Polish Born British Novelist Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad (1857 - 1924) was born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, to Polish parents in Berdichev (now Berdychiv), Ukraine, and was raised and educated primarily in Poland. After a sea-faring career in the French and British merchant marines, he wrote short stories and novels like Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent, which combined his experiences in remote places with an interest in moral conflict and the dark side of human nature. He died in England on August 3, 1924.
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Penny Black Postage Stamp
The world's first adhesive postage stamp, the penny black, originally worth one penny. The stamp was a runaway success when it went on sale in 1840, allowing people to send a letter weighing up to half an ounce to any destination in the country for a flat rate of one penny. The chosen design used an image of Queen Victoria based on a sketch of her aged 15. The same image remained on stamps for more than 60 years until her death in 1901. Eventually more than 68m stamps were sold.(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A couple entering Gretna Green
A couple entering Gretna Green, the Scottish border town where eloping couples go to get married. The village was traditionally popular with eloping English couples because they could be married simply by stating their intention in front of witnesses, usually at the blacksmith's. Scottish marriage laws were tightened in 1856 but the legal age of marriage without parental consent remains lower than in England. Original Publication: Picture Post - 8451 - Gretna Green - unpub. (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Getty Images)