Cygnus and Lyra constellations
Cygnus and Lyra constellations. Illustrated card from a 19th century astronomical teaching aid called Urania's Mirror, after the Greek muse of astronomy. There are 32 cards in total. The cards are pierced with holes corresponding to the brightest stars so the pattern of the constellations can be seen when held up to the light. The cards were published in London, England, and it is thought they date from around 1825. This card shows the constellations Lacerta (the lizard), Cygnus (the swan), Lyra (the lyre, a musical instrument), Vulpecula (the little fox), and Anser (the goose; obsolete). For all 32 cards, see V700/172-203.
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First Lesson in the Goose Step
A small scrawny goose leading Germen troops, in a 'goose-stepping' lesson. Heath Robinson produced a large number of drawings for the Sketch during World War I, poking fun at the German army and showing a lighter side to war. The goose in the picture is similar to a small bird which regularly appeared as a kind of personal signature in Heath Robinson drawings during the early part of his career. Robinson was a regular contributor to the Sketch, the Bystander and other ILN titles during his lifetime. His weekly drawings featuring mind-boggling contraptions and designs were immensely popular. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evan"
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Views and crafts of Buckinghamshire, Women's Institute banner design, 1937, (1943)
Views and crafts of Buckinghamshire, Women's Institute banner design, 1937, (1943). 'Page painted by a member of a Buckinghamshire Women's Institute', showing a lace-maker; a chair 'bodger'; wildlife; a Windsor wheel-back chair; Monk's Risborough; The Guildhall, High Wycombe; John Milton's cottage, Chalfont St Giles; beech trees; the Whiteleaf Cross at Prince's Risborough. 'From a book illuminated by members of Women's Institutes and presented to their Chairman, Lady Denman, June 1937'. The Women's Institute (WI) was formed in Britain 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. The organisation broadened its aims to provide women with educational opportunities, learn new skills, take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on social issues that matter to them and their communities. It is non-sectarian and non-party political, and is the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. Published in "Women's Institutes', by Cicely McCall. [Collins, London, 1943]
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