Victorian illustration showing a fire disaster at a coal mine. Smoke rises from the colliery. Miners and miners' families gather, waiting for news.
The paying-out machine for laying the Atlantic Telegraph cable stands on the deck of HMS Agamemnon, 1858. A wooden structure shelters the large, complex machinery.
Victorian illustration showing a mountain porter from Ecuador with a pack on his back. He assisted the mountaineer Whymper at the first ascent of Chimborazo.
The tiny sailing boat 'City of Ragusa' crosses the Atlantic in 1870. The windmill at her stern powers a propeller.
Huge blocks of ice 2 feet thick block the river Thames at London Bridge, February 1870.
Zoo elephant in a small indoor cage is killed by firing squad.
Inauguration of new lifeboat at Sunderland, 1858
Victorian picture showing 18th-century scene of two men playing cards.
Victorian picture showing Henry VI (15th century) on horseback in armour.