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Black And White Collection (#3)

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Felled tree for Kew Flagstaff, British Columbia, 1914

Felled tree for Kew Flagstaff, British Columbia, 1914
British COlumbia 1914: The felled tree which was to form the great flagstaff at RBG Kew from 1919 to 1959. Made from a Douglas fir

Background imageBlack And White Collection: The Great Flagstaff, RBG Kew, ca. 1900-1905

The Great Flagstaff, RBG Kew, ca. 1900-1905
Photograph of The Great Flagstaff at RBG Kew, flying the Union Flag, ca. 1900-1905. It stood until August 2007

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Kew Flag pole en route from Vancouver, 1915

Kew Flag pole en route from Vancouver, 1915
The great Kew flagstaff is seen here en route from Vancouver aboard the SS Merionethshire, arriving at Tilbury Docks on 29 December 1915

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Aircraft emergency landing, Kew, 1938

Aircraft emergency landing, Kew, 1938
On 5th January 1938 an aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing near the Palm House, Kew. It had been pulling an advertising banner

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Stereograph, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Stereograph, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
This stereograph of the interior of one of the T-Range glasshouses shoes a sign requesting visitors to keep to the right and to refrain from touching the plants

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Kew Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday, 1926

Kew Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday, 1926
Kew Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday celebrations, 1926. William Dallimore, Keeper of the Museums of Economic Botany, Kew Gardens, described a Bank Holiday in the 1890 s

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901

Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901
The Titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum is known as the corpse flower in its native Indonesia because of the rancid smell, described by Curtiss Botanical magazine as a mixture of rotten fish

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Kew Pier and steam boat

Kew Pier and steam boat
Steam boats were introduced in 1816. Initially they went straight to Richmond without stopping at Kew but eventually a stop at Kew Pier was added

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Henry Ridley and houseboat, Kuala Tembeling, Malaysia, 1911

Henry Ridley and houseboat, Kuala Tembeling, Malaysia, 1911
Henry Ridley standing by a houseboat at Kuala Tembeling in Malaysia, 1911. He travelled extensively in the Malay peninsula while director of the Singapore Botanic gardens

Background imageBlack And White Collection: John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916

John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916
John Davenport Snowden, botanical explorer and plant collector, with his wife, standing outside their tent at a camp near Kampala, Uganda, in 1916

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Japanese hemp production circa 1910

Japanese hemp production circa 1910. This image came to Kew from the Japan-British exhibition of 1910, which was held to encourage Japanese-British relations

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899

Drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899
Workers drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899. Once harvested, the coffee " cherries" were sorted

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880 s

Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880 s
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri Lanka, 1880 s. Once the inner bark has been cleaned, the quills are placed one inside another to form quills 1metre long, which are then dried on racks

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899

Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet, 1908

Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet, 1908
Tachienlu (now Kanding), West Sichuan, China : Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet. One mans load weighs 317 lbs, the others 298 lbs

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Harvesting tea leaves, India

Harvesting tea leaves, India
Harvesting tea leaves, often known as plucking, India. The leaves need to be picked selectively to maintain the quality of the tea and could not be held in the hand long

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Emile Bretschneider M. D. 1833-1901 - St Petersburg Nov 15 1883

Emile Bretschneider M. D. 1833-1901 - St Petersburg Nov 15 1883
Emile Vasilievic Bretschneider M.D. - Physician of the Mission Legation, Peking - St Petersburg Nov 15 1883. Emil Bretschneider (1833-1901) physician, botanist and sinologist

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Victor Lemoine c. 1899

Victor Lemoine c. 1899
Victor Lemoine 1823 - 1911 c.1899. Portrait of Victor Lemoine Revue Horticole (1912). Victor Lemoine was a French hybridist plant breeder and nurseryman

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Ernest Henry Wilson

Ernest Henry Wilson - Gardners Chronicle p.114 - Feb 25 1905 - Ernest Henry " Chinese" Wilson, better known as E. H

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Maurice de Vilmorin

Maurice de Vilmorin
Portrait of Maurice de Vilmorin (1849-1918) French seed producer

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Pioneers Cabin at the base of a Sequoiadendron giganteum

Pioneers Cabin at the base of a Sequoiadendron giganteum
" Pioneers Cabin" at the base of a Sequoiadendron giganteum, California, USA. Joseph Hooker purchased this photograph, probably during his expedition to the United States (circa 1877)

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate

Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1882. The plants pictured are 8 -10 years old

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Arthur Hill, Director of Kew 1922-41

Arthur Hill, Director of Kew 1922-41. A keen horseman, Arthur Hill used to take a ride every morning but unfortunately met his death in 1941 when he fell from a horse on the Mid Surrey Golf Course

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Alexander Wollaston

Alexander Wollaston, doctor, explorer and naturalist. photograph from an album illustrating the zoological and botanical expedition Wollaston led to the Snow Mountains of Dutch New Guinea 1912-1913

Background imageBlack And White Collection: C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis photographed at the Botanical Gardens

C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis photographed at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown
C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis, photographed at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown, Guyana (then British Guiana), early 20th century

Background imageBlack And White Collection: J. A. Simon, gardener at Kew in the 1940 s

J. A. Simon, gardener at Kew in the 1940 s, had been a farmer in Alderney, the Channel Islands, before fleeing the German occupation in World War II

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Sir William Hooker

Sir William Hooker (1785-1865). Botanist, illustrator and the first public Director of Kew Gardens 1841. He also held the post of Regius Professor of Botany in Glasgow in 1820

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Some of Kews female staff, 1942

Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Some of Kews female staff are shown here in 1942. Back row (l to r) Jessie F Pedgrift, Violet M Clark, Jean E Sharps, Freda Mundy

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II

Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II
Preparing terracotta pots for planting. Women gardeners were employed at Kew during World War II, after an interval of nearly a quarter of a century

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron

Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron. The photograph is signed by Darwin with the inscription " I like this photograph very much better than any other which has been

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Miss Cotton posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Kew Gardens, 1923

Miss Cotton posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Kew Gardens, 1923
" Miss Cotton" posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Victoria amazonica, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, 1923. It is likely that she was the daughter of Arthur Cotton

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945

Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Female gardener in springtime, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, WWII (1939-1945)

Background imageBlack And White Collection: John Wilfred Sutch

John Wilfred Sutch, born 8 November 1923, worked as a gardener in the T-Range, Palm House and Arboretum. At the age of 18 he left Kew to join the army

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939

Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939
Observation Post in Cambridge Cottage Garden, RBG Kew, autumn 1939. Observation posts, where soldiers were placed to monitor possible enemy movement, were assembled throughout the country

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939

Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939
Sandbags protect some of the lower windows and doors at the Herbarium and telephone room, RBG Kew, 1939, during World War II

Background imageBlack And White Collection: C. F. Coates, Aboretum propagator, 1943

C. F. Coates, Aboretum propagator, 1943
C.F. Coates, Arboretum propagator seen here taking a bud from a cutting for grafting onto new stock in 1943

Background imageBlack And White Collection: William Turrill botanising

William Turrill botanising aquatic plants with his vasculum slung over his shoulder. WIlliam Turrill was Keeper of the Herbarium and Library at Kew from 1946-57

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923

Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923
This group photograph of " Kewites and wives" was taken in Kampala, Uganda, in 1923. Second from the right: John Davenport Snowden, with his wife, centre

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910

Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910
Bell tolled to summon staff to work, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Kolkata, India, circa 1910. The bell is being rung by a Nepali durwan (doorman)

Background imageBlack And White Collection: House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia

House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia
House of Walter Haydon, appointed curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia in 1894. The house was built for him on site so that he could always command a view of all the ground under

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880 s

Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880 s. The cinnamon is contained in the inner bark of the tree. Once the shoots have been harvested the outer bark is peeled off by rubbing with a brass rod or blunt

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Drying or withering tea leaves

Drying or withering tea leaves
Drying out the tea leaves, known as withering. Approx. 80% of moisture needs to be removed from freshly picked leaves to preserve them and enhance the teas flavour

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Packing tea in India

Packing tea in India for export to the west

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India

Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India. Workers with baskets of tea leaves ready to be processed for export

Background imageBlack And White Collection: Tea plantation, Far East

Tea plantation, Far East
Terraces of a tea plantation in the Far East, showing Camellia sinensis var sinensis, used to produce Chinese and green tea. Women harvest the tea leaves, a process known as " plucking"

Background imageBlack And White Collection: W. Botting Hemsley

W. Botting Hemsley, 29 Dec 1843 - Oct 7 1924 - (1893) botanist




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