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Floor Collection

"From ancient mosaics to modern marvels, the floor tells tales of history and innovation

Background imageFloor Collection: Fish Mosaic from Pompeii

Fish Mosaic from Pompeii
Floor mosaic from Pompeii of fish, octopus, squid, lobster, eel and crustaceans. Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, Napoli collection

Background imageFloor Collection: The inside of the colonnade, detail of the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II or Altar of

The inside of the colonnade, detail of the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II or Altar of the Fatherland; work by Giuseppe Sacconi in Rome Rome Altar of the Fatherland

Background imageFloor Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
King Arthur welcomes the Green Knight into the Banqueting Hall and invites him to dismount and eat with the company. Everyone is amazed to see the unexpected visitor

Background imageFloor Collection: Tower Ballroom, Blackpool

Tower Ballroom, Blackpool
The magnificent Tower Ballroom, at Blackpool : spectators in the balconies enjoy refreshments while the dance floor is crowded - all in formal evening dress

Background imageFloor Collection: An Ideal Home No. IV. Top-Floor Chicken Farm by William Heat

An Ideal Home No. IV. Top-Floor Chicken Farm by William Heat
The beauty and simplicity of this solution of the problem of how to keep chickens in the top floor of the bijou flat will appeal to readers who like to get as much as possible for their rent

Background imageFloor Collection: Advertisement for linoleum manufacturers

Advertisement for linoleum manufacturers
An advertisement for M Nairn & Co, floor cloth and linoleum manufacturers of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, with premises also in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Paris. circa 1883

Background imageFloor Collection: London Stock Exchange - The Stock Jobbers Pitches

London Stock Exchange - The Stock Jobbers Pitches. Date: early 1960s

Background imageFloor Collection: Ballroom Dancing Italy

Ballroom Dancing Italy
Four couples take advantage of the dance-floor in a smart restaurant

Background imageFloor Collection: Tsar Nicholas II with his family

Tsar Nicholas II with his family
Tsar Nicholas II with his wife Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna and their five children, from left; Maria, Alexei (seated on floor), Olga, Tatiana and Anastasia

Background imageFloor Collection: Derrick Floor of an oil rig, Iran

Derrick Floor of an oil rig, Iran
Derrick Floor of an oil drilling rig, Iran

Background imageFloor Collection: Earth, topographic and bathymetric map

Earth, topographic and bathymetric map. This whole Earth map is centred on the Greenwich meridian, at zero degrees latitude

Background imageFloor Collection: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Geishas in a Garden

Traditional Japanese Woodblock Geishas in a Garden
This print shows two Geishas tending to plants in a garden. There are several pots of different shapes and sizes. The Geisha kneeling appears to be tending to Marigolds.Utagawa Toyokuni (1769)

Background imageFloor Collection: LCC-LFB Tooley Street fire station and its crews

LCC-LFB Tooley Street fire station and its crews
Built in 1879, and located at 165 Tooley Street, this station remained operational until 1928 when the new Dockhead fire station was opened and the engines and crews transferred there

Background imageFloor Collection: Advert, Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd, Kirkcaldy

Advert, Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd, Kirkcaldy
Advert for Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd, Manufacturers of Floor Cloth, Linoleum and Cork Carpet, Kirkcaldy, Scotland. 1905

Background imageFloor Collection: The Arnolfini Portrait by Van Eyck

The Arnolfini Portrait by Van Eyck
The Arnolfini Portrait. 1434. By Jan van Eyck (1394-1441). Oil on oak panel. National Gallery. London. Great Britain

Background imageFloor Collection: UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico

UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico
Irving Newton, Met. Officer at Roswell USAFB, New Mexico, holds debris of a supposed flying saucer found by rancher Mac Brazel, stated by the US Air Force to be a weather balloon

Background imageFloor Collection: Trinity College of Music, Mandeville Place, London

Trinity College of Music, Mandeville Place, London -- Entrance Hall, showing main staircase leading upwards. circa 1922

Background imageFloor Collection: Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5

Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5, 25 February 1956. An escape ladder is extended to the second floor, with Sub Officer Kirby of A9 Fulham carrying a 19-month-old child

Background imageFloor Collection: Mariana trench sea floor topography

Mariana trench sea floor topography
Mariana trench topography. Computer model of the topography of the region surrounding the Mariana trench (purple arc, lower centre) in the Pacific Ocean, the deepest point on Earth

Background imageFloor Collection: Eltham Palace K010530

Eltham Palace K010530
ELTHAM PALACE, London. Interior view of the Entrance Hall with the re-created 1930s Engstromer furniture and Dorn carpet

Background imageFloor Collection: Hampstead & Highgate Express sign in Hampstead, London

Hampstead & Highgate Express sign in Hampstead, London, next to a street lamp, left of picture. The building is on Perrin?s Court Hampstead NW3

Background imageFloor Collection: Athletic young man in shorts with ball lying on a stone floor

Athletic young man in shorts with ball lying on a stone floor

Background imageFloor Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
Sir Gawain takes up the challenge. As instructed by the Green Knight, he swings the battleaxe and cuts off the Green Knights head. The head falls off and rolls towards the banqueting guests

Background imageFloor Collection: Madaba Mosaic Map, 6th century AD, detail showing Jerusalem, Madaba, Jordan

Madaba Mosaic Map, 6th century AD, detail showing Jerusalem, Madaba, Jordan, Middle East " The mosaic represents the biblical land from Egypt to Lebanon including Sinai, Israel

Background imageFloor Collection: 1960S Kitchen

1960S Kitchen
A classic kitchen, with a dresser, folding table, gas cooker with whistle kettle, trendy floor tiles and various types of kitchenalia

Background imageFloor Collection: Glenlivet Scotch Whisky distillery 1890

Glenlivet Scotch Whisky distillery 1890
Six thousand barrels of whisky in a bonded warehouse on the ground floor, Edinburgh, Scotland, proprietors Andrew Usher and Co. 1890

Background imageFloor Collection: Nadia Comaneci of Romania salutes after a prefect gymnastic score of 10

Nadia Comaneci of Romania salutes after a prefect gymnastic score of 10, Montreal Summer Olympic Games, Canada - 18th July 1976

Background imageFloor Collection: Whippet and Blackbird

Whippet and Blackbird
Unusual Friends - Whippet and Blackbird. 1950s

Background imageFloor Collection: Silhouette of men in a pub

Silhouette of men in a pub
The Lads of the Village -- silhouette of men enjoying a drink of beer in their local pub. An advertisement for Worthington beer

Background imageFloor Collection: Chicago Board of Trade

Chicago Board of Trade - the interesting, lively, and at times noisy trading on the floor. Date: 1916

Background imageFloor Collection: Billiard Room, Union Jack Club, Lambeth, London

Billiard Room, Union Jack Club, Lambeth, London
View of the Billiard Room at the Union Jack Club, Waterloo Road, Lambeth, London. The club opened in 1907 to cater for members and ex-members of the armed forces. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFloor Collection: Restaurant Frascati, Oxford Street, London W1

Restaurant Frascati, Oxford Street, London W1
Restaurant Frascati, 32 Oxford Street, London W1, with people dancing on the dance floor. Frascatis was a large, luxury restaurant offering cosmopolitan cuisine. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageFloor Collection: Sea cucumber

Sea cucumber (Thelenota sp.) spawning. Microscopic sex cells (gametes) are being released to allow fertilisation (the fusing of a male and a female sex cell)

Background imageFloor Collection: Cinderella ballet, Ugly Sisters trying to dance

Cinderella ballet, Ugly Sisters trying to dance
The Ugly Sisters try to follow their dancing master while Cinderella stands disconsolately by the fire. A scene from a ballet version of Cinderella, based on French and Spanish fairytales

Background imageFloor Collection: Crystal Palace Plan

Crystal Palace Plan
A floor plan of the Exhibition building - the ground floor and the galleries, showing how the courts open out from the central transept

Background imageFloor Collection: Floor of tepidarium in Roman central baths mosaic depicting Triton surrounded by dolphins

Floor of tepidarium in Roman central baths mosaic depicting Triton surrounded by dolphins, an octopus, squid and cherub with a whip, Herculaneum, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Campania, Italy, Europe

Background imageFloor Collection: Australia, topographic map

Australia, topographic map. Highlands and lowlands of the continents are shown as ridges and flat areas. Southeast Asia (top left), New Zealand (lower right) and Antarctica (bottom right)

Background imageFloor Collection: Remington Family

Remington Family
SIR THOMAS REMINGTON of Lund, Yorkshire, with his wife and their fifteen living children; five deceased infants lie on the floor in their shrouds, poor wee mites

Background imageFloor Collection: Blacksmith shoeing a Metropolitan Police horse

Blacksmith shoeing a Metropolitan Police horse
A blacksmith shoeing a Metropolitan Police horse. There are discarded horseshoes on the floor, and more hanging from a rack on the wall. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageFloor Collection: Ballroom Dance / Britain

Ballroom Dance / Britain
A happy couple swirl around the dance floor: Lifes only hope just to live it again - some night, some waltz, some girl

Background imageFloor Collection: Home of a Spitalfields weaver

Home of a Spitalfields weaver
Interior of a Huguenot silk weavers home in Spitalfields, London, showing the weaver hard at work at his loom, while other members of the family work on frames and spools

Background imageFloor Collection: Looking up at the skylight and upper levels of the Guggenheim museum in New York city

Looking up at the skylight and upper levels of the Guggenheim museum in New York city

Background imageFloor Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageFloor Collection: Bluebells (Hyacinthoides sp. )

Bluebells (Hyacinthoides sp. )
Bluebell flowers (Hyacinthoides sp.) in woodland. Photographed in spring, in Dorset, UK

Background imageFloor Collection: Brooklyn Union Gas Company

Brooklyn Union Gas Company
Brooklyn Union Gas. Interior of what appears to be the main floor of the Brooklyn Union Gas Co

Background imageFloor Collection: Three turtles swimming underwater

Three turtles swimming underwater. Watercolour painting by Raymond Sheppard

Background imageFloor Collection: Floor mosaic, Church of the Virgin, Madaba, Jordan, Middle East

Floor mosaic, Church of the Virgin, Madaba, Jordan, Middle East

Background imageFloor Collection: Earth, topographic and bathymetric map

Earth, topographic and bathymetric map. This map is centred on the Pacific Ocean, at longitude 140 degrees west. Highlands and lowlands of the continents are shown as ridges and flat areas



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"From ancient mosaics to modern marvels, the floor tells tales of history and innovation. In Pompeii's Fish Mosaic, vibrant colors dance beneath our feet, preserving a glimpse into Roman life. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight transports us to Arthurian times, where chivalry meets enchantment on the medieval floor. The Tower Ballroom in Blackpool invites us to glide across its polished surface, as ballroom dancing echoes through its grand halls. But they are not just for leisure; they can be transformed into functional spaces too. William Heat's Top-Floor Chicken Farm showcases ingenuity as he turns an ordinary space into a thriving poultry haven. Linoleum manufacturers entice us with their advertisements, promising durability and style for our homes. In Kirkcaldy, Barry, Ostlere & Shepherd Ltd captivate us with their advert that brings linoleum to life in stunning patterns and textures. Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait reveals intricate details on the wooden floorboards that ground this iconic masterpiece. The London Stock Exchange is a hub of activity where stock jobbers gather on pitches - floors buzzing with financial transactions shaping economies worldwide. Italy enchants us once again with ballroom dancing; couples twirl gracefully across ornate parquet floors. Even royalty finds solace on the floor; Tsar Nicholas II shares tender moments with his family amidst opulent surroundings. On an oil rig in Iran, workers navigate the derrick floor tirelessly extracting precious resources from deep within the Earth. And speaking of Earth itself - topographic and bathymetric maps reveal nature's contours beneath our very feet - reminding us that even Mother Nature has her own magnificent 'floor' plan. " Note.