'The Opening Ceremony of the Tower Bridge', c1894. Creator: Unknown
'The Opening Ceremony of the Tower Bridge', c1894. Tower Bridge over the River Thames in London was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by the then Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), and the Princess of Wales (Alexandra of Denmark). The procession of ships passing through included the Trinity House yacht 'Irene', the gunboat HMS 'Landrail', the 'Bismarck' and the 'Clacton Bell'. Construction of the bridge was begun in 1881 to designs by Sir Horace Jones - the central section could be raised to allow the passage of ships to and from the busy wharves of London.
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Billingsgate Market, City of London, c1900 (1911). Artist: Pictorial Agency
Billingsgate Market, City of London, c1900 (1911). Billingsgate Wharf, Lower Thames Street, became the centre of a fish market during the 16th and 17th centuries but did not become formally established until an Act of Parliament in 1699. In 1872 the Corporation of London obtained an Act to rebuild and enlarge the market, which was done to plans by the City architect Horace Jones (1819-1887). From London - The City, by Sir Walter Besant. [Adam & Charles Black, London, 1911]
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Horace Greeley, American newspaper editor and politician, c1865 (1955). Artist: Unknown
Horace Greeley, American newspaper editor and politician, c1865 (1955). Greeley (1811-1872) was editor of the New York Tribune, the most influential American newspaper from the 1840s and 1870s. The paper supported the Whig and Republican parties politically, and was editorially opposed to slavery. After the Civil War, Greeley supported the release of imprisoned Confederate President Jefferson Davis, an unpopular stance in the northern states that caused many people to cancel their subscriptions to the Tribune. He supported US Grant in his presidential campaign in 1868, but after becoming disillusioned with corruption in Grant's administration, stood against him as the candidate of the Liberal Republican Party in 1872. Greeley lost heavily and also lost control of the Tribune to Whitelaw Reid, owner of the rival New York Herald. A print from Mathew Brady Historian with a Camera by James D Horan, Bonanza Books, New York, 1955.
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