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August 16, 1888: Lawrence of Arabia Born On this day in 1888, British Army officer T.E. Lawrence (later nicknamed Lawrence of Arabia) was born in Wales. Lawrence was known for his ability to vividly describe in writing his life and role in the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918.
A WWI poster from the British National War Savings Committee urges restraint in the use of materials during war time. It's better to spend on war bonds: "To dress extravagantly in war time is worse than bad form, it is unpatriotic." Printed by Roberts & Leete, Ltd., London, 1915.
Rudolf Höss pitifully attempting to avoid the noose at Auschwitz. There have been accusations -made by those of less-than-stellar character - that Höss was tortured by the British before his trial. I hope they're right. There are occasions when deeds are so monstrous and vile that those who committed them deserve pain, and torment, and living hell before being given the mercy of death. Retribution and Justice sometimes are very nearly the same. Höss deserved much, much worse.
Titanic, 1912. Original passenger list, page one. There were 1523 people who perished in the sinking ship. Out of these, only about 300 bodies were recovered.
Daily Mirror (British) newspaper cover, 4th September 1939: WANTED For Murder... For Kidnapping... For Theft And For Arson.
Rare Titanic Black Mourning Bear By Steiff. The bear was one of only 600 which were made especially for the British market in May 1912, to show empathy for the loss of the passengers of the R.M.S. Titanic. It is said their eyes were rimmed red to appear as if they had been crying. They were also manufactured with a somber expression.