James Clark, Kilmarnock, Scotland. Around 1920
Portrait photograph of Dr James Clark (1861-1935), Principal of Central Technical Schools for Cornwall from 1899 to 1908. The photograph was taken while he was Rector at Kilmarnock Academy, Ayrshire, Scotland, between 1908 and 1926. Clark was a renowned natural historian and during his short time in Cornwall he wrote numerous papers for the Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall; The Birds of Cornwall, published by the Royal Institution of Cornwall in 1902; and compiled the majority of the zoological sections of the Victoria County History of Cornwall, Volume I, published in 1906. Photographer: Unknown.
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10th August 1942: Nursery school children gather round a Chrysler car belonging to Mrs JG Winan, the wife of the US ambassador to Britain. Wynan has arrived to open a new Port of London Residential nursery at Sacombe Park, Ware. The nursery has been set up under the auspices of the Save The Children Fund and is financed by the Daughters of the American Revolution, an American fund-raising society. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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1855 Punch Dinosaurs Crystal Palace
1855 Cartoon from Punch's Almanac of that year, ascribed to John Leech. "A visit to the antediluvian reptiles at Sydenham - master Tom strongly objects to having his mind improved". Clockwise from top; Iguanodon (with bird on its wrongly ascribed horn), Megalosaurus, Hylaeosaurus, prehistoric gharial (teleosaurus), ichthyosaur. The actual exhibits were designed to fit the victorian ideal of educating the masses. They were the work of artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (based on the research of Owen, Mantell, Buckland, Conybeare and others). The Crystal Palace Antediluvians were the first life-size reconstructions of dinosaurs, and this cartoon indicates that many saw them as nightmarish monsters of a former age. Children would love dinosaurs ever after.
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