On this day: an abandoned station in England

This image, dated the 17th of August, 1968, is of the abandoned Cole Green railway station in Hertfordshire, England.

The station provided transport on the Hertford and Welwyn Junction Railway from 1858. The final passenger service was on the 18th of June, 1951.

Cole_Green_Station,_Herts_geograph-2229883-by-David-HillasSituated in Station Road, Letty Green, this former station was on the railway line between Hertford (North) and Welwyn Garden Ci

On this day: a parade in London

The partially built County Hall is in the background.

Victory march of the Allied troops in London. July 19th, 1919.

Victory march of the Allied troops in London. July 19th, 1919. The procession crossing Westminster Bridge. Saturday 19th July 1919 and contingents of Military units are taking part in th

On this day: a pet dog at war

This image of British soldiers playing with their dog in a trench near Gavrelle, France is dated the 27th of June, 1917.

Taking pets and native animal mascots to the trenches was quite common in the First World War, including kangaroos, and Winnie the black bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

The British Army on the Western Front, 1914-1918 Soldiers in an old trench near Gavrelle playing with their pet dog, 27th June 1917.

 

Duelling as an Olympic sport

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Duelling at the 1908 Games

The 1908 Olympic Games were held in London, beginning on the 27th of April. While medals were awarded for many sports, some were labelled “associate sports” and were for display only.

Duelling was one of these. Historically, duels were fought between two people (usually men) to defend their honour, and frequently resulted in grave injury or death.

At the Olympics the bullets were made of wax, and the contestants wore protective outfits.

The Games were supposed to have been held in Rome, but were moved after a devastating Mount Vesuvius eruption.

Unlike today, the event ran for months, from April to their conclusion on the 31st of October.