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Think 'skywalking' photographs are a modern craze? Vintage images show how brave souls were doing it in the 1930s

Think 'skywalking' photographs are a modern craze? Vintage images show how brave souls were doing it in the 1930s | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
These images, taken from the archives at the Boston Public Library, show that brave souls were foolishly frolicking around at dizzying heights in the 1930s.
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Who were the Aero women? Brand searches for stars of vintage adverts

Who were the Aero women? Brand searches for stars of vintage adverts | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The oil paintings have been hung in Rowntree's York factory for decades and now the company wants to solve the mystery of who the women were before it's too late.
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Rare German World War Two Enigma machine which scrambled the code broken by Bletchley Park experts to be auctioned

Rare German World War Two Enigma machine which scrambled the code broken by Bletchley Park experts to be auctioned | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The machine, which sent encoded Nazi messages that were decoded at Bletchley Park, is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000.
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Panic that drove Britain to slaughter 750,000 family pets in one week

Panic that drove Britain to slaughter 750,000 family pets in one week | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
It is estimated that as many as three quarters of a million adored pets were destroyed in the first week of the war.
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Rare handwritten letter by Dambusters hero Guy Gibson

Rare handwritten letter by Dambusters hero Guy Gibson | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Sent to a friend in India, it was penned only five weeks after he led 617 Squadron's daring mission using the revolutionary bouncing bomb.
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Roman skulls discovered beneath a London railway station

Roman skulls discovered beneath a London railway station | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Archaeologists made the discovery of 20 skulls under Liverpool Street Station along the bed of the historic River Walbrook.
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Bugle which sounded the orders for the Charge of the Light Brigade where 673 cavalrymen headed into the 'Valley of Death' turns up on Antiques Road Show

Bugle which sounded the orders for the Charge of the Light Brigade where 673 cavalrymen headed into the 'Valley of Death' turns up on Antiques Road Show | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The instrument, pictured, was carried into the bloodthirsty battle of the Crimea War in 1854 by Private William Brittain, Lord Cardigan’s duty trumpeter.
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World War Two Mosquito pilot took on 5 German fighter planes and lived

World War Two Mosquito pilot took on 5 German fighter planes and lived | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Wing Commander Paul Bingham Elwell shot down at at least one or maybe two of the planes flying over the French coast in 1944.
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Violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic will go to auction

Violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic will go to auction | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The violin emerged in 2006 when the son of an amateur violinist who was gifted it by her music teacher in the early 1940s, contacted the auctioneers.
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Diary details final hours of Pink Floyd star's soldier father in WW2

Diary details final hours of Pink Floyd star's soldier father in WW2 | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Touching moment Pink Floyd star visits World War II cemetery in Italy to honour his soldier father who died in heroic final stand
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Rare picture of Titanic victims shows prayers said over their bodies

Rare picture of Titanic victims shows prayers said over their bodies | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
This haunting photograph taken on board one of the body recovery ships following the Titanic disaster in the Atlantic Ocean shows a mass funeral.
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The original Kodak moment: Snapshots taken from the camera that changed photography in 1888

The original Kodak moment: Snapshots taken from the camera that changed photography in 1888 | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
These snapshots taken by amateurs using a Kodak No.1 give a charming insight into everyday life in the 19th century.
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Great Escape hero involved in tunnel at Nazi war camp dies aged 91

Great Escape hero involved in tunnel at Nazi war camp dies aged 91 | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Frank Stone, of Hathersage, Derbyshire, was taken to Stalag Luft III in Zagan as a teenager during the Second World War after his bomber crashed in 1940.
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The English debutante staged Nazi orgies as a gift of love to Hitler

The English debutante staged Nazi orgies as a gift of love to Hitler | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The scandalous life of Unity Mitford is unveiled in a new biography. It goes against the aristocratic family's attempts to paint her relationship with Hitler as 'youthful fancy'.
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Haunting images of World War One battlefields today reveal a grieving father's moving tribute to his fallen son and how scarred countryside has been revived

Haunting images of World War One battlefields today reveal a grieving father's moving tribute to his fallen son and how scarred countryside has been revived | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The Somme, Passchendaele, Ypres and Verdun and so many other battlefields may be just names in history books today, but the sites along the western front have recovered their former tranquility and peace.
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A chilling lesson from history and why shackling the Press is inimical to liberty

A chilling lesson from history and why shackling the Press is inimical to liberty | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The story of Captain Alfred Dreyfus is one we in Britain need to consider urgently as we sleepwalk into State regulation of the Press for the first time in 300 years, says ROBERT HARRIS.
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3D scanning reveals stone could be the head of Roman emperor Trajan

3D scanning reveals stone could be the head of Roman emperor Trajan | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Archaeologists at Bournemouth University used 3D laser scans to pick out facial features and a distinctive hairstyle to identify Emperor Trajan.
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Dons of iniquity: Historians reveal the seedy side of Cambridge University in archives that tell of adultery, bribery and even MURDER

Dons of iniquity: Historians reveal the seedy side of Cambridge University in archives that tell of adultery, bribery and even MURDER | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Newly-catalogued archives have exposed the seedy underbelly of the acclaimed university - with tales of adultery, libel, bribery and even murder.
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Amazing full-color Civil War photos bring the era's characters to life

Amazing full-color Civil War photos bring the era's characters to life | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Two colorists have combined their skills with photographs and fascination for the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era.
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Haunting photographs of the dead taken in Victorian age

Haunting photographs of the dead taken in Victorian age | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Known as post-mortem photography, some of the dearly departed were photographed in their coffin. This particular style, often accompanied by funeral attendees, was common in Europe, but less so in the United States.
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The Victorians were dynamic, hugely inventive and deeply caring

The Victorians were dynamic, hugely inventive and deeply caring | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The Victorians were people of vision, insatiably intellectually curious, wedded to the idea of progress and determined to improve their own lives and those of others.
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Ironbridge Gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, is under 'extreme' threat from landslides, says report

Ironbridge Gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, is under 'extreme' threat from landslides, says report | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The World Heritage Site in Shropshire is set to undergo a £12million overhaul to save it from further erosion.
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Identity of man who buried mysterious message in a bottle revealed

Identity of man who buried mysterious message in a bottle revealed | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Teresa Armatage, 78, learned her grandfather had penned an intriguing note in Durham Cathedral, saying: 'This grave was opened on Sunday May 11th 1913'.
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Real-life Dr Finlays: Family of GPs dedicated lives to Scottish island

Real-life Dr Finlays: Family of GPs dedicated lives to Scottish island | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Dr Alexander Macleod, from the Isle of Lewis, and his family spent over 70 years caring for people on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.
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