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"Embracing the Tapestry of Variety: From Mushrooms to Didgeridoos" Step into a world where variety reigns supreme

Background imageVariety Collection: An Italian Garden, c1903. Artist: George Samuel Elgood

An Italian Garden, c1903. Artist: George Samuel Elgood
An Italian Garden, c1903. From The Studio Volume 32. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1904]

Background imageVariety Collection: Mushrooms

Mushrooms
A large number of mushroom varieties. Date: 1913

Background imageVariety Collection: Carbolic Smoke Ball / 1893

Carbolic Smoke Ball / 1893
Advertisement for The Carbolic Smoke Ball Co. which claimed to offer a cure for a wide variety of ailments. This led to a court case on grounds of deception & a landmark ruling

Background imageVariety Collection: Pictures of various Hindu Gods for sale in Little India

Pictures of various Hindu Gods for sale in Little India, Singapore, South East Asia

Background imageVariety Collection: Sobranie cigarettes advertisement, 1963

Sobranie cigarettes advertisement, 1963
Advertisement for Sobranie Cocktail cigarettes, available in a variety of fancy rainbow colours with gold tips - like all the best parties well bred, well dressed and perfectly packed. Date: 1963

Background imageVariety Collection: Pressed seaweed specimens C016 / 6127

Pressed seaweed specimens C016 / 6127
Pressed seaweed specimens collected by women living in Jersey during the 1850s and 1860s

Background imageVariety Collection: English football players in team picture

English football players in team picture
Leading England football players, wearing a variety of shirts, line up for a team picture

Background imageVariety Collection: Bristol balloon festival, Bristol, Avon, England, UK, Europe

Bristol balloon festival, Bristol, Avon, England, UK, Europe

Background imageVariety Collection: Entomology Specimens

Entomology Specimens
A specimen tray from the Natural History Museums Entomology Department showing the diversity of insects in terms of shape, size and colours

Background imageVariety Collection: Variety Theatre, Dr. Walford Bodie

Variety Theatre, Dr. Walford Bodie
Dr. Walford Bodie 1869 - 1939, One of the most famed and controversial Music Hall performers of his day. Known as the Electrical Wizzard

Background imageVariety Collection: A large variety of mushrooms, 1913

A large variety of mushrooms, 1913. Date: 1913

Background imageVariety Collection: Traditional hand painted colourful didgeridoos, Australia

Traditional hand painted colourful didgeridoos, Australia

Background imageVariety 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 imageVariety Collection: The Beatles rehearsing for the Royal Variety Performance

The Beatles rehearsing for the Royal Variety Performance
Photo of The Beatles jumping during rehearsal for the Royal Variety Performance Date: 1963

Background imageVariety Collection: Programme for the London Palladium

Programme for the London Palladium
Programme for variety show at the London Palladium, 1932, under the direction of George Black Date: 1932

Background imageVariety Collection: British Butterflies - Various

British Butterflies - Various - including: Chalk Hill Blue Butterfly (male), Wood White Butterfly, Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (female), Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (at rest)

Background imageVariety Collection: Golfing cartoon

Golfing cartoon
A sequential cartoon showing a patient caddy accompanyinig a tenacious golfer as he tackles a wide variety of clubs and greens

Background imageVariety Collection: Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington State, United States of America, North America

Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington State, United States of America, North America

Background imageVariety Collection: Sadlers Wells Interior

Sadlers Wells Interior
Rebuilt in 1765, this developed from a variety hall to a legitimate theatre, often of a spectacular nature as depicted here, with Poseidon riding the waves

Background imageVariety Collection: George Walker and Ada Overton Walker in In Dahomey

George Walker and Ada Overton Walker in In Dahomey
Miss Ada Overton Walker and Mr George Walker, performing " The Tsar of Dixie" a song in the play In Dahomey at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1903

Background imageVariety Collection: The Pearly King and Queen of Thornton Heath

The Pearly King and Queen of Thornton Heath
Larry Barnes (1926-2011) - Pearly King of Thornton Heath and one of Variety Theatres last specialist acts. Pictured with his Pearly Queen Maggie (1932)

Background imageVariety Collection: A selection of common British Moths

A selection of common British Moths Date: circa 1920s

Background imageVariety Collection: British RAF aeroplanes in 1939 by G. H. Davis

British RAF aeroplanes in 1939 by G. H. Davis
The huge array of aircraft in the RAF in 1939, imposing for its size and variety. 37 types of machine, ranging from the Sunderland flying boat to light trainers

Background imageVariety Collection: Primula Auricula Hardy Amies

Primula Auricula Hardy Amies - formally number AE84 in The Gordon Collection. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageVariety Collection: Variety Theatre, Monte Saldo

Variety Theatre, Monte Saldo
English born Monte Saldo 1879 - 1949 (real name A. M. Woolaston). Strong-man, Gymnast and also an artists model. Here he is photographed in various statuesque classical poses as well as in the more

Background imageVariety Collection: Possession is nine points of the law by Louis Wain

Possession is nine points of the law by Louis Wain
Illustration by Louis Wain showing a cat occupying a cast-off saucepan or cooking pot during snowy weather. A selection of birds, including a magpie and a blue tit bemusedly face the cat

Background imageVariety Collection: Waterfront at Fowey, Cornwall, England, UK

Waterfront at Fowey, Cornwall, England, UK

Background imageVariety Collection: George Formby

George Formby
Entertainer George Formby (1904-1961) and his wife Beryl Formby, nee Ingham (1901-1960), also a variety artist. Date: 1940

Background imageVariety 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 imageVariety Collection: Handbill advertising a performance of Hamlet at the Theatre, Leeds

Handbill advertising a performance of Hamlet at the Theatre, Leeds
5917334 Handbill advertising a performance of Hamlet at the Theatre, Leeds, 9th November 1843 (print) by English School, (19th century)

Background imageVariety Collection: Jaspideum variety of Dendrobium nobile orchid

Jaspideum variety of Dendrobium nobile orchid.. Illustration drawn by C. de Bruyne and chromolithographed by P. de Pannemaeker from Lucien Lindens Lindenia, Iconography of Orchids, Brussels, 1902

Background imageVariety Collection: Different type of Tuscan salami, Tuscany, Italy

Different type of Tuscan salami, Tuscany, Italy

Background imageVariety Collection: Africa, Morocco, Marrakech. Moroccan Hand-painted glazed ceramic dishes

Africa, Morocco, Marrakech. Moroccan Hand-painted glazed ceramic dishes

Background imageVariety Collection: Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)

Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)

Background imageVariety Collection: Variety of pistols, incl Colts Deringer pistol / Peacemaker

Variety of pistols, incl Colts Deringer pistol / Peacemaker
A variety of pistols, including Colts Deringer pistol, the Snapchance Revolver, a full-size cartridge, a US Cavalry Colt Sa (Single Action Army - Peacemaker).45 revolver (circa 1877)

Background imageVariety Collection: Old Time Music Hall Show

Old Time Music Hall Show
The cast of the Old Time Music Hall show from the City Varieties in Leeds take a bow; the audience, dressed in Victorian and Edwardian costume, are part of the show Date: 1960s

Background imageVariety Collection: Sailors Knots

Sailors Knots
A variety of knots used by sailors for a variety of purposes. Some run, some slip, others stay put... Date: 1926

Background imageVariety Collection: Kerria Japonica (Japanese Yellow Rose)

Kerria Japonica (Japanese Yellow Rose), a shrub of the Rosaceae family with bright yellow flowers, native to China, Japan and Korea

Background imageVariety Collection: Souvenir house shaped refrigerator magnets, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

Souvenir house shaped refrigerator magnets, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

Background imageVariety Collection: A display of vases at the Qing and Ming Ancient Pottery Factory, Jingdezhen city

A display of vases at the Qing and Ming Ancient Pottery Factory, Jingdezhen city, Jiangxi Province, China, Asia

Background imageVariety Collection: Persian Musicians

Persian Musicians
A group of Persian musicians play on a variety of instruments. Below dancing girls perform to the music

Background imageVariety Collection: The Fishmongers Shop

The Fishmongers Shop

Background imageVariety Collection: Buffalo Bills Show

Buffalo Bills Show
BUFFALO BILLs WILD WEST SHOW Bill Codys rough rider extravaganza, featuring scenes of Napoleon, and an onstage artist, Rosa Bonheur

Background imageVariety Collection: Aussie Cricketers 1893

Aussie Cricketers 1893
The Eighth Australian Cricketing Team of 1893 pose in their cricket whites and a variety of caps and blazers

Background imageVariety Collection: Spice shop at the Wednesday Flea Market in Anjuna, Goa, India, asia

Spice shop at the Wednesday Flea Market in Anjuna, Goa, India, asia

Background imageVariety Collection: Camera lenses

Camera lenses. Seen here (from left to right) are: a wide-angle fixed lens, a standard zoom lens (left), a wide-angle zoom lens (right) and a telephoto lens

Background imageVariety Collection: Various Arachnids

Various Arachnids
A variety of insects, including centipede, millipede, woodlouse, scorpion, spiders and ticks

Background imageVariety Collection: Mate mugs for mate tea, Antique Market, Montevideo, Uruguay, South America

Mate mugs for mate tea, Antique Market, Montevideo, Uruguay, South America



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"Embracing the Tapestry of Variety: From Mushrooms to Didgeridoos" Step into a world where variety reigns supreme, where every corner holds a surprise waiting to be discovered. Explore the depths of diversity as we delve into an eclectic mix of wonders that span across time and continents. Transport yourself back to 1893, when the Carbolic Smoke Ball took center stage, captivating audiences with its innovative approach. Fast forward to George Formby's era, where his infectious tunes brought joy and laughter to all who listened. Venture into Little India, where vibrant pictures of Hindu Gods adorn market stalls, showcasing the rich tapestry of beliefs and traditions. In contrast, English football players unite in a team picture, representing unity amidst their diverse backgrounds. Marvel at the grandeur of London Palladium's programme; it encapsulates performances from all walks of life – a true testament to artistic variety. Journey through time with Sobranie cigarettes' advertisement from 1963; it captures an era when smoking was seen as glamorous and sophisticated. Delve deeper into nature's intricacies with entomology specimens that showcase the astonishing array of insect life. Pressed seaweed specimens C016 / 6127 offer glimpses into underwater worlds teeming with color and beauty. Take flight at Bristol Balloon Festival in Avon, England – witness hot air balloons painting the sky in vivid hues against picturesque landscapes. Finally, travel Down Under and immerse yourself in Australia's cultural heritage through traditional hand-painted didgeridoos bursting with vibrant colors. But perhaps nothing epitomizes variety more than a collection capturing "A Large Variety of Mushrooms" from 1913 – each unique shape and shade tells its own story within nature's vast kingdom. In this mosaic-like world filled with endless possibilities, let us celebrate diversity in all its forms – for it is through embracing our differences that we truly come alive.