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From Cub Scouts shining shoes to soaring Short Sunderland flying boats, the world is filled with short but remarkable moments

Background imageShort Collection: Short Solent Passener Flying Boat - Victoria Falls - Zambesi

Short Solent Passener Flying Boat - Victoria Falls - Zambesi
A Short Solent Passenger Flying Boat (G-AHIN) close to the Victoria Falls on the Zambesi River - Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia). Date: circa 1949

Background imageShort Collection: Wright Flyer A ( Shorts)

Wright Flyer A ( Shorts)
A Shorts Wright Flyer a Biplane Flying at Low-Level in 1910 Date: 1910

Background imageShort Collection: Cub Scouts taking part in Operation Shoeshine

Cub Scouts taking part in Operation Shoeshine
Two Cub Scouts taking part in Operation Shoeshine, a seven-day campaign during Scout Job Week. Their first customer was an actress, Caroline Munro

Background imageShort Collection: Map of Isle of Wight

Map of Isle of Wight
A Map of the Isle of Wight, showing the internal railway system and the new & short route between the island and the Hampshire coast

Background imageShort Collection: Gabrielle Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Coco Chanel
A camera study of Gabrielle Bonheur, Coco Chanel (1883 -1971). Date: 1929

Background imageShort Collection: Paul Dirac / Nobel 1933

Paul Dirac / Nobel 1933
PAUL ADRIEN MAURICE DIRAC British physicist

Background imageShort Collection: Poster advertising Bibby Line cruises

Poster advertising Bibby Line cruises
Poster advertising Bibby Line short sea cruises, showing some glamorous people strolling around the deck in their evening dress

Background imageShort Collection: Short Sunderland flying boat in flight

Short Sunderland flying boat in flight
Short Sunderland flying boat NSZ in flight. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageShort Collection: The first Short SC-5 Belfast, XR362

The first Short SC-5 Belfast, XR362

Background imageShort Collection: Writing / Shorthand Pitman

Writing / Shorthand Pitman
Shorthand writing: an example of Pitmans system, boasting that Fortune magazine has gained over 100, 000 subscribers in five short years

Background imageShort Collection: Nubians in Ancient Egypt

Nubians in Ancient Egypt
Nubians from the south bring tribute to the Egyptian Pharaoh; they wear a variety of clothing - skirts short or long, tunics, animal skins, and plumed headgear

Background imageShort Collection: David Wright woman in short black underslip

David Wright woman in short black underslip
Elegant woman with red hair, wearing a short black, semi-transparent underslip. She is sitting on the edge of her dressing table, loosening her hair

Background imageShort Collection: Katherine Mansfield 1

Katherine Mansfield 1
KATHERINE MANSFIELD New Zealand writer, known for her short stories; married Middleton Murry, became a follower of Gurdjieff

Background imageShort Collection: Couple with red car at Coverack, Cornwall

Couple with red car at Coverack, Cornwall. 1982

Background imageShort Collection: Short Sunderland flying boat, WW2

Short Sunderland flying boat, WW2
Short Sunderland flying boat RBO, seen here being towed up a jetty. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageShort Collection: Short S30 Empire Flying Boat G-AFCV Caribou

Short S30 Empire Flying Boat G-AFCV Caribou
Short S30 Empire Flying Boat, G-AFCV, Caribou

Background imageShort Collection: Katherine Mansfield, pen name of Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp (1888-1923) short

Katherine Mansfield, pen name of Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp (1888-1923) short story writer born in Wellington, New Zealand. Mansfield in 1914

Background imageShort Collection: Russian - Zascha The Colossal Woman

Russian - Zascha The Colossal Woman
Zascha - The Colossal Woman from Russia Date: circa 1910s

Background imageShort Collection: Twenties flapper girl sitting at a cocktail bar

Twenties flapper girl sitting at a cocktail bar
A flapper girl from the 1920s sitting at a cocktail bar on a high stool. She is slim, wears a slinky dress, and has a cigarette in a holder in her mouth. On the bar is her glass of champagne

Background imageShort Collection: Natal Native Contingent (NCC) armed with assegais

Natal Native Contingent (NCC) armed with assegais
Photograph of members of the Natal Native Contingent (NCC) armed with assegais (short spears) and shields, 1879 (c). The NNC was formed in 1878 to bolster the defences of the British colony of Natal

Background imageShort Collection: Sunderland plane, Imperial Airways, Funchal, Madeira

Sunderland plane, Imperial Airways, Funchal, Madeira
Short S25 Sunderland plane (flying boat patrol bomber), belonging to Imperial Airways, seen here off Funchal, Madeira. Date: 1937-1959

Background imageShort Collection: Athletic young man in shorts with ball lying on a stone floor

Athletic young man in shorts with ball lying on a stone floor

Background imageShort Collection: Picture No. 10921789

Picture No. 10921789
Christmas Pudding Cat - Exotic short-haired tortoiseshell. Cat made to look like a traditional Christmas Pudding Digital Manipulation.. Date:

Background imageShort Collection: Guy de Maupassant, French writer

Guy de Maupassant, French writer
Guy de Maupassant ( Henri Rene Albert Guy de Maupassant ), French writer of novels, short stories and poems

Background imageShort Collection: Picture No. 11092677

Picture No. 11092677
Dog Pug Date:

Background imageShort Collection: Picture No. 10887817

Picture No. 10887817
British Shorthair Silver Tabby Cat Date:

Background imageShort Collection: Jaguars of No54 Squadron and a RAF Short SC-5 Belfast CMk1

Jaguars of No54 Squadron and a RAF Short SC-5 Belfast CMk1, XR370, Ajax, of No53 Squadron at RAF Coltishall. 1974. Date: 1974

Background imageShort Collection: Short S23 Empire Flying Boat G-AETX Ceres

Short S23 Empire Flying Boat G-AETX Ceres
Short S23 Empire Flying Boat, G-AETX, Ceres

Background imageShort Collection: A 230 Squadron RAF Short Sunderland V

A 230 Squadron RAF Short Sunderland V in Yound Sound, North Greenland, 18 August 1952. Date: 1952

Background imageShort Collection: Picture No. 10901738

Picture No. 10901738
Cat - British Blue Shorthair kitten - in blanket Date:

Background imageShort Collection: Cut and he will not come again by Reginald Higgins

Cut and he will not come again by Reginald Higgins
An illustration showing a mermaid with the shorn, shingled Eton crop hairstyle of the 1920s, looking rather forlorn as she waits for her lover to return

Background imageShort Collection: Queens Visit to Uganda

Queens Visit to Uganda
ELIZABETH II arrives with the Duke of Edinburgh who shakes hands with the Mugabi of Ankole at Katunguru during a short visit to Uganda in 1954

Background imageShort Collection: Yakov Sverdlov

Yakov Sverdlov
YAKOV SVERDLOV Russian revolutionary, virtual creator of the new Soviet state : very active 1917-1919, but died of illness, cutting short an eminent career

Background imageShort Collection: Short S30 Empire Flying Boat G-AFCU Cabot

Short S30 Empire Flying Boat G-AFCU Cabot
Short S30 Empire Flying Boat, G-AFCU, Cabot

Background imageShort Collection: Catalina: Now see Santa Catalina, the Scenic Riviera of the

Catalina: Now see Santa Catalina, the Scenic Riviera of the USA.... yet only a short delightful voyage from Los Angeles. Travel poster for tourism to Santa Catalina Island, California

Background imageShort Collection: British Troops Gallipoli

British Troops Gallipoli
British troops advance on mass up the cliffs at Gallipoli off the Dardanelles straits. " Short of ammunition but still they press on, the true bulldog rush of our troops"

Background imageShort Collection: Short S23 Empire Flying Boat G-ADHL Canopus

Short S23 Empire Flying Boat G-ADHL Canopus
Short S23 Empire Flying Boat, G-ADHL, Canopus

Background imageShort Collection: Troglodytes troglodytes, winter wren

Troglodytes troglodytes, winter wren
Plate 118 from William MacGillivrays Watercolour drawings of British Animals (1831-1841)

Background imageShort Collection: Kashmir Shawl Dress 1810

Kashmir Shawl Dress 1810
Red evening shawl dress created from a Kashmir shawl has short puffed sleeves & is worn over a habit shirt. She carries a green shawl & wears a pearl bandeau in her hair. Date: 1810

Background imageShort Collection: Denis Compton at Hastings

Denis Compton at Hastings
Denis Compton turns a ball from spinner Jim Laker (out of picture) off his legs to score another boundary past the despairing reach of the short leg fielder as wicketkeeper Stewart Billy Griffith

Background imageShort Collection: Louis Braille / Thiriat

Louis Braille / Thiriat
LOUIS BRAILLE French inventor of system of raised-point writing for the blind

Background imageShort Collection: Carnaby Street Boutique

Carnaby Street Boutique
CARNABY STREET A girl poses in the mirror as she tries on an outfit with a short waistcoat. Her friend is wearing a see-through chiffon blouse. " Lady Jane" boutique

Background imageShort Collection: Continental Boat Express

Continental Boat Express
The (rear of) the double-headed Continental Boat Express train at Folkestone, Kent, England, the Southern terminal for the short sea route to Boulogne and Calais, France

Background imageShort Collection: Short S45 Solent of TEAL

Short S45 Solent of TEAL

Background imageShort Collection: Picture No. 11051436

Picture No. 11051436
Dog Pug Puppy Date:

Background imageShort Collection: Picture No. 11051422

Picture No. 11051422
Dog Pug 3 month old puppy in Christmas scene Date:

Background imageShort Collection: Short S23 Empire Flying Boat G-ADUV Cambria

Short S23 Empire Flying Boat G-ADUV Cambria
Short S23 Empire Flying Boat, G-ADUV, Cambria

Background imageShort Collection: Summer Holidays in Holland and Belgium

Summer Holidays in Holland and Belgium
Cover illustration for Summer Holidays in Holland and Belgium, Cooks World Travel Service. A young woman in a short green dress stands on the beach waving a handkerchief



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From Cub Scouts shining shoes to soaring Short Sunderland flying boats, the world is filled with short but remarkable moments. On the Isle of Wight, a map guides adventurers through its scenic wonders. Meanwhile, Paul Dirac's Nobel Prize win in 1933 showcased his genius in physics. A poster advertising Bibby Line cruises entices travelers to embark on unforgettable journeys across vast oceans. Gabrielle Coco Chanel revolutionized fashion with her iconic designs that still inspire today. In the skies, the majestic Short Sunderland flying boat gracefully glides through clouds during World War II and beyond. Its predecessor, the first Short SC-5 Belfast XR362, laid the foundation for aviation excellence. In a different era, a glamorous twenties flapper girl sits at a cocktail bar exuding elegance and confidence. Writing takes center stage as Pitman shorthand captures thoughts swiftly and efficiently. And amidst picturesque Coverack in Cornwall, a couple stands proudly next to their vibrant red car—a symbol of freedom and adventure. Katherine Mansfield's literary brilliance captivates readers with her profound storytelling skills. From shoe shining scouts to wartime heroes taking flight—these short glimpses into history remind us that even brief moments can leave an indelible mark.