Flying Officer W E Johns - Biggles stories in Modern Boy
Advertisement in The Modern Boy magazine for the forthcoming series of stories written by Flying Officer W. E. Johns concerning the wartime adventures of Captain James Bigglesworth, known to his comrades as Biggles. William Earl Johns (5 February 1893 21 June 1968) was an English pilot and writer of adventure stories, usually written under the pen name Captain W. E. Johns. He is best remembered as the creator of the ace pilot and adventurer Biggles. Date: 1932
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circa 1895: British writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930), creator of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Doyle studied medicine at Edinburgh University and practised as a physician during the 2nd Boer War. He started publishing short stories in 1879 while working as a doctor in Southsea. The Sherlock Holmes stories were serialised in The Strand magazine and proved so popular that Doyle felt pressurized to revive the character after the detective had plunged to his death over a waterfall. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
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George Bernard Shaw
30th July 1949: 93-year-old Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) sitting in his neighbour's garden in Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire. This is one of the last pictures taken of him before his death. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4846 - What's He Up To Now ? - pub. 1949 (Photo by Felix Man/Picture Post/Getty Images)