The Hughes family of 129 Railway Street, Armagh, Northern Ireland pose in military-style clothing on the 19th of July, 1945. Less than a month later VJ Day (the surrender of Japan) occurred, effectively ending the Second World War.
The extensive archives of photographers H. Allison & Co., based in County Armagh, are now available through Wikimedia Commons.
The coronation of George IV of the United Kingdom, the flamboyant and infamous son of “Mad” King George, took place on the 19th of July, 1821.
The Coronation as painted by watercolourist James Stephanoff.
The new King had served as Prince Regent through the final years of the Napoleonic Wars as his father’s health had continued to decline, a period that was marked by great excess and frivolity amongst the upper classes.
The folks over at Downton Abbeyhave announced production on a film version of the hit historical drama has begun. I know lots of people are excited, but I’m over here thinking: maybe they should have left a successful show alone instead of milking it for all it’s worth…?
I was never particularly invested in Downton Abbey’s characters. There were too many to really come to care about any of them. I was, however, in love with the costumes (particularly the early seasons, because 1910s fashion will ALWAYS be a million times more attractive than the drab years that came afterwards!). I’d watch the show if I was home and it was on.
However, I get the sneaking suspicion that people who WERE more invested than I was are setting themselves up for disappointment. I think sometimes people have to know when to let things go, and – apart from the brilliant Serenity, a spinoff of the Firefly television show – movie versions of favourite shows never seem to be any good.
This image, taken on the 14th of July, 1955, shows reconstruction in the City of London. The scaffolding surrounds what was left of the church of All Hallows-by-the-Tower after extensive German bombing during the Second World War.
The Tower of London can be seen in the background.
The destruction was particularly devastating as a church had stood on the site since the year 675.
British air mechanics work on wrecked fuselages on the 12th of July, 1918, as the First World War neared its end. The image was taken at the aircraft repair depot near Rang-du-Fliers in the north of France.