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Communications Collection

"Unveiling the Art of Communications: From Flags to Phones and Beyond" Step into a world where messages transcend time and space

Background imageCommunications Collection: A Postman in Germany delivering a letter, late 19th century (colour litho)

A Postman in Germany delivering a letter, late 19th century (colour litho)
488635 A Postman in Germany delivering a letter, late 19th century (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCommunications Collection: Poster, Night Mail

Poster, Night Mail, quoting part of the poem by W H Auden written for and narrated in the documentary film of the same name (1936). circa 1930s

Background imageCommunications Collection: Bookbinding Tools 1875

Bookbinding Tools 1875
Various tools used in bookbinding, including a pair of compasses, a mallet, presses, a knife, a set square, needle and thread, and a gouge

Background imageCommunications Collection: Flags used for Nelsons famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805

Flags used for Nelsons famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. The flags used by Lieutenant Pasco aboard HMS Victory to send the message England expects that every man will do his duty

Background imageCommunications Collection: Police Public Call Box in the snow, London

Police Public Call Box in the snow, London
A Police Public Call Box, on a London street on a snowy day. The Metropolitan Police introduced police boxes throughout the London area between 1928 and 1937

Background imageCommunications Collection: Bakelite telephone

Bakelite telephone. Dial telephone with bakelite casing. Bakelite, the first plastic to be used for widespread commercial purposes

Background imageCommunications Collection: The Palace of Versailles, Paris, France, early 20th century

The Palace of Versailles, Paris, France, early 20th century

Background imageCommunications Collection: Bookbinding Workshop

Bookbinding Workshop
A bookbinders workshop, with the finished products in a domestic scene over on the right

Background imageCommunications Collection: Flags of Royal Navy

Flags of Royal Navy
Some of the signal flags of Royal Navy including the Royal Standard, White Ensign, Union Jack

Background imageCommunications Collection: Large circular aerial at RAF Chicksands, a communications centre operated by the U

Large circular aerial at RAF Chicksands, a communications centre operated by the U.S. Air Force, near Shefford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCommunications Collection: Codex Troano - 1

Codex Troano - 1
Part of a Calendar used by Maya priests, depicting gods and symbolic creatures Plate xx

Background imageCommunications Collection: Marconi radio apparatus

Marconi radio apparatus
Marconi radio equipment on a ship. The equipment includes headphones and a Morse code key (lower centre). The equipment is labelled (left-right)

Background imageCommunications Collection: Ms - Lindisfarne Gospel

Ms - Lindisfarne Gospel
Illumination from the Lindisfarne Gospels or Gospels of Saint Cuthbert (page facing the Gospel of Saint John)

Background imageCommunications Collection: Drawings and Cross section of the Iron Bridge constructed in 1779 at Coalbrookdale

Drawings and Cross section of the Iron Bridge constructed in 1779 at Coalbrookdale
CHT289161 Drawings and Cross section of the Iron Bridge constructed in 1779 at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, England, 1784 (pen, ink & w/c on paper) by French School

Background imageCommunications Collection: Jewish Scroll Ms

Jewish Scroll Ms
A carved Esther scroll case depicting the story of Purim. This is a Jewish manuscript from Eastern Europe

Background imageCommunications Collection: Postman on Pennyfarthing

Postman on Pennyfarthing
A postman on a penny farthing delivers a parcel to a woman dressed in a long coat with fur trim

Background imageCommunications Collection: Writing / Shorthand Pitman

Writing / Shorthand Pitman
Shorthand writing: an example of Pitmans system, boasting that Fortune magazine has gained over 100, 000 subscribers in five short years

Background imageCommunications Collection: Alexandria Library

Alexandria Library
Scholars examine the scrolls of the library of Alexandria, the greatest collection of the ancient world, burnt in 47 and finally destroyed by Moslem general Amrou 22 December 640

Background imageCommunications Collection: Ancient Arabic Alphabet

Ancient Arabic Alphabet
Different types of ancient Arabic alphabets Date: Circa 1760

Background imageCommunications Collection: Daily Telegraph - printing room 1900

Daily Telegraph - printing room 1900
Daily Telegraph, printing room in Fleet Street, London. Date: 1900

Background imageCommunications Collection: Bodinnick. Fowey, c1930

Bodinnick. Fowey, c1930. From Six Latest Views of Fowey. [Harvey Barton, Aberdeen and Bristol, c1930]

Background imageCommunications Collection: British Army messager pigeon service

British Army messager pigeon service
Taking birds out: to the trenches by despatch-riders to let the pigeons fly for training. Regular going and coming supply service of birds between the pigeon homing lofts at Divisional

Background imageCommunications Collection: Alphabet & Typography

Alphabet & Typography
The Ancient Japanese alphabet Date: Circa 1760

Background imageCommunications Collection: Sumatran Tiger - with mouth wide open _C3A1592

Sumatran Tiger - with mouth wide open _C3A1592
TOM-1640 Sumatran Tiger - with mouth wide open Panthera tigris sumatrae Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageCommunications Collection: FRANKLIN'S WRITING

FRANKLIN'S WRITING
Document transcribed by Sir John Franklin stating that H.M.S Erebus & Terror wintered in the ice at Beechey Island. Informs of his death & signed by Capt.s Crozier & Fitzjames. Date: 28 May 1847

Background imageCommunications Collection: The four wooden Marconi wireless towers at Poldhu, Mullion, Cornwall. Before 1912

The four wooden Marconi wireless towers at Poldhu, Mullion, Cornwall. Before 1912
A view of the four wooden 200ft Marconi towers at Poldhu, built by early 1902, showing the guide wires and signal station buildings. View from across the beach at Poldhu

Background imageCommunications Collection: Yost Light Running Typewriter No. 15

Yost Light Running Typewriter No. 15
A Yost Light Running Typewriter No.15. Date: 1910

Background imageCommunications Collection: One of the first letter boxes erected in London at the corner of Fleet Street and Farringdon Street

One of the first letter boxes erected in London at the corner of Fleet Street and Farringdon Street. Wood engraving from The Illustrated London News, 24 March 1855

Background imageCommunications Collection: Red Telephone Box in London

Red Telephone Box in London, England

Background imageCommunications Collection: Brunels SS Great Eastern, Milford Haven, South Wales

Brunels SS Great Eastern, Milford Haven, South Wales
Brunels iron sailing steamship, the SS Great Eastern, berthed at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, during the 1870s. The ship is so large that it runs the length of Hamilton Terrace

Background imageCommunications Collection: Page from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Page from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
A page from a version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, narrating events of the years 772 to 794. It was written in Old English in the 9th century by a Wessex scribe

Background imageCommunications Collection: Postman in the Snow

Postman in the Snow
This stalwart postman does his duty and delivers the post rain or shine, or in this case, thick winter snow. No chance of exceeding the 30 mile per hour speed limit!

Background imageCommunications Collection: Dresden Codex

Dresden Codex
Part of the Mayan manuscript known as the Dresden Codex : the illustrations appear to show gods and demons

Background imageCommunications Collection: Swan Fountain Pens 1932

Swan Fountain Pens 1932
A selection of Swan pens for you to give your friends at Christmas, knowing that the pleasing hues give added charm to fine craftsmanship

Background imageCommunications Collection: Ataturk Reforms Language

Ataturk Reforms Language
Turkey : dictator Kemal Ataturk introduces westernisation of the Turkish language

Background imageCommunications Collection: Twixt Love and Duty, 1914

Twixt Love and Duty, 1914. World War I postcard, showing a British officer saying farewell to a loved one and answering the call to duty

Background imageCommunications 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 imageCommunications Collection: Royal Engineer with messenger dog, France, WW1

Royal Engineer with messenger dog, France, WW1
A Royal Engineer reading a message brought by a messenger dog by swimming a canal, near Nieppe Wood, northern France, during the First World War. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageCommunications Collection: Stylus in LP record

Stylus in LP record
Stylus on LP record. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a stylus travelling through the grooves of a stereo vinyl record. The grooves are cut into a flat disc of polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Background imageCommunications Collection: Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex

Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex
Entrance to Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, Essex. Several patients can be see in beds on the open balconies. The hospital was opened in 1903 by the West Ham Union for the sick poor in the area

Background imageCommunications Collection: Carrier Pigeon poster

Carrier Pigeon poster
Poster warning people of the dangers of shooting carrier pigeons who may be carrying life or death messages. Carrier pigeons, we are told, are a vital part of RAF

Background imageCommunications Collection: Girl on Library Ladder

Girl on Library Ladder
The girl on the library ladder

Background imageCommunications Collection: St Anne Teaches Mary

St Anne Teaches Mary
Saint Anne teaches Mary, the future mother of Jesus, to read from a book of a type which will not come into use until the 2nd century AD

Background imageCommunications Collection: Yost Typewriter

Yost Typewriter
Yost typewriter

Background imageCommunications Collection: Ancient Egyptian Writing

Ancient Egyptian Writing
1. Cat cuts off serpent head 2. Ani and his wife, Tutu, adoring the scarab-headed god Khepera on the Solar Bark 3. The god Atum in Solar Bark 4. Couchant lion on pedestal

Background imageCommunications Collection: Illuminated Wenzelbibel manuscript

Illuminated Wenzelbibel manuscript
A page from the illuminated manuscript known as the Wenzelbibel (or Wenzelsbibel), named after King Wenzel (Wenceslaus) IV of Bohemia

Background imageCommunications Collection: 20083362

20083362
USA Florida Key West Seal of The City of Key West emblem

Background imageCommunications Collection: The four wooden Marconi wireless towers at Poldhu, Mullion, Cornwall. 10th June 1908

The four wooden Marconi wireless towers at Poldhu, Mullion, Cornwall. 10th June 1908
A view of the four wooden 200ft Marconi towers at Poldhu, built by early 1902, showing the guide wires and signal station buildings



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"Unveiling the Art of Communications: From Flags to Phones and Beyond" Step into a world where messages transcend time and space, as we explore the captivating realm of communications. This poster takes us on a journey through various iconic symbols that have shaped our ability to connect with one another. The Night Mail whispers secrets in the darkness, carrying words across vast distances. Just like the flags used at Nelson's famous signal during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, communication has always been vital for success. In wintry London, a Police Public Call Box stands tall amidst snowflakes, reminding us of simpler times when this humble box served as a lifeline for those seeking help or connection. Meanwhile, bookbinding tools from 1875 symbolize how knowledge was meticulously preserved and shared through written word. The flags proudly displayed by the Royal Navy evoke images of bravery and unity—a visual language understood by sailors across oceans. And who can forget the Bakelite telephone? A revolutionary device that brought voices closer together than ever before. High above RAF Chicksands' circular aerial looms large—an emblematic structure representing an era when communication centers were crucial hubs connecting nations and safeguarding information. Across borders in Paris lies The Palace of Versailles—its opulence reflecting not only power but also intricate networks built upon diplomatic exchanges between nations throughout history. Delving deeper into ancient forms of communication, Codex Troano -1 reveals Mayan wisdom etched onto pages—a testament to humanity's enduring quest for understanding each other across cultures and civilizations. A postman gracefully pedaling his Pennyfarthing bicycle transports letters with care—reminding us that even in an age dominated by technology, human touch remains essential in conveying emotions through handwritten words. Bodinnick captures Fowey's charm circa 1930—a picturesque scene where mailboats once sailed along rivers delivering heartfelt messages from loved ones near and far. Finally, the Ms.