'The Ladder of Good Progress', First World War, c1914, (c1920). Creator: Unknown
'The Ladder of Good Progress', First World War, c1914, (c1920). 'There never was a war in which the wounded were handled so perfectly. The above shows at a glance the general scheme followed, connecting the turmoil of the Continental battlefield with the calm of the British homeland.' Illustrated idealised diagram indicating the stages of medical treatment following a soldier's injury on the battlefield: First Aid on field; nearest cover; ambulance wagon; dressing station; clearing hospital; ambulance train; base hospital; hospital ship; home hospital; convalescent home'. From "The Great World War - A History" Volume II, edited by Frank A Mumby. [The Gresham Publishing Company Ltd, London, c1920]
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'Love Conquered Fear', 1840. Artist: Unknown
'Love Conquered Fear', 1840. Michael Armstrong, adopted by a mill owner, embracing his brother Edward who is one of the ragged factory boys working amongst the spinning mules. By Michael's foot a child crawls out from under the mule. Children were employed to keep the floor under the mules free of dust and fibres to minimise risk of fire. They often suffered horrific injuries when crushed by moving machinery. From The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong by Frances Trollope, who was an active campaigner against the use of child labour in British factories. (London, 1840). (Colorised black and white print).
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Picking up the Atlantic cable, 1866 (c1880). Artist: Unknown
Picking up the Atlantic cable, 1866 (c1880). An attempt in 1865 by Brunel's giant steamship, the 'Great Eastern' to lay a transatlantic telegraph cable ended in failure when the cable snapped and the end was lost. The following year the 'Great Eastern' succeeded in retrieving the lost cable and completing it, connecting Valentia in Ireland to Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. Instead of the length of a sea voyage, communication time between the two sides of the Atlantic became a matter of seconds. A print from Cassell's History of the United States, by Edmund Ollier, Volume III, Cassell Petter and Galpin, London, c1880.
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