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"First: A Journey through Time and Achievements" Step into the world of firsts, where history unfolds before your eyes

Background imageFirst Collection: First flight of BAC TSR-2 XR219 Boscombe Down

First flight of BAC TSR-2 XR219 Boscombe Down
First flight of BAC TSR-2, XR219, Boscombe Down, 30 September 1964

Background imageFirst Collection: On Sunday 3rd July 1938, Mallard raced past Little Bytham at 123 mph (198 kmh), then

On Sunday 3rd July 1938, Mallard raced past Little Bytham at 123 mph (198 kmh), then over the next 1and a quarter miles (2 km) its speed rose until for one quarter mile (0.4 km)

Background imageFirst Collection: TEMPLE OF SOLOMON. Dedication of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Painting by William Hole

TEMPLE OF SOLOMON. Dedication of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Painting by William Hole, c1910

Background imageFirst Collection: Schematic view of George Stephensons locomotive The Rocket of 1829

Schematic view of George Stephensons locomotive The Rocket of 1829
STEPHENSONs ROCKET, 1829. Schematic view of George Stephensons locomotive " The Rocket" of 1829

Background imageFirst Collection: Solution to the first crossword puzzle, from the fun supplement of the Sunday edition of the New

Solution to the first crossword puzzle, from the fun supplement of the Sunday edition of the New York World
CROSSWORD PUZZLE, 1913. Solution to the first crossword puzzle, from the fun supplement of the Sunday edition of the New York World, 21 December 1913

Background imageFirst Collection: Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian gardenia

Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian gardenia
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Gardenia florida

Background imageFirst Collection: Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx had the same number and arrangement of primary and secondary flight feathers as modern birds. Watercolour on paper by John Doncaster

Background imageFirst Collection: JACKIE ROBINSON (1919-1972). John Roosevelt Robinson, known as Jackie. American baseball player

JACKIE ROBINSON (1919-1972). John Roosevelt Robinson, known as Jackie. American baseball player. Playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, probably 1947

Background imageFirst Collection: de Havilland DH. 112 Sea Venom F. A. W. 21 XA539

de Havilland DH. 112 Sea Venom F. A. W. 21 XA539
de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom F.A.W.21 XA539, flying with the Aero Flight from RAE Bedford. First flown on 21 May 1954, delivered on 03 June 1954

Background imageFirst Collection: WORLD WAR I (1914-1918). Poster USA BONDS Third Liberty Loa

WORLD WAR I (1914-1918). Poster USA BONDS Third Liberty Loan Campaign. BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA (1917), by Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951). Edited by the government of the United States

Background imageFirst Collection: Lewisham Military Hospital, High Street, Lewisham

Lewisham Military Hospital, High Street, Lewisham
Lewisham Military Hospital operated during the First World War in the premises of the Lewisham Union workhouse. A large sign bearing the red cross symbol stands over the entrance. Date: Date unknown

Background imageFirst Collection: Acacia nilotica, prickly acacia tree

Acacia nilotica, prickly acacia tree
Finished watercolour by Fred Polydore Nodder from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageFirst Collection: First prototype English Electric Canberra B2 VX165

First prototype English Electric Canberra B2 VX165
First prototype English Electric Canberra B2, VX165

Background imageFirst Collection: Metrosideros excelsa, Christmas tree

Metrosideros excelsa, Christmas tree
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageFirst Collection: LARRY DOBY (1923-2003). American baseball player, and first black player in the American League

LARRY DOBY (1923-2003). American baseball player, and first black player in the American League. Doby (right) photographed with Lou Boudreau, manager of the Cleveland Indians

Background imageFirst Collection: Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City, Mexico, 24 June 1990

Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City, Mexico, 24 June 1990
Ayrton Senna (BRA) McLaren, was classified 20th after finishing two laps down with a puncture. Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City, Mexico, 24 June 1990

Background imageFirst Collection: Royal Air Force Westland Wessex HC. 2 XR505

Royal Air Force Westland Wessex HC. 2 XR505
Royal Air Force Westland Wessex HC.2 XR505 (msn WA130) at RAF Odiham First flight on 01-10-1963, delivered 18-10-1963, to Uruguay Navy as A-081 on 01-1998 Date: 1964

Background imageFirst Collection: Syria. Krak des Chevaliers

Syria. Krak des Chevaliers. Castle built in the twelfth century by the Knights Hospitaller during the Crusades to the Holy Land

Background imageFirst Collection: First World War. Big Bertha M42

First World War. Big Bertha M42
WORLD WAR (1914-1918). BIG BERTHA M42. German gun used to bombard Paris from over 100 km. away in 1918. Its gauge was 210 mm. and was 34 m. long

Background imageFirst Collection: Airship over Truro, Cornwall. 1914 -1918

Airship over Truro, Cornwall. 1914 -1918
By 1916, German U-boats were sinking many merchant vessels and Royal Navy warships in the English Channel. It was decided to use airships to combat them and a major airship station, RNAS Mullion

Background imageFirst Collection: American Red Cross fundraising poster with three portraits of the first soldiers killed during

American Red Cross fundraising poster with three portraits of the first soldiers killed during World War I
RED CROSS POSTER, 1917. American Red Cross fundraising poster with three portraits of the first soldiers killed during World War I: Merle David Hay, Thomas Enright and James Bethel Gresham

Background imageFirst Collection: Stobhill Hospital, Springburn, Glasgow

Stobhill Hospital, Springburn, Glasgow
An aerial view of Stobhill Hospital, erected in 1903-4 at Springburn, Glasgow, by the citys poor law authority. It provided around 2000 beds for the infirm and chronic sick poor, and for children

Background imageFirst Collection: Croydon Airport - de Havilland DH. 84 Dragon G-ACIU

Croydon Airport - de Havilland DH. 84 Dragon G-ACIU
de Havilland DH.84 Dragon G-ACIU (msn 3041) of Surrey Flying Services Ltd. approaching to land at Croydon Airport. First registered on 25.07.33 was previously owned by Marmaduke Furness (Lord Furness)

Background imageFirst Collection: Canadian Grand Prix, Mosport Park, 24 September 1972

Canadian Grand Prix, Mosport Park, 24 September 1972
Jackie Stewart (GBR) Tyrrell celebrates his victory on the podium; the fiftieth GP win for the Ford Cosworth DFV engine. Canadian Grand Prix, Mosport Park, 24 September 1972. BEST IMAGE

Background imageFirst Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
Race winner Jim Clark (GBR) Lotus 49. Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City, 22 October 1967

Background imageFirst Collection: Jennie Benson music hall comedienne and mimic

Jennie Benson music hall comedienne and mimic
Jennie Benson comedienne and mimic. Known for her character studies. Dressed as a soldier during the First World War in greatcoat and cap, smoking a cigarette. Signed card. Date: circa 1917

Background imageFirst Collection: First Kings Dragoon Guards

First Kings Dragoon Guards.Coloured aquatint by and after William Heath, published by J Watson, Vere Street, Bond Street, London

Background imageFirst Collection: Yuri Gagarin driving through London, UK

Yuri Gagarin driving through London, UK
Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), Soviet cosmonaut and first man in space, driving through London, UK, in an open-top car. Gagarin made the first manned space flight on 12 April 1961

Background imageFirst Collection: Squadron Commander Edwin Harris Dunning landing his Sopwith Pup biplane on the HMS Furious

Squadron Commander Edwin Harris Dunning landing his Sopwith Pup biplane on the HMS Furious
HMS FURIOUS LANDING, 1917. Squadron Commander Edwin Harris Dunning landing his Sopwith Pup biplane on the HMS Furious, the first plane ever to be landed on a moving ship, in Scapa Flow, Orkney

Background imageFirst Collection: First Aid Nursing Yeomanry ambulance

First Aid Nursing Yeomanry ambulance
Photograph: First Aid Nursing Yeomanry ambulance.One of seven photographs relating to the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), 1911-1918, and as depicted in the Bath Tattoo, July 1958. Date: 1911

Background imageFirst Collection: First Presbyterian Church, Bangor

First Presbyterian Church, Bangor - view taken from high building across Main street looking slightly down to the front of the church. (Location: Northern Ireland: County Down: Bangor)

Background imageFirst Collection: Caricature of a Lieutenant Colonel of the Army Service Corps

Caricature of a Lieutenant Colonel of the Army Service Corps
First World War caricature of a Lieutenant Colonel of the Army Service Corps. Godfrey H. Brennan

Background imageFirst Collection: WASHINGTON: FAREWELL, 1783. George Washington taking leave of his officers in Fraunces

WASHINGTON: FAREWELL, 1783. George Washington taking leave of his officers in Fraunces Tavern in New York City, 4 December 1783. Chromolithograph illustration by Henry Alexander Ogden, c1893

Background imageFirst Collection: Newsagent stand at Truro railway station, Cornwall. 1915

Newsagent stand at Truro railway station, Cornwall. 1915
Newsagents stand with two female staff on the platform during World War 1

Background imageFirst Collection: Thespesia populnea, portia tree

Thespesia populnea, portia tree
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageFirst Collection: Piper methysticum, kava

Piper methysticum, kava
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Piper inebrians

Background imageFirst Collection: Macropus giganteus, eastern gray kangaroo and Xanthorrhoea s

Macropus giganteus, eastern gray kangaroo and Xanthorrhoea s
Gum-plant, and Kangooroo of New Holland. Drawing 56 By George Raper, 1789

Background imageFirst Collection: Middlesex Hospital

Middlesex Hospital
A view of the Middlesex Hospital in 1840. Middlesex Hospital was a teaching hospital located in the Fitzrovia area of London, England

Background imageFirst Collection: Map Showing The Ypres Salient Before And After The Second Battle Of Ypres April And May 13 1915

Map Showing The Ypres Salient Before And After The Second Battle Of Ypres April And May 13 1915. From The Great World War A History Volume Iii, Published 1916

Background imageFirst Collection: The R34 Rigid Airship. The First Aircraft To Make An East-To-West Crossing Of The Atlantic Ocean

The R34 Rigid Airship. The First Aircraft To Make An East-To-West Crossing Of The Atlantic Ocean On 6 July 1919. From The Year 1919 Illustrated

Background imageFirst Collection: WWI photo frame showing the Western Front with map

WWI photo frame showing the Western Front with map
First World War photo frame showing the Western Front with map of France and Belgium. Also shows the names of Allied Generals and various towns and cities. Trench Art. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageFirst Collection: Illustration of bones of Tyrannosaurus foot showing long toes, small first toe, or dew claw

Illustration of bones of Tyrannosaurus foot showing long toes, small first toe, or dew claw, and ankle joint

Background imageFirst Collection: Front view of the First Blackburn Monoplane

Front view of the First Blackburn Monoplane on the sands at Marske in 1909. Date: 1909

Background imageFirst Collection: First compound aeroplane design

First compound aeroplane design, with flappers mounted on struts rising from fixed wings set dihedrally on a wheeled car. 1805. From Cayleys original notebook

Background imageFirst Collection: Volunteer Camp Windsor

Volunteer Camp Windsor, I. Sleeping Partners. 2. Military Position, 3. In Flagrante Delicto. 4. Hi, Sir I What The 5. The Humphrey Cup. 6. A Commercial Speculation. 7. A Tight Fit. 8

Background imageFirst Collection: Muntiacus muntjak, Indian muntjac

Muntiacus muntjak, Indian muntjac
Zoological drawing 6 (1:6) Cervus plicatus. Pencil outline, lateral and front views, of head of Indian muntjac, made by Sydney Parkinson (1745-1771) during Captain Cooks first voyage of discovery

Background imageFirst Collection: Corynocarpus laevigatus, karaka tree

Corynocarpus laevigatus, karaka tree
Finished watercolour by John Frederick Miller from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageFirst Collection: Marsdenia mollissima

Marsdenia mollissima
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Cynanchum crassifolium



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"First: A Journey through Time and Achievements" Step into the world of firsts, where history unfolds before your eyes. From the groundbreaking flight of BAC TSR-2 XR219 at Boscombe Down to Mallard's record-breaking speed on that unforgettable Sunday in 1938, we witness moments that shaped our future. As we delve deeper, a glimpse of wartime resilience emerges with a WWI German gas mask from 1918, preserved in its original metal container. The ingenuity continues with a schematic view of George Stephenson's iconic locomotive, The Rocket of 1829; an engineering marvel that revolutionized transportation. In the realm of aviation, de Havilland DH. 112 Sea Venom F. A. W. 21 XA539 takes center stage as it soars through the skies with grace and power. Meanwhile, Tahitian gardenia blooms enchantingly as Gardenia taitensis captures hearts with its delicate beauty. Sports enthusiasts will be captivated by Jackie Robinson's legacy; an American baseball player who broke barriers while playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in 1947. His courage paved the way for equality and unity within sports. The adrenaline rush intensifies as we relive every moment of the thrilling 1991 Spanish GP – a race etched forever in motorsport history. And amidst World War I turmoil, patriotism shines bright through USA BONDS Third Liberty Loan posters urging citizens to support their country. Lewisham Military Hospital stands tall as a symbol of compassion and care during times of conflict – providing solace to those who served bravely on the front lines. Acacia nilotica adds an exotic touch to this journey; its prickly branches reminding us that even nature has its own unique "firsts. " Finally, let us not forget where it all began – solving crossword puzzles.