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Pollution Collection

Pollution is a global issue that knows no boundaries, affecting cities and towns across the world

Background imagePollution Collection: Liverpool & Mersey Tug

Liverpool & Mersey Tug
The Mersey tug The Minegarth, approaching the Pier Head at Liverpool, Merseyside, England, with the Royal Liver Building beyond. Date: 1950s

Background imagePollution Collection: Tate & Lyle Refinery

Tate & Lyle Refinery
A coastal barge sailing by the famous Tate and Lyle sugar refinery works, Plaistow Wharf, off Silvertown, North Woolwich, east London

Background imagePollution Collection: Scunthorpe Iron Works

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

Background imagePollution Collection: Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station
The chimneys of Battersea Power Station, view across the River Thames, from Chelsea Reach, London

Background imagePollution Collection: Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station
Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, building began in 1933. It was the first of a series of very large electric generators set up in order to nationalize the grid

Background imagePollution Collection: Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease

Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease
POLLUTION CARTOON, 1866. Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease

Background imagePollution Collection: Miners Coming to Work

Miners Coming to Work
Welsh men and women mineworkers coming to work in the early morning

Background imagePollution Collection: Picture No. 12479493

Picture No. 12479493
Common bottlenose dolphin playing with a six Date:

Background imagePollution Collection: Ferrybridge Power Station, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Ferrybridge Power Station, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imagePollution Collection: Durango and Silverton vintage steam engine, Hermosa, Colorado, United States of America

Durango and Silverton vintage steam engine, Hermosa, Colorado, United States of America, North America

Background imagePollution Collection: Welwyn Garden City, an example of town planning

Welwyn Garden City, an example of town planning
An advertisement for new houses and industrial sites at the new town of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, an example of town planning, designed to take people away from polluted cities

Background imagePollution Collection: Picture No. 12479494

Picture No. 12479494
Turtle eating a plastic cup drifting in the middle Date:

Background imagePollution Collection: POLLUTION CARTOON, 1866. Deaths Dispensary

POLLUTION CARTOON, 1866. Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease

Background imagePollution Collection: Ferrybridge Power Station, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Ferrybridge Power Station, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Background imagePollution Collection: Corner of Baker Street and Dorset Street, Marylebone, London

Corner of Baker Street and Dorset Street, Marylebone, London
National Westminster Bank building on the corner of Baker Street and Dorset Street, Marylebone, London. Date: circa 1905

Background imagePollution Collection: Cwmpennar Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales

Cwmpennar Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales
View of Cwmpennar Colliery (also known as the Powell Duffryn Colliery), Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, South Wales

Background imagePollution Collection: Drax coal fired power station, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Drax coal fired power station, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imagePollution Collection: Train crossing Stockport viaduct on the London & North Western Railway, c1845

Train crossing Stockport viaduct on the London & North Western Railway, c1845. Note the pollution of the river banks, smoking chimneys and the complete domination of the scene by the viaduct

Background imagePollution Collection: Fog At Liverpool Street

Fog At Liverpool Street
Two passengers looking at the train departure board at Liverpool Street Station, London, during heavy fog, 29th January 1959. Most rail services have been delayed because of the weather

Background imagePollution Collection: Train crossing Stockport viaduct on London & North Western Railway. Note pollution of river banks

Train crossing Stockport viaduct on London & North Western Railway. Note pollution of river banks, smoking chimneys and complete domination of scene by railway viaduct

Background imagePollution Collection: OTIS ELEVATOR WORKS, 1853. The Otis factory on the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York

OTIS ELEVATOR WORKS, 1853. The Otis factory on the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York. Wood engraving, 1853

Background imagePollution Collection: Marine Colliery, Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, South Wales

Marine Colliery, Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, South Wales
View of the Marine Colliery, Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, South Wales. Date: early 20th century

Background imagePollution Collection: Silent Highwayman

Silent Highwayman
Death - The Silent Highway-Man of the polluted River Thames

Background imagePollution Collection: Lambeth Bridge 1950S

Lambeth Bridge 1950S
Industrial steam tugs passing underneath Lambeth Bridge, London, England

Background imagePollution Collection: Harley Street, London W1

Harley Street, London W1
Harley Street (looking south), London. Date: circa 1910

Background imagePollution Collection: Gas mask

Gas mask. This device is to allow the user to breathe during a chemical gas attack, or in a smoke-filled building. The tube at lower left is for drinking liquids such as water

Background imagePollution Collection: Penrhiwceibr Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales

Penrhiwceibr Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales
View of Penrhiwceibr (Penrhiwceiber) Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales. The colliery closed in 1985

Background imagePollution Collection: BSC works, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, South Wales

BSC works, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, South Wales
View of the BSC (British Steel Corporation) works in Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, South Wales, with rows of houses in the foreground

Background imagePollution Collection: Traffic jam on the M25 Motorway near London, England, UK

Traffic jam on the M25 Motorway near London, England, UK

Background imagePollution Collection: Cooling towers, Radcliffe on Soar Power Station, domestic housing in foreground

Cooling towers, Radcliffe on Soar Power Station, domestic housing in foreground, Trent Valley, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe

Background imagePollution Collection: Smoke of the Potteries

Smoke of the Potteries
The pall of smoke from the factories of the Potteries - the six towns of Staffordshire where the ceramic industry is located. Date: early 20th century

Background imagePollution Collection: Court for King Cholera

Court for King Cholera
A Court for King Cholera

Background imagePollution Collection: Old Town and Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Old Town and Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Old Town and Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, seen from Princes Street, with some smoking chimneys in the foreground

Background imagePollution Collection: Punch cartoon: Faraday Giving His Card to Father Thames (engraving)

Punch cartoon: Faraday Giving His Card to Father Thames (engraving)
6034701 Punch cartoon: Faraday Giving His Card to Father Thames (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Punch cartoon: Faraday Giving His Card to Father Thames)

Background imagePollution Collection: Oil refinery at night

Oil refinery at night. A tailings pond, for the disposal of waste material from the mining and refining process, is seen in the foreground

Background imagePollution Collection: 1957 nuclear test: Fall-out

1957 nuclear test: Fall-out
Fallout: The sinister and prolonged after-effect of nuclear explosions: a drawing illustrating some characteristics of this haunting phenomenon.An illustration by special Illustrated London News

Background imagePollution Collection: Lincoln Cathedral at night in Lincoln UK

Lincoln Cathedral at night in Lincoln UK
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imagePollution Collection: Central nuclear power plant, Champagne Region, France, Europe

Central nuclear power plant, Champagne Region, France, Europe

Background imagePollution Collection: Oil refinery on bank of Mississippi near Baton Rouge

Oil refinery on bank of Mississippi near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Background imagePollution Collection: Steam train

Steam train, Durango & Silverton Railroad, Silverton, Colorado, USA

Background imagePollution Collection: The Kingston Flyer steam train

The Kingston Flyer steam train, South Island, New Zealand, Pacific

Background imagePollution Collection: Nuclear power station of Saint Laurent-des-Eaux, Pays de Loire, Loire Valley

Nuclear power station of Saint Laurent-des-Eaux, Pays de Loire, Loire Valley, France, Europe

Background imagePollution Collection: Road Works in Whitehall, London, 1882

Road Works in Whitehall, London, 1882
Engraving, originally entitled Horse Guards under Fire again, showing a group of workmen re-surfacing the road in Whitehall, London, 1882

Background imagePollution Collection: Weather London Smog December 1962 Traffic crawling along at 2mph in

Weather London Smog December 1962 Traffic crawling along at 2mph in the London Smog. It took the photographer who took this image four hours to travel from Bexley, Kent to Fleet Street

Background imagePollution Collection: Jousofka (Yusovka, Stalino, Donetsk), Ukraine

Jousofka (Yusovka, Stalino, Donetsk), Ukraine
General view of Jousofka (Yusovka, Stalino, Donetsk), an industrial city in eastern Ukraine

Background imagePollution Collection: St. Pancras. A terminus of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, 1935. Creator: Unknown

St. Pancras. A terminus of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, 1935. Creator: Unknown
St. Pancras. A terminus of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, 1935. From " Railway Wonders of the World, Vol. 1". [The Amalgamated Press Limited, London, 1935]

Background imagePollution Collection: Gerald Road Police Station, Belgravia, London

Gerald Road Police Station, Belgravia, London
Gerald Road Police Station (left), Belgravia, London. Date: circa 1910

Background imagePollution Collection: PITTSBURGH: STEEL MILL. Jones and Laughlin steel mills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH: STEEL MILL. Jones and Laughlin steel mills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photograph, c1910



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Pollution is a global issue that knows no boundaries, affecting cities and towns across the world. From Liverpool's bustling streets to the Mersey Tug navigating its polluted waters, the detrimental effects are evident everywhere. The Scunthorpe Iron Works belches out smoke and toxic fumes, contributing to the ever-increasing pollution levels. Even industries like Tate & Lyle Refinery have not escaped scrutiny for their role in polluting our environment. An 1866 cartoon depicting water pollution as a source of disease at Deaths Dispensary serves as a stark reminder of how they are impact public health. In mining communities, such as those depicted in "Miners Coming to Work, " air pollution from coal mines poses significant risks to both miners' well-being and nearby residents. Meanwhile, Ferrybridge Power Station looms large over North Yorkshire, spewing pollutants into the atmosphere day after day. Battersea Power Station stands as an iconic symbol of industrialization but also represents the dark side of progress – air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels. Picture No. 12479494 captures this reality with its smog-filled skyline surrounding Battersea Power Station. The devastating consequences of unchecked it can further highlighted in Picture No. 12479493 - another visual representation reminding us that action must be taken urgently before irreparable damage is done. Looking back at history, we find an alarming parallel between past and present: an 1866 cartoon titled "POLLUTION CARTOON" once again emphasizes how water contamination leads to disease outbreaks at Deaths Dispensary. Across continents, even vintage steam engines like Durango and Silverton in Hermosa, Colorado contribute their fair share to atmospheric pollution in America's scenic landscapes. From Liverpool to Scunthorpe Iron Works; from Tate & Lyle Refinery to Ferrybridge Power Station.