Behind every old photo there is a story, or even someones whole life, with all its peaks and troughs of grief and happiness. These images remain silent witnesses to the events and atmosphere of an era that has already passed into history, never to be experienced again. Unless we invent a time machine, of course!
An officer holds a cigar with two canaries perched on it, 1918.
A zoo-keeper gives a penguin a shower from a watering can, 1930
Alfred Hitchcock impersonating Ringo Starr, 1964
Twenty-two students cramming into a telephone booth to try and establish a stacking record, St. Marys College, Moraga, California, 1959.
Leonid Brezhnev (a Communist Party official who was the leader of the Soviet Union for 18 years) visits a factory owned by the Pepsi-Cola Company, 1974.
Pablo Picasso, dressed as a sailor Pop-eye, 1957
Princess Anastasia takes a puff from a cigarette from the hands of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, 1916.
Queen Elizabeth II driving a car with Prince Charles and Princess Anne, 1957.
The writers of The Simpsons hard at work, 1992.
John Lennon and Salvador Dali in Paris, 1969
Marilyn Monroe having fun with a distorting mirror, 1950.
Walking a pet crocodile, 1950.
A woodcutters competition in Sydney, 1957.
A mama cat stops some traffic, New York, 1925.
Lipstick testing, 1950.
Paul McCartney, 1968.
The models used for the painting American Gothic by Grant Wood, 1930.
Ernest Hemingway shares his dinner with a cat.
From left to right: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, the 29th President of the United States Warren G. Harding, and businessman Harvey Firestone, in 1921.
Elvis Presley backstage during a break between performances, 1956.
Muhammad Ali talking a suicidal man down from a ledge.
A farmer paints a cow during World War II to make sure it would not became the victim of a vehicle collision, UK, 1939.
The future 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with his cousin, 1910.
Princess Diana pregnant with her first child, 1982