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Human Interest Collection

Captivating glimpses into the lives of extraordinary individuals throughout history, showcasing their passions, talents, and impact on the world

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas
10th August 1946: Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953), relaxing outside. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4156 - Nest Of Singing Birds - pub

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein
American composer Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990), writer of symphonic music as well as Broadway shows. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein
Composer Leonard Bernstein conducting at Londons Royal Festival Hall. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Poaching

Poaching
Two poachers with a sack. At their feet their lurcher dogs and the corpses of several hares. Original Artwork: Artist - Henry Alken (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte
circa 1840: English novelist Charlotte Bronte (1816 - 1855). Original Artwork: Portrait by Thompson. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Bronte Sisters by Patrick Branwell Bronte

Bronte Sisters by Patrick Branwell Bronte
circa 1834: English writers Anne, Emily and Charlotte Bronte. Original Artwork: Painting by their brother, Patrick Branwell Bronte who painted himself among his sisters

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Franz Liszt at 30 Years of Age

Franz Liszt at 30 Years of Age
Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886) at the age of 30. Original Artwork: Reproduced from a daguerreotype, the first commercially successful photographic process

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Prima Ballerina Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova

Prima Ballerina Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova
1924: Russian Ballet dancer Anna Pavlova (1882 - 1931), regarded as the prima ballerina of her era. (Photo by James Abbe/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven
German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827). Original Artwork: Portrait August von Kloeber (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Cigar-Smoking Child

Cigar-Smoking Child
Three year-old Robert Quigley smoking a cigar, Washington DC, 30th August 1928. Quigley apparently started smoking when, as a one year-old on his fathers knee

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Gas Masks For Dogs

Gas Masks For Dogs
1939: Three Airedale dogs wearing their special gas masks at a Surrey kennel. They are being trained by Lt Col E. H. Richardson. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Benito Mussolini Portrait 1925

Benito Mussolini Portrait 1925
12th November 1925: Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (1883 - 1945). (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Guy The Gorilla, Regents Park Zoo

Guy The Gorilla, Regents Park Zoo
4th November 1974: A close-up of Guy, the best remembered gorilla who lived at Regents Park Zoo. He arrived on 5 November 1947, Guy Fawkes Day, hence his name ‘Guy'

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Dogs Of War

Dogs Of War
Two Airedale terriers at Lt. Colonel E. H. Richardsons canine training camp in Woking, Surrey, during World War II, 16th October 1939

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Church Sheep

Church Sheep
6th August 1955: Sheep huddle in the doorway of the Abbey on the tiny island of Iona, famous for its connection with St Columba who founded a community on Iona after he was expelled from Ireland

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Awful Changes

Awful Changes
A cartoon, published in 1830, 28 years before Darwins Origin Of Species, lampooning theories of evolution. Entitled Awful Changes, it depicts an Ichthyosaurus giving a lecture on a human skull

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Upper church of Ostrog Monastery, Montenegro

Upper church of Ostrog Monastery, Montenegro
The Monastery of Ostrog is a monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church situated against an almost vertical background, in Montenegro

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Fawley Oil Refinery

Fawley Oil Refinery
circa 1952: Fawley Oil Refinery, Southampton, is owned by the Esso Petroleum Company. It is the largest oil refinery in Europe. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Caesar crossing the Rubicon

Caesar crossing the Rubicon
Illustration of a Caesar crossing the Rubicon. This event of crossing a small stream in Northern Italy became one of ancient historys most pivotal events, for from it sprang the Roman Empire

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Neidpath Castle

Neidpath Castle
25th January 1937: 15th century Neidpath Castle in the southern Scottish county of Peeblesshire in the Borders Region. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: T T Photographer

T T Photographer
9th June 1951: Don Price taking photos, with a Speed Graphic camera, of the TT race by standing on a Matchless 500 Twin motorcycle. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
circa 1925: English novelist Agatha Christie (1891 - 1976). (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Cupid & Psyche

Cupid & Psyche
circa 1890: Psyche, a beautiful princess in Roman mythology, with her lover Cupid, the god of love. Psyche was made immortal by Jupiter, king of the gods

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch
Anglo-Irish prize winning novelist, playwright and philosopher, Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999). (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky
Russian-born American composer, conductor and pianist Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971) conducting at a recording session in London. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Soused Mouse

Soused Mouse
27th February 1954: A mouse is tempted to climb a miniature ladder for a sip of sherry in a wine cellar at Jerez in Spain. Original Publication: Picture Post - 6734 - Sherry Comes From Spain - pub

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell
English novelist and biographer of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, nee Stevenson, (1810 - 1865). Original Artwork: Drawing by George Richmond. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Sydney At Your Feet

Sydney At Your Feet
January 1957: A white cat who lives at the top of one of the pylon supports of the Sydney Harbour Bridge welcomes tourists to the Australian capital. (Photo by Dennis Rowe/BIPs/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Farrier At Work

Farrier At Work
A farrier attending to a horses hoof, circa 1930. (Photo by Keystone View Company/FPG/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Hounds And Horse

Hounds And Horse
17th January 1953: Some of the hounds of the Pytchley Hunt with a horse at a meeting in Daventry in Northamptonshire. Original Publication: Picture Post - 6531 - A Hunting We Will Go - pub

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: President Roosevelt

President Roosevelt
circa 1942: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945), the 32nd President of the United States of America. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Dulux Dog Drunk

Dulux Dog Drunk
22nd August 1972: Dash, the famous old English sheep dog who has starred in the Dulux paint commercials for 12 years at the reception held in honour of his retirement

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Stand To Attention

Stand To Attention
29th September 1931: Peter, the mongrel dog of Tower View in London begging on a jetty near Tower Bridge. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone
Illustration shows the Rosetta Stone as it sits on a pedestal, 1800s. The stone contains identical text in three languages, hieroglyphs, Egyptian, and ancient Greek

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Ostrog Monastery, Montenegro

Ostrog Monastery, Montenegro
The Monastery of Ostrog is a monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church situated against an almost vertical background, in Montenegro

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria
The village of Hallstatt, Lake Hallstatt, UNESCO World Heritage Hallstatt-Dachstein is a village in the Salzkammergut, a region in Austria. It is located near the HallstAÔé¼tter See (a lake)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: SS Terra Nova

SS Terra Nova
11th February 1913: A photgraph of the SS Terra Nova used by Captain Robert Falcon Scott on his ill-fated Antarctic expedtion to the South Pole, and signed by him

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Italian Dictator

Italian Dictator
November 1923: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883 - 1945), wearing a national malitia uniform. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein
20th February 1970: American composer, conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990). (Photo by William H. Alden/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Graham Greene

Graham Greene
14th August 1954: English novelist and playwright Graham Greene (1904-1991). Original Publication: Picture Post - 7239 - Graham Greene - pub. 1954 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Lost In Sheep

Lost In Sheep
11th August 1951: A flock of sheep manoeuvre their way around a parked car on their way down the slopes of Snowdonia, at Hafod-y-Llan, Wales

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Dorset Rams

Dorset Rams
9th July 1949: Dorset Horned rams from a flock at the Maiden Castle Farm, Dorset. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4826 - Where Are The Downland Sheep? - pub

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Sheeps Eyes

Sheeps Eyes
9th July 1949: A flock of sheep standing placidly in a field at Maiden Castle Farm, Dorchester. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4826 - Where Are The Downland Sheep? - pub

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Quasimodo

Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame from the book by Victor Hugo. Original Artwork: Illustrator - Antoine Wiertz of Brussels (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Duke Ellington in London

Duke Ellington in London
6th October 1958: American big band leader and legendary jazz pianist Duke Ellington (1899 - 1974), in London. (Photo by Reg Davis/Express/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Fly Past

Fly Past
31st May 1956: Shackletons of RAF Coastal Command at a Fly Past over Buckingham Palace at the ceremony of Trooping the Colour. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova

Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova
Russian Ballet dancer Anna Pavlova (1882 - 1931), regarded as the prima ballerina of her era, wearing a pleated dress without a corset for complete freedom of movement

Background imageHuman Interest Collection: Bloodhounds

Bloodhounds
23rd October 1978: Four bloodhounds participating in Windsor Forest Hunt. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)



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Captivating glimpses into the lives of extraordinary individuals throughout history, showcasing their passions, talents, and impact on the world. From the literary genius of the Bronte Sisters to the musical virtuosity of Franz Liszt at 30 years of age, each person's story unfolds with remarkable depth. Leonard Bernstein's symphonic brilliance echoes through time while Ludwig Van Beethoven's compositions continue to stir souls centuries later. Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova mesmerizes audiences with her graceful movements, embodying the essence of Russian ballet. The Fawley Oil Refinery stands as a testament to human innovation and progress in an ever-changing world. A striking image captures a cigar-smoking child, reminding us that even in innocence there can be unexpected complexities. Iris Murdoch's profound intellect shines through her writings, leaving an indelible mark on literature. Benito Mussolini's portrait from 1925 reflects his powerful presence during a tumultuous era in history. Nestled amidst Montenegro's rugged beauty lies Ostrog Monastery—a sanctuary steeped in spirituality and serenity for countless seekers over centuries past and present. Agatha Christie weaves intricate mysteries that keep readers enthralled till the very end—her storytelling prowess unmatched by many others before or since. Amidst all these awe-inspiring figures and places emerges a poignant reminder: change is inevitable but not always pleasant; it is how we navigate those 'awful changes' that defines our humanity.