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"Unveiling the Secrets of the Unknown: A Journey of Discovery" Embarking on a Viking ship, brave explorers set sail across treacherous seas

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Viking ship at sea
Norsemen at sea following their raven pilot. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

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Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779
Death of English explorer Captain James Cook in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting

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PEXP2D-00013
Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with their Native American guide Sacagawea. Digital photograph of a bronze statue in Charlottesville Virginia

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COOK: HMS RESOLUTION. Commanded by Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages of discovery. Watercolor by Midshipman Henry Roberts, a member of the ships company

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Adventure of the Second Stain, Sherlock Holmes
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SECOND STAIN Holmes on the scent: Holmes & Watson discover a hidden trap door. " It hinged back like the lid of a box." Date: 1904

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Shackletons Manchurian ponies, Antarctica, 1908
Manchurian ponies used by Shackleton in the Antarctic, 1908-09. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a photograph

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Elissa Landi and Cyril McLagen in Anthony Asquiths Underground (1928)
Elissa Landi and Cyril McLagen in Underground (1928)

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Fleet of Viking raiders in the Middle Ages
Viking ships at sea with warriors on board. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

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Carlos Villoch / SpecialistStock
Thistlegorm wreck and diver. Egypt, Red Sea

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Frys Cocoa advertisement by John Hassall
Advert for Frys Cocoa Powder showing two burglars, delighted to discover several jars of Frys cocoa and Frys milk chocolate in a safe. 2nd December 1908

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EXPL2A-00014
Ptolemys map of the world, illustrating a concept of the flat earth. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction

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Fairy Melusine (Colour)
Raymond de Lusignan discovers that his wife is a fairy, and consequently - for thats how these things are - she has to leave him, for ever, flying from the castle window... Date: circa 1500

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Dutch ships in the Arctic, 1600s
Dutch ships of Henry Hudsons time near Novaya Zemlya, early 1600s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

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Schwatkas discovery of Franklin expedition grave, 1880
Grave of Franklin Expedition member Lt. John Irving found by Schwatkas American search party in Greenland, 1880. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

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EXPL2A-00128
Landing of Jean Nicolet on the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan, 1634, the first European to reach that region. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century illustration

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Native Americans meet Lewis and Clark at Council Bluffs
Lewis and Clark meeting with Native Americans at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Hand-colored woodcut by Patrick Goss, a member of the expedition

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EXPL2A-00284
Early map of Hudsons Strait and Hudsons Bay, 1662, in Arctic Canada. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction

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EXPL2A-00366
Map of equatorial Africa as known in the 1870s. Printed color lithograph, 19th century

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Dampier / New Britain / 1700
William Dampier passes volcanic islands in Bismarck Archipelago on his way to discover New Britain

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A brush with the Bulgar - Scouts discover enemy, WW1
The Surrey Yeomanry on the Struma Valley Front, Salonika 1917-1918. A brush with the Bulgar - Scouts discover enemy at entrance to Jenimah. By Frank Algernon Stewart (1877-1945). 1917-1918

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EXPL2A-00184
Part of the 1613 Samuel de Champlain map of New France. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century reproduction of the original ma

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When the ell is it going to be strawberry?
Old Bill is disappointed to discover that the latest delivery of jam to the trenches on the Western Front during World I is plum and apple yet again! Date: 1915

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Illustration, Peter, the fox terrier, discovers a fox (White-Ear) has been hiding in the bed. Date: 1912

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Double decker bus tour and Arts Centre, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand

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SUTTERs MILL, c1850. James Marshall, prospector, standing in front of Sutters Mill, where he discovered gold, Coloma, California. Photograph, c1850

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EXPL2A-00169
John C. Fremonts second western expedition at Pyramid Lake, Nevada, 1842-1843. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

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Florida explored by De Soto, 1539
Bivouac of De Sotos expedition in the Florida wilderness, 1539. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

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EXPL2A-00034
Leif Erikssen off the coast of Vineland in a Viking landing boat. Hand-colored photogravure of a 19th-century illustration

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ABRAHAM DARBY (1678-1717). English ironmaster. Darby at his forge and the discovery of cast iron. Etching, English, 19th century

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MAGELLAN: VICTORIA, 1590. Ferdinand Magellans ship Victoria under full sail. Detail from Abraham Ortelius map of the Pacific Ocean, 1590

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LEIF ERICSSON (c970-1020) Discovering America. Line engraving, late 19th century, after a painting by Christian Krohg

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Higgs Boson particle, artwork
Higgs Boson particle. Computer artwork of a yellow sphere in a circular chamber with light emanating from behind it. This could represent the Higgs Boson particle being discovered in a particle

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The Horrors of Home
A Captain, home on leave during World War I returns to his tranquil countryside village to discover it is now a hub of industry complete with belching chimneys, manufacturing armaments for the war

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Cala Mariolu beach, Baunei, Ogliastra province, Sardinia, Italy, Europe

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Astronomy, At The Edge Of, Color Image, Concepts, Cosmology, Discovery, Dust, Exploration
Astronomy, At The Edge Of, Color Image, Concepts, Cosmology, Discover, Science Photo Library, 85757766

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Turquoise sea at the coastal village of Limeni, Mani region, Peloponnese, Greece, Europe

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Portuguese raising a stone pillar at the mouth of the River Congo, 1482 (colour litho)
8672903 Portuguese raising a stone pillar at the mouth of the River Congo, 1482 (colour litho) by Gameiro, Alfredo Roque (1864-1935); Private Collection; (add.info)

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Human invention anticipated: Parachutes (engraving)
8657917 Human invention anticipated: Parachutes (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Parachutes)

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Discovery of the thermal springs of Wildbad Gastein, 680 (engraving)
8625824 Discovery of the thermal springs of Wildbad Gastein, 680 (engraving) by Geiger, Peter Johann Nepomuk (1805-80); Private Collection; (add.info)

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The true picture of a shark, 1695-1703 (ink, paper)
7340650 The true picture of a shark, 1695-1703 (ink, paper) by Barlow, Edward (1639-1719); National Maritime Museum, London

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Plate from Edward Barlow's journal of his life at sea in king's ships
7340649 Plate from Edward Barlow's journal of his life at sea in king's ships, East & West Indiamen & other merchantmen from 1659 to 1703

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Lord Rosse's Great Reflecting Telescope, at Parsonstown, Ireland, 1853 (cotton, brass)
7340081 Lord Rosse's Great Reflecting Telescope, at Parsonstown, Ireland, 1853 (cotton, brass) by British School, (19th century); 118.3x89.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

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Royal Geographical Society Prize Medal, 1835, awarded to Captain George Back (1796-1878), 1835 (gold)
MMM5477676 Royal Geographical Society Prize Medal, 1835, awarded to Captain George Back (1796-1878), 1835 (gold) by Wyon, William (1795-1851); National Maritime Museum, London

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Discovery of Anthracite coal in Pennsylvania, in 1768 (engraving)
8644067 Discovery of Anthracite coal in Pennsylvania, in 1768 (engraving) by Australian School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Discovery of Anthracite coal in Pennsylvania, in 1768)

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The flexibility of the Lanchester system of suspension (b/w photo)
8636666 The flexibility of the Lanchester system of suspension (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

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A "chilled beef" chamber on a meat-carrying vessel (b/w photo)
8636665 A "chilled beef" chamber on a meat-carrying vessel (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

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Fixing the inner skin on the "Olympic" (b/w photo)
8636655 Fixing the inner skin on the "Olympic" (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Fixing the inner skin on the "Olympic)

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Phoenician Traders on the Coast of Britain (colour litho)
8661435 Phoenician Traders on the Coast of Britain (colour litho) by Leighton, Frederic (1830-96) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Phoenician Traders on the Coast of Britain)



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"Unveiling the Secrets of the Unknown: A Journey of Discovery" Embarking on a Viking ship, brave explorers set sail across treacherous seas, driven by an insatiable thirst for knowledge and adventure. From the untamed waves to uncharted territories, they sought to unravel mysteries that lay hidden beneath. In 1779, tragedy struck as Hawaiian natives claimed Captain Cook's life during his audacious quest. The sacrifice of this intrepid explorer only fueled the fire within others to push boundaries further and delve deeper into unexplored realms. Sherlock Holmes himself embarked on the captivating "Adventure of the Second Stain, " unravelling enigmatic puzzles with his astute mind. His relentless pursuit of truth inspired countless souls to embrace their own curiosity and embark on personal quests for discovery. Antarctica witnessed Shackleton's Manchurian ponies trudging through icy landscapes in 1908, defying nature's harshest elements. Their resilience mirrored humanity's indomitable spirit as we ventured towards new frontiers, determined to uncover its frozen secrets. The silver screen transported audiences back in time with Elissa Landi and Cyril McLagen in Anthony Asquith's Underground (1928). This cinematic masterpiece awakened imaginations and kindled a desire for exploration beyond our everyday lives. Centuries ago, fearsome Viking raiders roamed vast oceans aboard their mighty fleet. These seafaring warriors embodied courage and tenacity - qualities that continue to inspire modern-day adventurers seeking discoveries both near and far. Through Carlos Villoch's lens, we catch glimpses of captivating moments frozen in time - snapshots capturing fleeting instances that reveal beauty even amidst chaos. Each photograph beckons us closer, inviting us to explore worlds unknown. John Hassall's Frys Cocoa advertisement serves as a reminder that even mundane objects can hold extraordinary stories waiting to be discovered. It reminds us that every corner holds potential for revelation, encouraging us to seek wonder in the simplest of things.