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Occupation Collection

"Occupation: A Tapestry of Time and Place" Step into the past and explore the diverse occupations that have shaped our world

Background imageOccupation Collection: Free French - Honour the Maquis

Free French - Honour the Maquis. The Maquis were rural guerrilla bands of French Resistance fighters, called maquisards, during the Occupation of France in World War II Date: circa 1941

Background imageOccupation Collection: WW2 poster, Fly with the RAF

WW2 poster, Fly with the RAF
WW2 poster, Men in reserved occupations can now fly with the RAF as pilot or observer. Apply nearest combined recruiting centre. Date: 1941

Background imageOccupation Collection: Staff cooks at King George Military Hospital, London, England, 1915

Staff cooks at King George Military Hospital, London, England, 1915
A group portrait of staff cooks at King George Military Hospital, London, England. Two military personnel are sitting in the front row, 1915

Background imageOccupation Collection: Milk Cart

Milk Cart
A horse drawn milk cart

Background imageOccupation Collection: Wringer, wet clothes dryer

Wringer, wet clothes dryer
Antique illustration of a wringer, wet clothes dryer

Background imageOccupation Collection: Snake charmer playing flute-like instrument, snake emerging from basket in front

Snake charmer playing flute-like instrument, snake emerging from basket in front

Background imageOccupation Collection: Illustration of ancient East African city of Axum showing people working marble in the foreground

Illustration of ancient East African city of Axum showing people working marble in the foreground, conical grass huts, and royal palace in background

Background imageOccupation Collection: Direction finding tower MP2, La Corbiere, Jersey, May 1945

Direction finding tower MP2, La Corbiere, Jersey, May 1945
A view of a German concrete watch tower on the coast of Jersey

Background imageOccupation Collection: Children on the Beach, St. Ives, 1886 (oil on canvas)

Children on the Beach, St. Ives, 1886 (oil on canvas)
658034 Children on the Beach, St. Ives, 1886 (oil on canvas) by Forbes, Stanhope Alexander (1857-1947); 30.5x40 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Children on the Beach, St. Ives)

Background imageOccupation Collection: April, from Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730 (colour engraving)

April, from Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730 (colour engraving)
986032 April, from Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730 (colour engraving) by Casteels, Pieter (1684-1749) (after); 46.8x29 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: April, from Twelve Months of Flowers)

Background imageOccupation Collection: Boadicea leading Iceni revolt by Fortunino Matania

Boadicea leading Iceni revolt by Fortunino Matania
Boadicea (variously spelt, eg Boudicca), Queen of the Iceni, wife of Prasutagus. Leader of a vigorous but doomed revolt against the Roman occupation of Britain pictured with her daughters in full

Background imageOccupation Collection: Under Tilmanstone

Under Tilmanstone
A miner working underground in Tilmanstone Colliery, in Kent. Photograph taken using Sashalite lighting equipment

Background imageOccupation Collection: Miners coming off shift at the end of a hard day at the coal face. Circa 1960s

Miners coming off shift at the end of a hard day at the coal face. Circa 1960s

Background imageOccupation Collection: Woodsman during a break from forest work, Historic, digitally restored reproduction of an original

Woodsman during a break from forest work, Historic, digitally restored reproduction of an original from the 19th
7279735 Woodsman during a break from forest work, Historic, digitally restored reproduction of an original from the 19th century by Unknown Artist

Background imageOccupation Collection: The Tea-Table, 1920 (oil on canvas)

The Tea-Table, 1920 (oil on canvas)
656960 The Tea-Table, 1920 (oil on canvas) by Harvey, Harold (1874-1941); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Tea-Table. Harold Harvey (1874-1941). Oil on canvas. Dated 1920

Background imageOccupation Collection: Whitby Harbour, Yorkshire

Whitby Harbour, Yorkshire
19th century vintage photograph: Whitby Harbour, Yorkshire, fishing boats in the harbour

Background imageOccupation Collection: Reconstruction of the Templo Mayor complex in the

Reconstruction of the Templo Mayor complex in the city of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, founded in 1325. It was the capital of the Aztec Empire until its occupation in 1521 by Hernᮠ Cort鳠 during

Background imageOccupation Collection: horse-powered threshing machine

horse-powered threshing machine
Illustration of a horse-powered threshing machine

Background imageOccupation Collection: Standing African woman in traditional Somalian clothing pounding grain in a clay pot using a

Standing African woman in traditional Somalian clothing pounding grain in a clay pot using a stick, front view

Background imageOccupation Collection: Sailors demonstrating flag semaphore system

Sailors demonstrating flag semaphore system

Background imageOccupation Collection: Lancashire Mill Town; Cotton mill worker Alice Nelson sets out for work at the Lilac Mill in Shaw

Lancashire Mill Town; Cotton mill worker Alice Nelson sets out for work at the Lilac Mill in Shaw
Cotton mill worker Alice Nelson sets out for work at the Lilac Mill in Shaw, Lancashire, January 1955. Original publication: Picture Post - 7474 - Cottons Amazing Recovery - pub

Background imageOccupation Collection: Illustration Of Black Union Regiment, Civil War, 1860s

Illustration Of Black Union Regiment, Civil War, 1860s
Recruitment illustration of a Black Union regiment of soldiers and their White commanding officer, labeled Come and join us, brothers, 1860s. (Kean Collection/Getty Images)

Background imageOccupation Collection: Ross Bridge, Ross, Central Tasmania, Australia

Ross Bridge, Ross, Central Tasmania, Australia
Ross Bridge is an historic bridge in the town of Ross in central Tasmania, Australia which crosses the Macquarie River. It was completed in July 1836 and was designed by architect John Lee Archer

Background imageOccupation Collection: Flinders street station the iconic landmark of Melbourne

Flinders street station the iconic landmark of Melbourne
Flinders Street railway station is a railway station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne, Australia. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network

Background imageOccupation Collection: Rooftop Rifle Range

Rooftop Rifle Range
18th June 1940: London workers at lunchtime target practice on the roof of their office building. (Photo by Gerry Cranham/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageOccupation Collection: Spring Forward In London

Spring Forward In London
A railway worker stands on a ladder and changes a clock ahead one hour to begin Daylight Savings (or Summer) time, at Liverpool Street Station, London, early 20th Century. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

Background imageOccupation Collection: Mass Production

Mass Production
Full-length image of auto workers lowering the body of a Model T onto its chassis on an assembly line ramp outdoors at the Ford Motor Company, Highland Park, Michigan

Background imageOccupation Collection: Businessmen smoking cigarettes and smiling

Businessmen smoking cigarettes and smiling

Background imageOccupation Collection: The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper)

The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper)
823500 The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper) by Simonetti, Ettore (19th century); 75.5x53.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Jewel Box. Ettore Simonetti (1857-1909)

Background imageOccupation Collection: St. James Street Montreal, Canada

St. James Street Montreal, Canada
19th century vintage photograph: St. James Street Montreal, Canada, pedestrian and horse drawn traffic

Background imageOccupation Collection: Crossing the Mer de Glace glacier near Chamonix, French Alps

Crossing the Mer de Glace glacier near Chamonix, French Alps
19th century vintage photograph: Crossing the Mer de Glace glacier near Chamonix in the French Alps

Background imageOccupation Collection: The Chess Game, 1896 (oil on panel)

The Chess Game, 1896 (oil on panel)
989236 The Chess Game, 1896 (oil on panel) by Deutsch, Ludwig (1855-1935); 55x41.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Chess Game. Ludwig Deutsch (1855-1935). Oil on panel. Signed and dated 1896

Background imageOccupation Collection: London 1908 Olympic Games One of the earliest Olympic dramas to be captured on film

London 1908 Olympic Games One of the earliest Olympic dramas to be captured on film. Pietri Dorando collapses after crossing the finishing line in the 1908 Olympic Marathon

Background imageOccupation Collection: The Maquis (French Resistance) attack a group of German soldiers. Date: 1944

The Maquis (French Resistance) attack a group of German soldiers. Date: 1944

Background imageOccupation Collection: A birds eye view of the island of Taiwan

A birds eye view of the island of Taiwan featuring Taipei and Yushan (also known as Mount Yu or Jade Mountain ) - the highest mountain in Taiwan. Created during the Japanese occupation

Background imageOccupation Collection: East Hampton Windmill

East Hampton Windmill
Illustration of a grist windmill in East Hampton, New York circa 1880. (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)

Background imageOccupation Collection: Atlantic Cable Laying

Atlantic Cable Laying
Illustration of workers on board the Great Eastern passing out cable for the Trans-Atlantic telegraph cable in July 1866. (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)

Background imageOccupation Collection: Illustration of two engineers looking at blueprint for bridge that is under construction in

Illustration of two engineers looking at blueprint for bridge that is under construction in the background

Background imageOccupation Collection: Illustration of a bible scene, Exodus 3, Moses and the Burning Bush, God reveals himself to Moses

Illustration of a bible scene, Exodus 3, Moses and the Burning Bush, God reveals himself to Moses and instructs him to lead the Israelites out of Israel

Background imageOccupation Collection: Three women chippers working in a shipbuilding shipyard

Three women chippers working in a shipbuilding shipyard, 1942

Background imageOccupation Collection: Ceramic artist working in her workshop with a potters wheel, turning a vase, Geisenhausen

Ceramic artist working in her workshop with a potters wheel, turning a vase, Geisenhausen, Bavaria, Germany, Europe

Background imageOccupation Collection: Library of Congress Mural - The Occupation of the Day

Library of Congress Mural - The Occupation of the Day
Washington DC, USA - Mural - The Occupation of the Day by Charles Sprague Pearce (1851-1914). Found in the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Religion. Worship before an altar of Fire

Background imageOccupation Collection: The Heroines of 1940 : Greek poster, c1946, commemorating the women of the Greek Resistance

The Heroines of 1940 : Greek poster, c1946, commemorating the women of the Greek Resistance Movement in World War II
WWII: GREEK POSTER, 1940. " The Heroines of 1940" : Greek poster, c1946, commemorating the women of the Greek Resistance Movement in World War II

Background imageOccupation Collection: Isamu Noguchi With Paphnutius

Isamu Noguchi With Paphnutius
New York, New York: August 10, 1924 Isamu Noguchi, the young Japanese art student with his most recent creation, Paphnutius

Background imageOccupation Collection: Barber

Barber
3782517 Barber by Amman, Jost (1539-91); (add.info.: Barber from the Book of Trades / Das Standebuch (Panoplia omnium illiberalium mechanicarum...)

Background imageOccupation Collection: St. Tropez, (oil on canvas)

St. Tropez, (oil on canvas)
657448 St. Tropez, (oil on canvas) by Hankey, William Lee (1869-1952); Private Collection; (add.info.: St.Tropez. William Lee Hankey (1869-1952). Oil on canvas

Background imageOccupation Collection: The Merry-Go-Round, 1930 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan. Dated 1930. 30. 5 x 3)

The Merry-Go-Round, 1930 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan. Dated 1930. 30. 5 x 3)
659541 The Merry-Go-Round, 1930 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan. Dated 1930. 30.5 x 3) by Power, Cyril Edward (1874-1951); 30.5x30.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageOccupation Collection: A Flower Market Along the Seine, (oil on canvas)

A Flower Market Along the Seine, (oil on canvas)
827308 A Flower Market Along the Seine, (oil on canvas) by Stein, Georges (1818-90); 45.7x55.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A Flower Market Along the Seine. Georges Stein (1818-1890)



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"Occupation: A Tapestry of Time and Place" Step into the past and explore the diverse occupations that have shaped our world. From a captivating WW2 poster urging you to "Fly with the RAF, " to a heartfelt tribute honoring the bravery of Free French fighters in the Maquis, each hint unveils a unique story. Transport yourself back to London, England in 1915, where staff cooks at King George Military Hospital diligently prepared nourishing meals for wounded soldiers. As you stroll along the streets, don't miss the milk cart making its rounds or catch sight of a wringer, wet clothes dryer symbolizing hard work and domestic chores. Intrigue awaits as you witness a snake charmer playing an enchanting flute-like instrument while a mesmerizing serpent emerges from its basket. This ancient art form has captivated audiences for centuries. Journey further east to Axum, an ancient East African city bustling with activity. Marvel at skilled workers extracting marble while conical grass huts dotting the landscape create an intriguing contrast against a majestic royal palace in the background. Discover history's guiding beacons as you encounter La Corbiere's Direction Finding Tower MP2 on Jersey Island during May 1945. Witness how this structure played a crucial role in navigation during wartime. Immerse yourself in simpler times as children frolic on St. Ives Beach in 1886 captured beautifully on canvas by an artist's brushstrokes. Feel their joy and innocence amidst sun-kissed sands and crashing waves. Witness architectural wonders come alive through reconstruction as Templo Mayor complex stands tall once again before your eyes—a testament to human ingenuity spanning centuries. Descend beneath Tilmanstone and delve into mysterious underground tunnels—echoes of laborious efforts shaping hidden spaces throughout history. Finally, cast your gaze upon large ships majestically sailing down Calcutta's Hooghly River—an awe-inspiring sight capturing the essence of a bustling port city in India.