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    1940. U.K. A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop following an air raid on October 8, 1940, reading a book titled “The History of London.”

    London readers continue to browse at a bombed-out library, WWII.

    Drinking tea, London, during the Blitz, June 1941

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    the letter, 1940 [original] society photographer cecil beaton took many photographs of bombed-out london, concentrating on the strange juxtapositions the debris provided, 1940. © cecil beaton, from london. portrait of a city.

    Reading ... love this picture and their smiles. I remember how a trip to the library made me feel.

    Reading while churning butter (with cat taking care of splashes), 1897. THAT is how a woman takes care of her business.

    Axel Axgil (3 April 1915 – 29 October 2011) and Eigil Axgil (24 April 1922 – 22 September 1995) were Danish gay activists and a longtime couple. They were the first gay couple to enter into a registered partnership anywhere in the world following Denmark's legalisation of same-sex partnership registration in 1989, a landmark legislation which they were instrumental in bringing about. They adopted the shared surname, Axgil, a combination of their given names, as an expression of their commitment.

    At the end of the track. Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.

    These chilling images were taken during London’s Great Smog of ’52. For four days the city of London was blanketed by a poisonous smog that reduced visibility to a few yards and led to an estimated 12,000 fatalities. From NPR: Roads were littered with abandoned cars. Midday concerts were cancelled due to total darkness. Archivists at the British Museum found smog lurking in the book stacks. Cattle in the city’s Smithfield market were killed and thrown away before they could be slaughte...

    WWI Red Cross Nurse with Rescue Dog. (Dog was trained to locate wounded on the battlefield, and bark to call attention to them.)

    Reading during the rain

    Three-year-old Eileen Dunne poses on her hospital bed for famed English photographer Cecil Beaton. Eileen was a victim of the German bombing of London 1940.

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    Marching off to the Great War, 1915.

    Little girl with her doll sitting in the ruins of her bombed home, London, 1940

    Lovely atmospheric photograph of Waterloo Place, London in 1899 by the Belgian photographer Leonard Misonne

    Victorian London

    The real meaning..