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.”

Drinking tea, London, during the Blitz, June 1941

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

An English girl comforts her doll in the rubble of her bomb-damaged home in 1940. - From Fox Photos/Getty Images

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

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 commitm...

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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 slaught...

Bookshop sign.

go away im reading mug – Shirtoopia #books #reading #coffee

Inside Big Ben, London, 1920

Danish author of fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen was born April 2, 1805 (d. 1875).

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

Wait for me, Daddy is one of the most famous Canadian pictures of the Second World War. It was taken October 1st, 1940, in New Westminster, British Columbia by Claude Dettloff.

Even during the Blitz, Londoners still needed their milk, and this guy delivered. Cheers!

@18Stafford - one of my favourite photographs taken by Linley Sambourne (in Kensington, on 27 June 1906).

Roald Dahl & Ernest Hemingway, London, 1944

Charles Dickens (1863)

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

Take along a book. This vintage print shows a father and son reading while camping. c. 1910

A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin and Christopher's teddy bear, the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh.