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Flickr Commons: National Archives, UK: Artwork and Illuminations

Posted by Laurie Frost on February 17, 2013

A few examples of the contents of the Artwork and Illuminations collection of the UK National Archive’s photostream on the Flickr Commons.

Chest made to hold the Treaty of Calais, signed between Edward III of England and John II of France. Edward agreed to give up his claim to the throne of France in exchange for the territory of Aquitaine. 1360.

Sample Child’s Ration Book. Throughout the 1940s (and for nine years after the end of the war) every man woman and child in Britain owned ration books of coupons for food and clothing. The Ministry of Food’s carefully formulated diet is generally believed to have improved the nation’s health.

Unidentified Flying Object sightings. c.1969.

Central Office of Information’s copy of the official poster advertising the 1948 London Olympics.

: “A West-End London Street Scene” by Grace Golden. Clearly depicting Regent Street, Golden imagines future post-war prosperity. In reality shoppers had to endure rationing in Britain into the 1950s. c.1945.

Official war art by W. Krogman, gouache on board. The painting imagines a bombing raid on the German city of Cologne. The city’s cathedral is clearly visible. It survived the war, despite being hit dozens of times by Allied bombs. WWII.

Print of the royal barge carrying Admiral Nelson’s body along the River Thames from Greenwich to Whitehall. Date: 1806

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