Sydney Harbour Bridge during construction in 1930. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design. It’s also called ”the Iron Lung”, as it kept many Depression-era workers employed. The construction of the now Sydney Harbour Bridge began in 1924, and took 1400 men eight years to build at the cost of AU£6.25 million, which was not paid off in full until 1988.
A crew member is rescued from the French fishing trawler Jeanne Gougy, November 3rd, 1962. The Jeanne Gougy ran aground at Lands End, Cornwall. Twelve men, including the Skipper, lost their lives.
Street scene of Lahore, 1890s. Lahore is the second largest city-district of Pakistan. A mythological legend, based on oral traditions, states that Lahore was named after Lava, son of the Hindu god Rama, who supposedly founded the city. The city of Lahore is situated on the Ravi River, where it meets the “Afghanistan to Bengal Road”.
Flooded streets of Paris during the Great Flood of Paris in 1910. The floods were caused the heavy winter rains carried by the Seine River. The water reached a maximum height at 6 meters above its normal level. The flooding lasted nearly a week and caused $1.5 billion in today’s money in damages.
Beginning of the log drive, Grand Rapids around 1890s. Log driving is a means of moving logs from a forest downstream to sawmills and pulp mills using the current of a river. It was the main transportation method of the early logging industry in Europe and North America.
Pre-radar listening device in the early 1900s. These acoustic locators worked in much the same way as a submarine or bat’s sonar would—through active and passive echolocation. Operators could merely listen to the surrounding battlefield to analyse for aircraft or engines, or produce a signal that would reverberate off the distant artillery and give a sense of the enemy’s location.
Dust clouds rolling in on a small town during the Dust bowl in the 1930s. The Dust Bowl, also known as the “Dirty Thirties”, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s. Severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion were primary causes of the phenomenon.
Hundreds jammed outside the century-old church of St. Mary’s in Newport, R.I., to catch a glimpse of Sen. John Kennedy and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, after their wedding, 1953. Jacqueline “Jackie” Bouvier met then United States Representative John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy at a dinner function in May 1952. Despite Kennedy’s ensuing political career, the relationship grew and the couple’s engagement was officially announced on June 25, 1953. They wed roughly three months later.
Dogs wearing pigeon carrying equipment on the western front, around 1916-18. The use of pigeons for communications in war can be traced back to the classical era. The unique advantages of the homing pigeon as a method of communication are that it is silent, difficult to intercept, not significantly affected by gas or noise and can be trained to home to mobile lofts.
Flying dinosaur above the city of Boston. Delivering a dinosaur by helicopter to the Boston Museum of Science, 1984.
Construction of the Manhattan Bridge in 1903. Taken from the roof of Robert Gear Building – suspenders and saddles hang free before the road construction begins. Footpaths on Manhattan Bridge let workers access their jobs from the city.
Place de la Concorde in Paris, shot by Robert Capa in 1952. Robert Capa was a Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist who covered five different wars: the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II across Europe, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the First Indochina War.
Maintenance crewmen climbing on top of Graf Zeppelin to repair damage caused by storm over the Atlantic Ocean during flight, 1934. The loss of the Hindenburg in 1937, shattered public faith in the safety of hydrogen-filled airships. The Graf Zeppelin retired in 1937. Attempts were made to use helium but this wasn’t commercially viable as it was expensive and because of the lack of availability.
Man and his car, parked at the Grand Canyon, 1914. Mr. Wing, who handled the wheel, had every confidence in the car and its control, and did not put on the breaks until the front wheels were right at the very edge of the precipice. One little slip would mean a plunge of two thousand feet into the gorge below.