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The Battle of the Somme is, rightly so, best remembered for the stupefying number of casualties that were inflicted on both sides between July 1st and November 18th 1916. Estimates vary greatly but some historians suggest the number of killed and wounded exceded 1 million. It was remarkable even in the context of World War 1. The British public at the time was not unaccustomed…

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The Battle of Hastings: 950 years

Posted by Published on September 30, 2016

The legendary Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of Duke William II of Normandy and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, beginning the Norman conquest of England. It was a decisive Norman victory. October 2016 will be the 950th anniversary of the epic battle that changed the course of history forever. To mark the occasion, uncover facts…

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The Art of Independence Day

Posted by Published on July 24, 2016

Celebrate the history of Fourth of July with over two centuries of all-American art. Summertime is upon us, and no festivities epitomizes the season better than that of Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Since the early 20th century, artists have been inspired by the heat and spirit of this patriotic holiday. Vintage posters from the 1800-1900s were heavily stylized in red, white and blue…

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8 May 1945 was Victory in Europe (VE) Day, and it marked the formal conclusion of Hitler’s war. Celebrations erupted throughout the world, captured by newsreel footage and photographers. The final document of unconditional surrender was signed at General Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters in Reims on 7 May. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and King George VI wanted Monday 7 May to be VE Day, but in…

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“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” ― Mark Twain  ‘Tis the season for everything politics. To keep you in the know, check out these images that cover politics from every angle.  Political Campaign Posters: Equal parts creative design and political suave, campaign posters have been a centerpiece of political communication from the branding of…

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Anniversaries are how we mark the passage time of time, celebrate our triumphs, and honour our losses – as well as inspiring creative ideas and cultural events.  The Bridgeman archive holds a wealth of images and clips of, and relating to, many of 2016’s major anniversaries. See highlights of the biggest commemorative dates below and visit Bridgeman’s archival calendar for many more.   Bicentenary  anniversary of Charlotte…

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Waterloo: Commemorating 200 Years

Posted by Published on May 5, 2015

200 years have elapsed since the Battle of Waterloo, a watershed moment in European history that simultaneously ended more than twenty years of war on the European continent and halted French attempts of domination. The 200th anniversary, in June 2015, has inspired a slew of tie-in publishing and commemorative products. There are also grand plans underway to mark the anniversary, including a 3-D film and the…

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