 1837-8 on East Gate in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. The site later became known as Slea View

Background image1950 Collection: Congleton Union Workhouse, Arclid, Cheshire

Congleton Union Workhouse, Arclid, Cheshire
Aerial view of Congleton Union workhouse at Arclid, Sandbach, Cheshire. The building, erected in 1844-5, was designed by Henry Bowman. It later became Arclid Hospital

Background image1950 Collection: Grimsby Street

Grimsby Street
Busy scene at the Old Market Place and Corn Exchange at Grimsby, Humberside, England

Background image1950 Collection: Map of the North Yorks Moors

Map of the North Yorks Moors
National Parks poster map of the North Yorks Moors Date: circa 1950

Background image1950 Collection: Covent Garden Market

Covent Garden Market
Crates of fresh fruit and vegetables from Norfolk etc. being unloaded in the morning at Covent Garden market, central London. Date: circa 1950

Background image1950 Collection: LFB at 25 pump fire, warehouse in Fulham

LFB at 25 pump fire, warehouse in Fulham
LFB firefighters in action at a fire in Fulham, where 100 tons of paraffin wax ignited in a riverside warehouse. The major blaze required 25 pumps

Background image1950 Collection: Pilot ACE computer, 1950

Pilot ACE computer, 1950
Pilot ACE computer. Control panel of the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) pilot model. This was a preliminary version of the full ACE design

Background image1950 Collection: CHINA: COMMUNIST POSTER. Give everything for your country! Chinese Communist Party poster from 1950

CHINA: COMMUNIST POSTER. Give everything for your country! Chinese Communist Party poster from 1950

Background image1950 Collection: Aston Martin DB2 Team Car

Aston Martin DB2 Team Car

Background image1950 Collection: Motor / Ferry Car

Motor / Ferry Car
A ferry car taking people to and from Burgh Island off the Devon coastline

Background image1950 Collection: Oast Houses and Kiln

Oast Houses and Kiln
Hop oast houses and kiln, Kent, England

Background image1950 Collection: Larkswood Lido

Larkswood Lido
Two glamorous girls in bathing costumes and high heels surveying the scene at Larkswood open air swimming pool, Chingford, Essex



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In the year 1950, the world was still recovering from the aftermath of World War II. A powerful reminder of this turbulent time can be seen in a captivating WW2 poster that serves as a poignant symbol of resilience and unity. Meanwhile, in Shotley Bridge General Hospital located in County Durham, dedicated medical professionals were tirelessly working to heal and care for those affected by the war. Their unwavering commitment to saving lives is truly commendable. On a lighter note, adventure seekers flocked to Dartmoor armed with maps, ready to explore its breathtaking landscapes. The map of Dartmoor became their trusted companion as they embarked on thrilling expeditions and created unforgettable memories. Across the Atlantic Ocean, Jackie Robinson made history as an American baseball player. His iconic moment stealing home under catcher Andy Seminick's tag during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shibe Park showcased his exceptional skills and cemented his legacy in sports history. Back in Britain, British submarines silently patrolled beneath treacherous waters for over 50 years. These silent guardians ensured national security while remaining hidden from prying eyes. The Ford V8 Pilot participated in the exhilarating 1950 Monte Carlo rally, leaving spectators awestruck with its power and speed. Its creator may remain unknown but their creation left an indelible mark on automotive enthusiasts worldwide. Motorcycle enthusiasts reveled in the sleek design of Harley Davidson Panhead Hydraglide Hotrod bikes. These two-wheeled marvels roared through streets capturing attention wherever they went - true symbols of freedom and rebellion. Nature lovers found solace amidst tranquil beauty when exploring England's Lake District using a trusty map guiding them through picturesque trails and enchanting vistas that seemed straight out of a fairytale. In Appledore village nestled along England's coastlines, locals embraced their maritime heritage with pride as fishing boats sailed gracefully across azure waters - reminding us all of the timeless connection between communities and the sea.