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Photos - August 2009

Early 20th-Century London

August 31st 2009 02:19
The Getty Images Gallery has a new exhibition focussing on London and its inhabitants during the early 1900s. This information sourced from the Daily Telegraph. See more black and white pictures here.

London during the 1900s
October 11, 1912
English suffragette Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960) stands on a platform to paint the front of the Women's Social Defence League premises in Bow Road, East London.

WWI London
A recruitment drive during the First World War at Trafalgar Square.

Fire in London
A huge crowd in Mare Street, Hackney, watch firemen putting out a blaze at the premises of Messrs Polikoff Ltd.

Baby wire cage. London
January 27, 1934
An example of the wire cage which East Poplar borough council in London proposed to fix to the outside of their tenement windows, so that babies could benefit from fresh air and sunshine.

Coal shortage in London
February 18, 1947
Housewives with their prams ready to take away the week's coal supply at the Nine Elms depot of the Gas Light and Coke Company. People had to queue all day for their coal due to a fuel shortage.

The free exhibition Londoners Through a Lens will be running from August 15 until September 5 at the Getty Images Gallery (Mon-Fri 10am-6.30pm, Sat 12noon-6pm; 46 Eastcastle St, London, W1W 8DX; 020 72915380;

Serial Killers

August 28th 2009 07:56 presents: The Many Faces of Serial Killers. Sample of images and informatino below, see the full list of 31 murderers here.

serial killers profile
Aileen Wuornos: Female Serial Killer
From 1989 to 1990, prostitute Aileen Wuornos murdered seven men in Florida, later claiming they had raped her. She shot each man several times. She welcomed her pending execution, telling the Florida Supreme Court, "I'm one who seriously hates human life and would kill again." She was put to death by lethal injection in 2002; the following year, Charlize Theron played her in the movie "Monster," and ended up winning an Oscar.

famous serial killer
Charles Manson: Evil Patriarch
Cult leader and murderer Charles Manson is responsible for at least nine deaths, but is most remembered for masterminding the shooting and stabbing murders of Sharon Tate and four others at her Hollywood home in 1969. He received a death sentence later commuted to life in prison.

serial killer
The Unabomber: Death by Mail
Ted Kaczynski terrorized perceived enemies with deadly letters from 1978 to 1995, killing three people and injuring 23. Once a brilliant mathematician with a promising future, he used his talents to forward a violent neo-Luddite philosophy, and was brought down by his suspicious brother. He's serving life without the possibility of parole in a federal supermax prison in Colorado.

famous serial killers
The Beltway Sniper: Holding the D.C. Area Hostage
In October 2002, John Allen Muhammad and his 17-year-old ward, Lee Malvo, shot and killed 16 people and injured two others with a sniper rifle in several separate shootings that kept the Washington, D.C., area in a state of terror for three weeks. Muhammad (pictured) was sentenced to death.

worst serial killers
The Yorkshire Ripper
Peter Sutcliffe, a.k.a. "The Yorkshire Ripper," used a ball-pein hammer to knock out victims before slashing them with a knife. He killed 13 women in England before he was caught in 1981. He claimed God told him to kill prostitutes. He's serving life in prison.

notorious serial killers
Peter Kurten: Vampire of Dusseldorf
From 1910 to 1929 in Dusseldorf, Germany, Peter Kurten murdered nine people with hammers, knives, scissors, and his bare hands, male and female alike, from ages 5 to middle age. He was captured after his wife told the police, and was executed by guillotine in 1931. A psychiatrist who interviewed him in prison determined that Kurten needed the sight of blood to be sexually stimulated.


John Deere

August 26th 2009 03:16
Founded in 1837 by John Deere, his company has become the leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the world. John Deere's agricultural products include tractors, combine harvesters, balers, planters/seeders, ATVs forestry equipment and much more.
Thanks to, today we celebrate 172 years of manufacturing from John Deere. Best of all these pictures are in HDR!

john deere tractors

john deere used tractors

John Deere Equipment

john deer tractors

Old rusty John Deere

John Deer tractor and harvester

More high definition images of John Deere equipment can be found here.

Environmental Photography Awards

August 24th 2009 02:45
The Prix Pictet is a photography prize with a sustainability theme. The contest is judged by an independent jury. The 2009 Prix Pictet Environmental Photography shortlist has been announced. This year's nominees focussed on the destruction of our environment through the exploitation of the world’s resources. Thanks to here are some of the finalists. See the full list here.

sustainability photography
Ed Kashi, Curse of Black Gold: 50 Years in the Niger Delta.

Prix Pictet awards
Yao Lu, Fishing boats berthed by the Mount Yu

Environmental Pictures
TNT Explosions

Sustainability and environment awards
Sammy Baloji, Memoire

destruction of the environment.
Chris Steele-Perkins


New York Skyline Over the Years

August 21st 2009 11:26
New York is the most populous city in the United States, and the center of the New York metropolitan area, which is among the most populous urban areas in the world. A leading global city, New York exerts a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture, fashion and entertainment. As host of the United Nations headquarters, it is also an important center for international affairs. See the evolution of New York City's skyline below:

free new york. Skyline
The New York City skyline in 1911

New York City
Aerial shot of Lower Manhattan, circa 1931

metropolitan new york
The USS Saratoga in front of the New York skyline, dated between 1956 and 1959

new york new york
Lower Manhattan in 1978

new york city
Skyline taken in 2000 from the Staten Island ferry

manhattan new york
Manhattan skyline now, photographed on September 6, 2008

*Images sourced from Environmental Graffiti Here.

**This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article for New York City.

Hiroshima, The Aftermath

August 19th 2009 10:59
On Monday, August 6, 1945 at 8:15 AM, the nuclear weapon Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima by the crew of the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay. Pictures from the aftermath of the atomic blast are seen below. These images and information were sourced from Read more here.

hiroshima photos
Hiroshima: Aftermath

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Abandoned Cities

August 17th 2009 10:19
Nothing attracts tourists like a ghost town, especially those which retain some interesting architecture, stories and folklore. Today let's look at a number of better known abandoned cities and towns from around the world. This information and images sourced from WebUrbanist. Read more here.

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Lost Cities of The World

August 14th 2009 08:20
Popular in children's stories, fables, history lessons and as tourist attractions. There's something about rediscovered lost worlds that captures our imagination.
Here is a selection of lost cities from ancient civilisations that you can visit today. This information and pictures were sourced from the Daily Telegraph.

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Expensive Military Planes

August 12th 2009 07:53
As each new generation of military aircraft is developed, it costs exponentially more than the last. It was getting so bad that if this trend continued by 2050 the US Air Force would only be able to afford one fighter plane! That explains the decision to build F-35s rather than purchase more F-22s. See below for the most expensive aircraft used today by the US military, from fighters to bombers to personnel carriers and spy planes.
Information and images sourced from Time Magazine here.

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Tour de France

August 10th 2009 07:15
2009 tour de France
The peloton approaches during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Gerona and Barcelona

The Tour de France is a bicycle race known around the world. It typically has 21 days, or stages, of racing and covers not more than 3,500 kilometres (2,200 miles). The three weeks usually include two rest days. The race alternates between clockwise and anticlockwise circuits of France.
Tour de France
The pack rides at Aspin pass on July 12, 2009 during the 160 km ninth stage of the 2009 Tour de France

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Mass Consumption in the Modern World

August 7th 2009 11:54
Photographer Chris Jordan is behind this series on mass consumption in America.
See the full set of photos at here.

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Saddest Photos Ever Taken

August 5th 2009 11:14
Humans are capable of achieving great things, and doing terrible things to each other. While some of us prosper and flourish, others are suffering to the same extent.
ITVnews takes a look at the most depressing pictures ever taken throughout history. Many more images and associated information can be seen here.

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Stephen Hawking

August 3rd 2009 10:55
Stephen Hawking

Stephen William Hawking, (born 8 January 1942) is a British theoretical physicist. Hawking is known for his contributions to the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes. He has also achieved success with works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general; these include the runaway best seller A Brief History of Time, which stayed on the British Sunday Times bestsellers list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Hawking is severely disabled by motor neuron disease. Specifically neuro muscular dystrophy that is related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a condition that has progressed over the years and has left him almost completely paralysed.
Stephen Hawking Today

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