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Iron Collection

"Iron: A Symbol of Strength, Power, and Resilience" Iron has long been a symbol of strength and power throughout history. From the cover of the first issue of Ms

Background imageIron Collection: MS. MAGAZINE, 1972. Cover of the first issue of Ms. magazine, spring 1972

MS. MAGAZINE, 1972. Cover of the first issue of Ms. magazine, spring 1972

Background imageIron Collection: Smithfield Market

Smithfield Market
Carcasses hanging from hooks and butchers wearing their traditional white overalls at Smithfield Market, London. Date: 1950s

Background imageIron Collection: Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire, UK

Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire, UK
The Uffington White Horse is a highly stylised prehistoric hill figure, 110 m long, formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk

Background imageIron Collection: The Thief - painting by Antonio Maria Fabres y Costa

The Thief - painting by Antonio Maria Fabres y Costa
Postcard image after a painting by Antonio Maria Fabres y Costa La Ladrona (" The Thief" ) in the los Tiros art gallery in Granada, Spain

Background imageIron Collection: Margaret Thatcher 1925-

Margaret Thatcher 1925-
MARGARET THATCHER nee ROBERTS First woman to be British Prime Minister (Conservative) 1979-90

Background imageIron Collection: Duke Wellington / Paul Pry

Duke Wellington / Paul Pry
DUKE OF WELLINGTON British General and Statesman Known as the Iron Duke A Wellington Boot - Satire

Background imageIron Collection: The Telford iron bridge, built in 1815, across the River Spey, near Craigellachie

The Telford iron bridge, built in 1815, across the River Spey, near Craigellachie, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageIron Collection: Scunthorpe Iron Works

Scunthorpe Iron Works
Iron-smelting works at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England

Background imageIron Collection: Mills Bomb No 5 hand grenade, used during World War One

Mills Bomb No 5 hand grenade, used during World War One, 1915. Oval cast iron segmented body with handle and split pin. Marked on base plate with grenade number and maker?s name P B and Company

Background imageIron Collection: Shar Pei Dog - puppy with iron on ironing board

Shar Pei Dog - puppy with iron on ironing board
JD-17441 DOG - Shar Pei puppy with iron on ironing board John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageIron Collection: Inside the Great Exhibition of 1851

Inside the Great Exhibition of 1851
The Great Exhibition of All Nations - general view of the interior of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London

Background imageIron Collection: Iron Miner

Iron Miner
5th June 1948: A miner pauses in a tunnel before starting a shift in Britains most modern iron ore mine, at Irthlinborough in Northamptonshire

Background imageIron Collection: Cast iron Victorian walking stick stand

Cast iron Victorian walking stick stand

Background imageIron Collection: Bridges on the Tyne

Bridges on the Tyne
The handsome bridges connecting Gateshead and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Great Tyne Bridge arches over Stephensons High Level Bridge, a double-decker built in 1846

Background imageIron Collection: The Iron Foundry, Burmeister & Wain, 1885, by Peder Severin

The Iron Foundry, Burmeister & Wain, 1885, by Peder Severin
Peder Severin Kroyer (1851-1909). Danish painter. The Iron Foundry, Burmeister & Wain, 1885. National Museum of Art. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageIron Collection: Gelli coalmine, Rhondda, South Wales

Gelli coalmine, Rhondda, South Wales
View of the Gelli coalmine, Rhondda, South Wales. Date: 1935

Background imageIron Collection: The Mammoth Iron Steam-Ship Great Eastern

The Mammoth Iron Steam-Ship Great Eastern designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel Date: ca. 1873

Background imageIron Collection: Magnetic repulsion

Magnetic repulsion. The iron filings sprinkled between these two bar magnets reveal the shape of the repulsive magnetic field between them

Background imageIron Collection: Dressmakers workshop

Dressmakers workshop
Staff in the workroom of a dressmaker or outfitter. Clothes in various stages of completion are on dummies. The employees (all female apart from a solitary man with a tape measure around his neck)

Background imageIron Collection: Tailoring tools

Tailoring tools
Tools used in tailoring, including scissors, needle and thread, chalk, measuring tape, a ruler and a smoothing iron

Background imageIron Collection: Woman Ironing, begun c. 1876, completed c. 1887. Creator: Edgar Degas

Woman Ironing, begun c. 1876, completed c. 1887. Creator: Edgar Degas
Woman Ironing, begun c. 1876, completed c. 1887

Background imageIron Collection: Swans, Windsor Bridge, Henley

Swans, Windsor Bridge, Henley
Mute swans feed from a pontoon near the Windsor Bridge across the River Thames, Henley, Berkshire, UK. First published The Sunday Times Date: 1989

Background imageIron Collection: One of three miniature metal Sikh kirpan daggers

One of three miniature metal Sikh kirpan daggers, nd. Blades shaped like pesh-kabz. Hilts of metal rod, with moulding. Believed to be associated with the indian Mutiny (1857-1859)

Background imageIron Collection: HMS Iron Duke and the Great Fire of Smyrna, 1922

HMS Iron Duke and the Great Fire of Smyrna, 1922
A vivid photograph of the burning of Smyrna after its capture by the Turks, with HMS Iron Duke, the flagship of the Mediterranean fleet, in the foreground. Date: 1922

Background imageIron Collection: Brunels SS Great Eastern, Milford Haven, South Wales

Brunels SS Great Eastern, Milford Haven, South Wales
Brunels iron sailing steamship, the SS Great Eastern, berthed at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, during the 1870s. The ship is so large that it runs the length of Hamilton Terrace

Background imageIron Collection: Iron Works / Corby / Photo

Iron Works / Corby / Photo
Smoke billowing out of the Iron Works, Corby, Northamptonshire

Background imageIron Collection: Iron bridge across entrance to Braunston Marina, off Grand Union Canal

Iron bridge across entrance to Braunston Marina, off Grand Union Canal, near Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageIron Collection: PAXTON, Joseph (1801-1865). Crystal Palace. 1851

PAXTON, Joseph (1801-1865). Crystal Palace. 1851. First building with revolutionary modular, prefabricated design, and use of glass. Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park, London

Background imageIron Collection: Advertisement for Cadburys Golden Key

Advertisement for Cadburys Golden Key -- male and female models (Barry Trengove and Geraldine Hill) posing. 1959

Background imageIron Collection: Iron entry, Rainbow row, Historic Charleston, SC

Iron entry, Rainbow row, Historic Charleston, SC

Background imageIron Collection: Landore Viaduct construction, near Swansea, South Wales

Landore Viaduct construction, near Swansea, South Wales
View of construction work on the Landore Viaduct, over the Swansea valley and the River Tawe, on the Great Western Railway, Glamorgan, South Wales

Background imageIron Collection: Dr. Beebe climbing out of his bathysphere, August 1934

Dr. Beebe climbing out of his bathysphere, August 1934
Photograph of Dr. William Beebe and his two-ton iron bathysphere off St. George, Bermuda, 11th August 1934. Dr. Beebe and his photographer, Otis Barton

Background imageIron Collection: Consett Ironworks

Consett Ironworks
Consett Iron Works, county Durham - a spectacular sight at night. Note the railway for transporting the coal in the foreground

Background imageIron Collection: The Iron Bridge over the River Severn, Ironbridge, Shropshire, England, UK

The Iron Bridge over the River Severn, Ironbridge, Shropshire, England, UK

Background imageIron Collection: The kings two daggers, one with a blade of gold, the other of iron

The kings two daggers, one with a blade of gold, the other of iron, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageIron Collection: Bessemer converter in Longwy steelworks, France

Bessemer converter in Longwy steelworks, France
A Bessemer converter in the Longwy steelworks, France -- a process designed for the mass production of steel from molten pig iron

Background imageIron Collection: Lime Street Station

Lime Street Station
Main entrance to Liverpool Lime Street, one of the first stations to send mail by train. IoE 359020

Background imageIron Collection: The Cromdale wrecked at Bass Point, The Lizard, Cornwall

The Cromdale wrecked at Bass Point, The Lizard, Cornwall
The Cromdale, a fully rigged iron sailing barque, wrecked in heavy fog at Bass Point, The Lizard, Cornwall, on 23 May 1913. Date: 1913

Background imageIron Collection: Picture No. 10741186

Picture No. 10741186
Old Sarum, the original site of Salisbury with castle ruins and cathedral foundations inside two high Iron Age banks (earthworks), Wiltshire Date:

Background imageIron Collection: Slice of Canyon Diablo meteorite

Slice of Canyon Diablo meteorite
Iron meteorites, when sliced open and etched with acid, typically show a distinctive criss-cross pattern called a Widmanstatten pattern. This slice is 15cm across

Background imageIron Collection: HMS Iron Duke, British battleship

HMS Iron Duke, British battleship, launched 1912, served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet during the First World War, used as a base ship at Scapa Flow during the Second World War

Background imageIron Collection: Kaiser Wilhelm II presenting medals, Warsaw, WW1

Kaiser Wilhelm II presenting medals, Warsaw, WW1
Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), German Emperor, presenting Iron Crosses to troops in Warsaw, Poland, soon after the city was captured by the Austro-German Army during the First World War

Background imageIron Collection: Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

Cinderella by Arthur Rackham
Cinderellas sisters arriving for the Ball in all their finery. Date: 1919

Background imageIron Collection: Taffs Well Viaduct, near Cardiff, Glamorgan, South Wales

Taffs Well Viaduct, near Cardiff, Glamorgan, South Wales
View of Taffs Well Viaduct, also known as Walnut Tree Viaduct, near Cardiff, Glamorgan, South Wales. This was a railway viaduct crossing the canal

Background imageIron Collection: Badge of the Royal Armoured Corps

Badge of the Royal Armoured Corps. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageIron Collection: Woman & Aspidistra Photo

Woman & Aspidistra Photo
A woman in an enormous hat festooned with plumes & fabric sits in the garden outside her door. She rests her arm upon a small, 3 legged table on which stands an aspidistra in a pot

Background imageIron Collection: Oldbury Factories

Oldbury Factories
A West Midlands town known for its manufacture of iron and steel tubes, chemical and engineering products - hence such an out put of smoke !

Background imageIron Collection: J Shop - Iron Foundry, 1951

J Shop - Iron Foundry, 1951
Casting cylinders



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"Iron: A Symbol of Strength, Power, and Resilience" Iron has long been a symbol of strength and power throughout history. From the cover of the first issue of Ms. Magazine in 1972 to Antonio Maria Fabres y Costa's painting "The Thief, " iron has made its mark on art and culture. In Oxfordshire, UK, the Uffington White Horse stands tall as an ancient figure carved into the hillside, showcasing the enduring nature of iron. Margaret Thatcher, known as the Iron Lady for her strong leadership style, exemplified this quality during her time as Prime Minister. The Duke Wellington/Paul Pry statue reminds us of another aspect - its versatility. Whether used in weaponry or everyday objects like walking stick stands or irons on ironing boards with adorable Shar Pei puppies nearby, it serves various purposes. Industrial sites such as Scunthorpe Iron Works and Gelli coalmine in Rhondda demonstrate how iron played a crucial role in shaping economies and communities. The Mills Bomb No 5 hand grenade reminds us that even in times of war (like World War One), iron was utilized for destructive purposes. HMS Iron Duke's involvement in the Great Fire of Smyrna highlights both tragedy and resilience. Just like they are withstand intense heat without losing its form, humanity too can rise from ashes stronger than ever before. Stepping back further into history takes us inside the Great Exhibition of 1851 where cast-iron structures showcased innovation and progress. This event marked a turning point when society recognized not only the functional but also aesthetic value that could be derived from this metal. Whether through artistry or industry, symbolism or functionality, one thing remains clear: Iron is more than just a material; it represents endurance against adversity – an unyielding force that shapes our world.