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1956 Collection

In 1956, a pivotal year in history, the world witnessed remarkable events and cultural icons that left an indelible mark on society

Background image1956 Collection: Monaco Grand Prix Poster - 1956

Monaco Grand Prix Poster - 1956
Monaco Grand Prix Poster - 13th May 1956. The race was won by Stirling Moss in a Maserati. 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Marilyn Monroe July 1956 Actress Pictured sitting on a chair in hotel foyer for

Marilyn Monroe July 1956 Actress Pictured sitting on a chair in hotel foyer for Daily Mirror Feature by Donald Zec arms behind head seated

Background image1956 Collection: American civil rights advocate. Parks sits at the front of a public bus (formerly whites only)

American civil rights advocate. Parks sits at the front of a public bus (formerly whites only ) in Montgomery, Alabama
ROSA PARKS (1913-2005). American civil rights advocate. Parks sits at the front of a public bus (formerly whites only ) in Montgomery, Alabama, 21 December 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Stories of the Old Testament by Pauline Baynes

Stories of the Old Testament by Pauline Baynes
Twenty seven different stories from the Old Testament symbolised in one illustration by Pauline Baynes. How many can you spot? Key to characters and stories is on page 34 of Holly Leaves

Background image1956 Collection: Poster advertising Aegean cruises

Poster advertising Aegean cruises around the Greek islands, including Skiathos, Delos, Skyros, Milos and Mykonos

Background image1956 Collection: Ford F100 pickup truck 1956 Blue metallic

Ford F100 pickup truck 1956 Blue metallic

Background image1956 Collection: Robbie the Robot from film Forbidden Planet

Robbie the Robot from film Forbidden Planet
Robbie the Robot. from MGM film " Forbidden Planet", 1956

Background image1956 Collection: The Queens Visit to Abingdon, 2nd November 1956

The Queens Visit to Abingdon, 2nd November 1956
This photograph shows H.M. The Queen on her visit to Abingdon in Oxfordshire on 2nd November 1956. The mayor is leading her majesty out of the station where several military personnel are lined up

Background image1956 Collection: Cunard Line poster

Cunard Line poster -- The largest passenger fleet on the Atlantic. Showing the fleet of ships, led by the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary, together with a key, November 1956. Date: 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations
Illuminations on the promenade at Blackpool, Lancashire. Blackpool Tower is in the centre

Background image1956 Collection: Polish poster for a film, The Warsaw Mermaid

Polish poster for a film, The Warsaw Mermaid, directed by Tadeusz Makarczynski, based on a local legend. 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5

Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5, 25 February 1956. An escape ladder is extended to the second floor, with Sub Officer Kirby of A9 Fulham carrying a 19-month-old child

Background image1956 Collection: Tatler front cover 1956

Tatler front cover 1956
Front cover design in a typical 1950s style for The Tatler Early Spring Number. A woman wearing a voluminous checked blouse has a moment to herself while surrounded by lilac blossom

Background image1956 Collection: The Queen reviews the Grenadier Guards

The Queen reviews the Grenadier Guards
At the tercentenary parade of the Grenadier Guards at Windsor, the Queen turns to speak to Colonel Sir Thomas Butler, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment. Date: 1956

Background image1956 Collection: SHAKESPEARE: RICHARD III. Laurence Olivier in the title role of the 1956 film production of

SHAKESPEARE: RICHARD III. Laurence Olivier in the title role of the 1956 film production of William Shakespeares Richard III

Background image1956 Collection: Physical education, netball

Physical education, netball
Four girls playing netball, one tall girl takes a shot, the others await the rebound. Did she score?...we ll never know

Background image1956 Collection: Advertisement for a book about flying saucers

Advertisement for a book about flying saucers
An advertisement for a book by Gray Barker, They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers, suggesting cover-ups, conspiracy and paranoia surrounding UFO sightings

Background image1956 Collection: Dolphin Square Gardens, looking North - Pimlico, London

Dolphin Square Gardens, looking North - Pimlico, London. Date: 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Aston Martin DB3S, Stirling Moss in paddock at Goodwood International Sports Car Race 1956

Aston Martin DB3S, Stirling Moss in paddock at Goodwood International Sports Car Race 1956

Background image1956 Collection: English Electric Canberra B(I)8 for 2nd TAF at RAF Wildenrat

English Electric Canberra B(I)8 for 2nd TAF at RAF Wildenrat
New equipment for NATO. A newly arrived English Electric Canberra B(I)8 for 2nd TAF at RAF Wildenrath in 1956. Date: 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Police and Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC

Police and Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC
Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade attending a fire at Chelsea FC. This photograph by Sub-Inspector C R C Turner shows Inspector A J Jones (Officer in Charge) and others at Walham Green

Background image1956 Collection: Bertolt Brecht / Photo

Bertolt Brecht / Photo
BERTOLT BRECHT German writer

Background image1956 Collection: Actress Diana Dors surrounded by autograph hunters at Cannes Film Festival

Actress Diana Dors surrounded by autograph hunters at Cannes Film Festival May 1956

Background image1956 Collection: 1956 Winter Olympic Games at Cortina d Ampezzo in Italy

1956 Winter Olympic Games at Cortina d Ampezzo in Italy. British Olympic Team parade through town during the opening ceremony

Background image1956 Collection: Fashion for 1956

Fashion for 1956
A bolero and dress of lightweight wool georgette with all accessories from Debenham and Freebody, is a spring winner. The bolero

Background image1956 Collection: Clement Davies

Clement Davies (1884-1962) English politician and leader of the Liberal Party from 1945-1956, seen here at the Liberal Election press conference on the 3rd October 1951

Background image1956 Collection: Calder Hall Power Stn

Calder Hall Power Stn
Calder Hall Nuclear Power Station, Cumbria, England, Britains first, it opened in 1956. The first in the world to produce electricity on a commercial scale. Closed 2003

Background image1956 Collection: Brangwyn at Work

Brangwyn at Work
SIR FRANK BRANGWYN artist, sketched working

Background image1956 Collection: Medium / Helen Duncan

Medium / Helen Duncan
HELEN DUNCAN Portrait of the spirit medium circa 1940

Background image1956 Collection: Ufos / Books / Barker

Ufos / Books / Barker
Jacket of Gray Barkers They knew too much about Flying Saucers

Background image1956 Collection: Handley Page HP-80 Victor

Handley Page HP-80 Victor
RAF Handley Page Hp-80 Victor Landing at Radlett with Drag-Chutes Deployed Date: 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
Dame Agatha Christie (1891-1976) English novelist and crime fiction writer, pictured in caricature as a figure looming over a rather humorous crime scene

Background image1956 Collection: Front cover from The Sketch

Front cover from The Sketch
Front cover illustration from The Sketch showing a couple relaxing on the beach

Background image1956 Collection: JACQUES COUSTEAU (1910-1997). French oceanographer. Driving his underwater electric scooter in a

JACQUES COUSTEAU (1910-1997). French oceanographer. Driving his underwater electric scooter in a scene from his film The Silent World, filmed in 1954-55 and released in 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Tommy Dorsey / Postcard

Tommy Dorsey / Postcard
TOMMY DORSEY Jazz musician

Background image1956 Collection: Schweitzer / Postcard 1956

Schweitzer / Postcard 1956
ALBERT SCHWEITZER French theologian, philosopher, missionary physician and music scholar with his antelopes at Lambarene, Africa Date: 1875 - 1965

Background image1956 Collection: Young people enjoying the warm spring time sunshine at the Jesus Green, Cambridge

Young people enjoying the warm spring time sunshine at the Jesus Green, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, open air swimming pool. May 1958

Background image1956 Collection: Miss Jennifer Stratton

Miss Jennifer Stratton
Cover of The Tatler featuring Miss Jennifer Stratton, one of the debutantes of 1956, wearing the dress in which she attended Queen Charlottes Ball. She is the daughter of Major and Mrs F.J. Stratton

Background image1956 Collection: USA, Oklahoma, Bartlesville, Price Tower, only skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

USA, Oklahoma, Bartlesville, Price Tower, only skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, built in 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Maiden Newton Station, Dorset, 1956

Maiden Newton Station, Dorset, 1956
A view of Maiden Newton station in Dorset, 1956, showing locomotive No. 1467 at the platform. The station opened in 1857 on the main line

Background image1956 Collection: Suez Crisis 1956 British civillians evacuated from Egypt arrive at Southampton by

Suez Crisis 1956 British civillians evacuated from Egypt arrive at Southampton by flying boat H7317

Background image1956 Collection: Marilyn Monroe in London July 1956

Marilyn Monroe in London July 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise Comedians wearng rebel uniforms

Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise Comedians wearng rebel uniforms

Background image1956 Collection: The Lobster Pot, Mousehole, Cornwall

The Lobster Pot, Mousehole, Cornwall
The Lobster Pot, Mousehole, Penzance, near Newlyn, Cornwall, England. Date: 1956

Background image1956 Collection: MELISSA HAYDEN (1923-2006). Canadian ballerina. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1956

MELISSA HAYDEN (1923-2006). Canadian ballerina. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1956

Background image1956 Collection: Ford Consul, 1956, Green, light

Ford Consul, 1956, Green, light
Ford Consul 1956 Green light

Background image1956 Collection: Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Coupe, 1956, Beige

Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Coupe, 1956, Beige
Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Coupe 1956 Beige

Background image1956 Collection: The Queen salutes on horseback

The Queen salutes on horseback
The Queen salutes whilst taking part in the Birthday Parade at Buckingham Palace after the ceremonial Trooping of the Colour. She wears the uniform of the Grenadier Guards. Date: 1956



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In 1956, a pivotal year in history, the world witnessed remarkable events and cultural icons that left an indelible mark on society. American civil rights advocate Rosa Parks fearlessly took her seat at the front of a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, challenging segregation and igniting a movement for equality. Seated behind her was reporter Nicholas C. Criss, capturing this powerful moment that would forever change the course of history. Meanwhile, as people dreamt of exploration and adventure, posters showcasing glamorous travel options emerged. The Cunard Line poster beckoned travelers to embark on luxurious voyages across vast oceans. The Monaco Grand Prix Poster enticed adrenaline junkies with promises of thrilling races through picturesque streets. For those seeking relaxation amidst stunning landscapes, an Aegean cruise was advertised as the perfect escape from everyday life. And while some embarked on physical journeys, others delved into captivating stories within the pages of "Stories of the Old Testament" by Pauline Baynes. On the roads of America, a Ford F100 pickup truck painted in mesmerizing blue metallic captured attention with its rugged charm and reliability. This iconic vehicle became synonymous with hard work and determination. Across continents, royalty graced towns during momentous visits - such as Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Abingdon on November 2nd - symbolizing unity and tradition amidst changing times. Bright lights illuminated Blackpool as tourists flocked to witness its enchanting annual display known as Blackpool Illuminations - a spectacle that brought joy to all who beheld it. In popular culture, Robbie the Robot from "Forbidden Planet" captivated audiences' imaginations with his futuristic allure and technological marvels. Magazines like Tatler adorned their covers with elegance and sophistication reminiscent of an era defined by gracefulness and refinement.