Gas pillar in the Eagle nebula
Gas pillar in the Eagle nebula (M16), Hubble Space Telescope image. This is a 9.5-light-year-tall pillar of cold gas and dust silhouetted against a bright emission nebula. The dense pockets of dust and gas in this pillar may be in the process of condensing into stars. The upper part of the pillar is glowing as it is heated and compressed by radiation from hot young stars out of frame at upper left. The colours here come from ionised gases; the blue from oxygen and the orange from hydrogen. The Eagle nebula lies around 7000 light years from Earth in the constellation Serpens Cauda. This image was taken in November 2004 by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on the HST.
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Lloyd George's Maternity Insurance Benefit
In the early twentieth century a free National Health Service did not yet exist and the poor could not usually afford medical services. To help address this, the Liberal Government under David Lloyd George introduced the National Insurance Act in 1911. This included maternity benefit of 30 shillings (1.50), as illustrated here in this surprisingly positive political postcard! Date: 1911
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Princess Alice and Victoria of Hesse
Princess Alice (1843-1878), second daughter and third child of Queen Victoria, pictured in Scotland with her eldest child, Princess Victoria of Hesse. Alice, who lived in the German Duchy of Hesse with her husband Grand Duke Louis, went home to give birth to her first child. Victoria, the grandmother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born on 5th April 1863 with Queen Victoria on hand to give comfort and reassurance.
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