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"Money: A Timeless Tale of Wealth, Power, and Struggles" In the whimsical world of Lear's Owl & Pussycat, amidst a backdrop of C19 challenges, money takes center stage

Background imageMoney Collection: La Dame a la Licorne (Lady and the Unicorn) : To my only desire, 1484-1500 (Wool and silk tapestry)

La Dame a la Licorne (Lady and the Unicorn) : To my only desire, 1484-1500 (Wool and silk tapestry)
JLJ4680287 La Dame a la Licorne (Lady and the Unicorn) : To my only desire, 1484-1500 (Wool and silk tapestry) by Flemish School

Background imageMoney Collection: The Lawyer's Office, 1628. Creator: Pieter de Bloot

The Lawyer's Office, 1628. Creator: Pieter de Bloot
The Lawyer's Office, 1628

Background imageMoney Collection: WW2 leaflet, Warship Week, HMS Victory bulldog

WW2 leaflet, Warship Week, HMS Victory bulldog
WW2 leaflet, Warship Week, The Navy Guards Your Food. HMS Victory bulldog. In support of the National Savings Movement and the Warship Week Campaign. Date: 1942

Background imageMoney Collection: Five pound note

Five pound note issued by the Bank of England

Background imageMoney Collection: Lear / Owl & Pussycat / C19

Lear / Owl & Pussycat / C19
The Owl & the Pussy-Cat went to sea, In a beautiful pea- green boat; They took some honey, & plenty of money, Wrapped up in a five-pound note

Background imageMoney Collection: Tsai Shen Yeh - The Chinese God of wealth

Tsai Shen Yeh - The Chinese God of wealth
Tsai Shen Yeh is a Chinese God of wealth (often also called Lu Shing or The Star God of Wealth). Images of the God can be seen in many Chinese and oriental houses and buildings

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

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

Background imageMoney Collection: Northern Trust Company Bank, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Northern Trust Company Bank, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Northern Trust Company Bank, La Salle and Monroe Streets, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageMoney Collection: National coal strike - demands of miners 1912

National coal strike - demands of miners 1912
National coal strike, to secure a minimum wage that lasted from February to early April 1912. This table shows how the wages differ per day in Great Britain and Ireland during 1910, of boys, youths

Background imageMoney Collection: Coins of Pontius Pilate, 30-31 AD (bronze)

Coins of Pontius Pilate, 30-31 AD (bronze)
BLP397810 Coins of Pontius Pilate, 30-31 AD (bronze) by Roman, (1st century AD); Private Collection; (add.info.: Pontius Pilatus)

Background imageMoney Collection: Recruitment poster, Coldstream Guards

Recruitment poster, Coldstream Guards
Recruitment poster, Smart Men Wanted for the Coldstream Guards, showing rates of pay, with Windsor Castle in the background Date: 1923

Background imageMoney Collection: Someone Drops a Sixpence Near Somerset House - HM Bateman

Someone Drops a Sixpence Near Somerset House - HM Bateman
H.M. Bateman had a particular loathing for the taxman as exemplified in this cartoon showing the inhabitants of Somerset House (then the home of the Inland Revenue)

Background imageMoney Collection: Enjoying the Ice near a Town, c. 1620, by Hendrick Avercamp

Enjoying the Ice near a Town, c. 1620, by Hendrick Avercamp
Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634). Dutch painter. Enjoying the Ice near a Town, c. 1620. Rijskmuseum. Amsterdam. Netherlands

Background imageMoney Collection: Group photo, Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, USA

Group photo, Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, USA
Group photo of the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. They were an African-American a cappella ensemble who toured

Background imageMoney Collection: Farrows Bank Ltd. - The Peoples Bank

Farrows Bank Ltd. - The Peoples Bank - 1 Cheapside, London. In setting up the bank, Thomas Farrow wished not only that unsuspecting people in need of money to tide them over a period of temporary

Background imageMoney Collection: Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated in a village landscape

Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated in a village landscape
CH11386 Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated in a village landscape by Brueghel, Pieter the Younger (c.1564-1638); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMoney Collection: Harlequin and Death, 1907. Artist: Somov, Konstantin Andreyevich (1869-1939)

Harlequin and Death, 1907. Artist: Somov, Konstantin Andreyevich (1869-1939)
Harlequin and Death, 1907. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageMoney Collection: Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!, 1797

Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!, 1797. Artist: Gillray, James (1757-1815)
Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!, 1797. From a private collection

Background imageMoney Collection: The Income Tax Official in Hades by H. M. Bateman

The Income Tax Official in Hades by H. M. Bateman
A tax man from the Inland Revenue suffering his worst nightmare - locked in a cage suspended over a pile of cheques and money he cannot reach. Cartoon by H. M

Background imageMoney Collection: A Satire of the Folly of Tulip Mania (oil on panel)

A Satire of the Folly of Tulip Mania (oil on panel)
BAL225541 A Satire of the Folly of Tulip Mania (oil on panel) by Brueghel, Jan the Younger (1601-78); 26x32.2 cm; Private Collection; Johnny Van Haeften Ltd. London; Flemish, out of copyright

Background imageMoney Collection: 1923 German Hyperinflation

1923 German Hyperinflation
A boy and men with a pile of useless Deutsch mark banknotes as hyperinflation hits Germany in 1923

Background imageMoney Collection: Cans of Spam 1940S

Cans of Spam 1940S
Canned Spam luncheon meat, priced at 1 4D (one shilling and four pence in old money), on a shelf in a grocery store

Background imageMoney Collection: British Bank Notes

British Bank Notes
A One Pound and a Ten Shillings note issued following a moratorium announced by the Government at the outbreak of World War One

Background imageMoney Collection: Horse drawn vehicles and barrows in Borough High Street, London, 1904

Horse drawn vehicles and barrows in Borough High Street, London, 1904
Horse drawn vehicles, barrows and shop fronts, 309-317 Borough High Street, London, 1904. Men and boys wait with barrows and horse-drawn carts

Background imageMoney Collection: Parable Of The Talents

Parable Of The Talents
An engraved depiction of The parable of the talents from the New Testament Book of Matthew 25:14-30, circa 1700. The parable tells of three servants

Background imageMoney Collection: French poster, The Future Lies in Socialism

French poster, The Future Lies in Socialism
A French poster which declares that The Future Lies in Socialism, showing men who have fought in the First World War facing up to the octopus monster of commercialism, foreign gold

Background imageMoney Collection: The Star Money - 1

The Star Money - 1
Die Sternthaler : the child gathers up the star money

Background imageMoney Collection: Old Uk Money 1969

Old Uk Money 1969
A pile of " old" United Kindom currency, including pound notes shillings and copper coins before Decimalisation occurred on 15 February 1971

Background imageMoney Collection: OLD ENGLISH COINS

OLD ENGLISH COINS
Old (pre-Decimalisation) British coins (left to right): Top - penny, half penny, threepenny bit. Bottom - half crown, two shillings, one shilling, sixpence - tails

Background imageMoney Collection: Money / Stones / Yap 1885

Money / Stones / Yap 1885
Two chiefs of Yap Island, western Caroline (Pacific) Islands with three huge perforated stones which were used as currency

Background imageMoney Collection: Metric System

Metric System
Applications of the metric system to dimensions, weight and money

Background imageMoney Collection: Good jobs. Good money. Good times

Good jobs. Good money. Good times. Colour photolithograph recruiting poster published by Her Majesty?s Stationery Office, 1973. Printed by Impress Limited, 1973

Background imageMoney Collection: Arabian-Byzantine coin. Coin. FRANCE. Paris

Arabian-Byzantine coin. Coin. FRANCE. Paris. National Library

Background imageMoney Collection: Share certificate for The Yukon Goldfields

Share certificate for The Yukon Goldfields
A share certificate for The Yukon Goldfields Limited, representing 35 shares. Gold deposits were first discovered along the Yukon River in Canada in 1896, and this triggered off a gold rush

Background imageMoney Collection: Two businessmen and different business models

Two businessmen and different business models
The Old Way. The New Way. Two businessmen and different business models and their success or failure. Giving credit or paying cash. Date: 1870

Background imageMoney Collection: Suffragette selling badges

Suffragette selling badges Date: circa 1910s

Background imageMoney Collection: Euro bank notes

Euro bank notes. Three fifty Euro bills. The Euro is the common currency for twelve member states of the European Union including Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy

Background imageMoney Collection: Mental Cruelty by H. M. Bateman

Mental Cruelty by H. M. Bateman
A banks customer struggles to control his reactions at seeing piles of money being handled by the staff behind the counter

Background imageMoney Collection: Humanised turkey in the role of a banker

Humanised turkey in the role of a banker
A humanised turkey dressed in a suit, cast in the role of a fat banker, surrounded by bags of money

Background imageMoney Collection: Pearly King / Collection

Pearly King / Collection
A pearly King collects money for charity from a group of women enjoying a picnic

Background imageMoney Collection: Charity Bootblacks

Charity Bootblacks
To raise money for hospitals, English girls offer their services as shoeblacks to passing gentlemen in the streets of London

Background imageMoney Collection: Thomas Newton, Butcher

Thomas Newton, Butcher

Background imageMoney Collection: Bank of England / Dividend

Bank of England / Dividend
Dividend Day at The Bank of England

Background imageMoney Collection: Advertisement for National Savings

Advertisement for National Savings -- your savings soon mount up -- showing a plane soaring above the countryside

Background imageMoney Collection: Cartoon, The Macmillion (Andrew Carnegie)

Cartoon, The Macmillion (Andrew Carnegie)
Cartoon, The Macmillion -- Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919), Scottish-American industrialist, business magnate, and philanthropist

Background imageMoney Collection: WW2 poster, Wings for Victory, Lets Go, National Savings. Date: circa 1944

WW2 poster, Wings for Victory, Lets Go, National Savings. Date: circa 1944

Background imageMoney Collection: Bolsover Miners

Bolsover Miners
Miners from the Bolsover branch of the National Union of Mineworkers, Derbyshire, collect money for the strike fund Date: May 1984

Background imageMoney Collection: WW2 poster, Britains Sea Power, Destroyers in line ahead, maintain it with your savings

WW2 poster, Britains Sea Power, Destroyers in line ahead, maintain it with your savings. Date: circa 1940



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"Money: A Timeless Tale of Wealth, Power, and Struggles" In the whimsical world of Lear's Owl & Pussycat, amidst a backdrop of C19 challenges, money takes center stage. Just like the elusive five-pound note that slipped through their fingers, it holds both promise and uncertainty. Throughout history, it has been a subject of fascination and satire. Take Gillray's political masterpiece "Political Ravishment, " where the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street finds herself in danger during turbulent times in 1797. Such art captures society's complex relationship with wealth. Tsai Shen Yeh, the Chinese God of wealth, reminds us that money is not just about material possessions but also spiritual abundance. It symbolizes prosperity beyond mere coins or stocks on London Stock Exchange pitches. Even ancient artifacts hold tales of monetary significance; consider Pontius Pilate's bronze coins from 30-31 AD. They remind us how currency has shaped civilizations throughout time. From coal strikes demanding fair wages to Netherlandish Proverbs illustrating societal values tied to wealth distribution—money becomes entwined with social justice struggles across centuries. Yet amidst these complexities lies joyous moments too. Hendrick Avercamp's painting depicts people enjoying ice near a town—a reminder that they are enable leisure and happiness when shared equitably among communities. The Jubilee Singers' group photo showcases how funds raised through talent can uplift marginalized voices at Fisk University in the USA—a testament to using financial resources for positive change. Religious parables such as The Parable Of The Talents teach valuable lessons about utilizing one's financial resources wisely while H. M Bateman humorously portrays an Income Tax Official facing consequences even after death—an eternal reminder that taxes are inevitable. In this ever-evolving world where economies fluctuate like tides, money remains an intricate part of our lives. It reflects our desires for security and success while also highlighting the need for balance and fairness.