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Diry Collection

Unveiling the hidden tales of history, 'diry' hints at captivating moments that shaped our world

Background imageDiry Collection: Olympic Henley

Olympic Henley
Street decorations in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, as the town hosts the rowing events of the London Olympic Games, July 1908. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Chrysopoeia Of Cleopatra

Chrysopoeia Of Cleopatra
Alchemical symbols from the Chrysopoeia of Cleopatra, an early Greek manuscript, circa 100 AD. On the lower left is an Ouroboros, a serpent eating its own tail

Background imageDiry Collection: Radio Caroline

Radio Carolines pirate radio ship MV Mi Amigo runs aground at Frinton-on-Sea on the Essex coast during a storm, 20th January 1966. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: HMS Hood at Table Bay in Cape Town with the HMS Repulse behind

HMS Hood at Table Bay in Cape Town with the HMS Repulse behind
The HMS Hood at Table Bay in Cape Town with the HMS Repulse behind, January 1924. The Special Service Squadron are on a tour around the world

Background imageDiry Collection: Rorkes Drift

Rorkes Drift
The Defence of Rorkes Drift during the Zulu War, 22nd January 1879. A painting by Lady Elizabeth Butler, specially commissioned by Queen Victoria to commemorate the bravery of the soldiers who fought

Background imageDiry Collection: Dogs Of War

Dogs Of War
Two Airedale terriers at Lt. Colonel E. H. Richardsons canine training camp in Woking, Surrey, during World War II, 16th October 1939

Background imageDiry Collection: Perth High Street

Perth High Street
A view of the High Street, Perth, Scotland, circa 1890. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: St-Leonards-on-Sea

St-Leonards-on-Sea
Bathing machines shelter shy holidaymakers from prying eyes at St-Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, circa 1895. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Awful Changes

Awful Changes
A cartoon, published in 1830, 28 years before Darwins Origin Of Species, lampooning theories of evolution. Entitled Awful Changes, it depicts an Ichthyosaurus giving a lecture on a human skull

Background imageDiry Collection: The Twin Towers

The Twin Towers
The twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, designed by American architect Minoru Yamasaki, 1974. (Photo by Peter Keegan/Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: British Battleship HMS Rodney

British Battleship HMS Rodney
The newly-launched British battleship HMS Rodney leaving the Cammell Laird shipyard at Birkenhead, Merseyside for Portsmouth, 13th August 1927. (Photo by H. F)

Background imageDiry Collection: Savile Row

Savile Row
Two men walking down Savile Row in London, 1965. The street is famous for tailors and mens fashion. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: The Nun

The Nun
A portrait of a nun, circa 1850. Engraved by N Lecomte after a painting by J. G. Schoeffer. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Staffordshire Potteries

Staffordshire Potteries
Factories in the Staffordshire potteries, 2nd March 1946. Original publication : Picture Post - 3088 - Pottery : A Working Partys Problem - pub

Background imageDiry Collection: Wentworth Woodhouse

Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire, the seat of the Marquess of Rockingham, circa 1780. Engraved for The Complete English Traveller. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: RMS Celtic

RMS Celtic
The White Star liner RMS Celtic, circa 1913. She was launched in 1901 and ran aground off Queenstown in 1928. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Sikh Soldiers

Sikh Soldiers
Sikh officers of the British 15th Punjab Infantry regiment, shortly after the Indian Rebellion (also known as the Indian Mutiny), 1858. (Photo by Felice Beato/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Great Fire Map

Great Fire Map
A map of the City of London by Wenceslas Hollar, with the light area north of the Thames showing the extent of the area destroyed in the Great Fire of London, 1666

Background imageDiry Collection: Whitby Girls

Whitby Girls
Young ladies in Whitby, North Yorkshire, circa 1890. (Photo by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Winchester High Street

Winchester High Street
The High Street in Winchester, Hampshire, March 1853. An engraving by G. S. Shepherd. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Hudson Steam Loco

Hudson Steam Loco
A streamlined 4-6-4 Hudson steam locomotive of the New York Central Railroad. Designed by Henry Dreyfuss and built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO), the engines were introduced in 1938

Background imageDiry Collection: Roman Temple

Roman Temple
A Roman temple, circa 100 BC. A lithograph by Charpentier for Firmin Didot. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Battle Of Thermopylae

Battle Of Thermopylae
Persian archers kill the last of the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae, August 480 BC. 300 Spartans, under King Leonidas I

Background imageDiry Collection: Old Perth Bridge

Old Perth Bridge
A view of the Old Perth Bridge over the River Tay, Perth, Scotland, circa 1910. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge
A view of the Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge, circa 1950. (Photo by Alex Watkinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Scylla And Charybdis

Scylla And Charybdis
In Greek mythology, Jason and the Argonauts pass between the ravening monster Scylla (left) and the whirlpool Charybdis with the help of Thetis and her sea nymphs, circa 1200 BC

Background imageDiry Collection: Hannibals Route

Hannibals Route
The route taken by Hannibal and the Carthaginian army through Spain, France and the Alps to Italy during the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage, 218 BC

Background imageDiry Collection: Sankey Viaduct

Sankey Viaduct
A view of Sankey Viaduct on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line, 1831. Engraving by H. Pyall after T. Bury (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Ice-Bound Discovery

Ice-Bound Discovery
A dog team near the ice-bound British National Antarctic Expedition ship RRS Discovery, circa 1903. The expedition was led by Robert Falcon Scott and the third officer was Ernest Shackleton

Background imageDiry Collection: The First Fleet

The First Fleet
Some of the First Fleet - eleven British Navy ships under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, which took 750 British convicts to Botany Bay

Background imageDiry Collection: Lawrence Of Arabia

Lawrence Of Arabia
British army officer T. E. Lawrence (1888 - 1935), aka Lawrence of Arabia, wearing an Arab keffiyeh fastened with an agal in Damascus, circa 1918. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Perth Over The Tay

Perth Over The Tay
A view over the River Tay from Victoria Bridge to Perth Street, Perth, Scotland, 16th April 1955. Original publication: Picture Post - 7671 - Make Perth The Capital - pub

Background imageDiry Collection: Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough
Blast furnaces near the River Tees in Middlesbrough, 1912. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Folkestone Harbour

Folkestone Harbour, Kent, circa 1890. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: High Street Cheltenham

High Street Cheltenham
Cheltenham High Street, Gloucestershire, May 1913. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Bromley High Street

Bromley High Street
A rainy day on Bromley High Street, Kent, circa 1925. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Greek Vase

Greek Vase
circa 1950: An ancient Greek red-figure amphora from around 500 BC, depicting Heracles defeating the Nemean Lion, the first of his twelve labours. The goddess Athena (left) assists him with advice

Background imageDiry Collection: First Americas Cup

First Americas Cup
The America passes The Needles to win the One Hundred Guinea Cup race organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron around the Isle of Wight, 22nd August 1851

Background imageDiry Collection: Victoria Station Bombay

Victoria Station Bombay
A view of Victoria Station, Mumbai (Bombay), circa 1920. Built in 1888 to a design by Frederick William Stevens, it is now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Background imageDiry Collection: 1851 Colt Navy

1851 Colt Navy
A replica model of an 1851 Colt Navy revolver with a squareback trigger guard, .36 caliber and 7.5 inch long barrel. It was this revolver that Samuel Colts company became famous for

Background imageDiry Collection: Launch Of Prospero

Launch Of Prospero
The satellite Prospero X-3 is launched from the RaF test range in Woomera, South Australia, by a British Black Arrow carrier rocket, 28th October 1971

Background imageDiry Collection: Hotel Negresco

Hotel Negresco
The Hotel Negresco in Nice, in southern France, circa 1925. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Nottingham Victoria Station

Nottingham Victoria Station
Victoria Railway Station in Nottingham, April 1927. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Launch Of Prospero

Launch Of Prospero
The satellite Prospero X-3 is launched from the RaF test range in Woomera, South Australia, by a British Black Arrow carrier rocket, 28th October 1971

Background imageDiry Collection: 37 Jane Street

37 Jane Street
A newly painted house in Jane Street, Stepney, east London, contrasts with the dilapidated buildings on either side, 25th September 1956

Background imageDiry Collection: Gamo Captured

Gamo Captured
The capture of the Spanish frigate El Gamo by Commander Lord Thomas Cochrane in the HMS Speedy, off Barcelona, 6th May 1801. (Photo by Rischgitz/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Bridge On the River Tamar

Bridge On the River Tamar
The Royal Albert Bridge, over the River Tamar at Saltash, Cornwall, 1869. Designed by British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it was completed in 1859. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageDiry Collection: Greys Monument

Greys Monument
Grainger Street in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with Nun Street on the left, circa 1910. In the background is the Greys Monument, a 134-foot column supporting a statue of Earl Grey



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Unveiling the hidden tales of history, 'diry' hints at captivating moments that shaped our world. From the majestic HMS Hood gracing Table Bay in Cape Town, with the mighty HMS Repulse standing tall behind her, to the iconic Twin Towers that once stood as a symbol of strength and resilience. Delve into Cleopatra's enigmatic Chrysopoeia, where alchemy met royalty in an enchanting dance of gold. Tune into Radio Caroline's rebellious waves, defying conventions and bringing music to eager ears. Witness the indomitable British Battleship HMS Rodney forging through treacherous waters, a testament to courage and determination. Uncover the Great Fire Map revealing London's devastating past while marveling at Rorkes Drift's heroic defense against overwhelming odds. Amidst these awe-inspiring events lie tales of 'Awful Changes, ' where transformation reshaped landscapes like Sankey Viaduct or Wentworth Woodhouse - testaments to progress and adaptability. Traverse Perth High Street bustling with life and stories etched within its ancient walls. Finally, sail aboard RMS Celtic on a journey across oceans filled with dreams and aspirations. Each hint whispers secrets from different corners of time - let your imagination unravel their mysteries.