Picture of the day American spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was released by the USSR in a prisoner swap on this day in 1962. Read more...
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We are delighted to represent the Home Front History Collection, which is dedicated to keeping alive the spirit of remembrance for the generation on Britain's Home Front during WW2. The collection is launched with some fascinating photographs featuring the Corps of Canadian Firefighters, a volunteer unit involved in efforts to quell blazes during bombing raids on the UK.
The colourful, glamorous world of the 1920s and 1930s jazz age continues to exert a strong pull on the popular imagination, and is perfectly encapsulated in images from the Jazz Age Club Collection, with its focus on cabaret, fashion, art, film and the stage in both Europe and America during the first four decades of the 20th century.