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Star Collection

"Stars: Illuminating the Majesty of the Universe and Beyond" In a world where stars reign supreme, their significance transcends time and space

Background imageStar Collection: Elizabeth II - Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Elizabeth II - Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth
Her Majesty Elizabeth II - Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms (1926-2022). Date: 1955

Background imageStar Collection: King George VI - fine photographic portrait

King George VI - fine photographic portrait
A very fine photographic portrait of King George VI (1895-1952) - King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth. Date: circa 1939

Background imageStar Collection: Rogier van der Weyden (1399 / 1400 A?i? 1464) was an Early F

Rogier van der Weyden (1399 / 1400 A?i? 1464) was an Early F
Rogier van der Weyden or Roger de la Pasture (1399/1400 A?i? 1464) was an Early Flemish painter. St Columba Altarpiece from Church of St Columba in Cologne. Oil on Oak Panel. 1455

Background imageStar Collection: Railway Station, Keighley, Yorkshire

Railway Station, Keighley, Yorkshire
Railway Station, Keighley, Bradford, Yorkshire, England. Showing 92220 British Railways Class 9F Evening Star 2-10-0 Date: 1976

Background imageStar Collection: Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, 1954

Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, 1954
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pictured together in the Grand Entrance in Buckingham Palace in 1954

Background imageStar Collection: VAN GOGH: STARRY NIGHT. The Starry Night. Oil on canvas by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889

VAN GOGH: STARRY NIGHT. The Starry Night. Oil on canvas by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889

Background imageStar Collection: A Star Explodes - Norman Lindsay

A Star Explodes - Norman Lindsay
A Star Explodes by Norman Lindsay Date: 1932

Background imageStar Collection: The Plough asterism in Ursa Major

The Plough asterism in Ursa Major
The Plough. This asterism (group of stars) is part of the much larger constellation Ursa Major, most of which is out of frame

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1919 solar eclipse. Image 2 of 3. This set of images, taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einsteins theory of general relativity

Background imageStar Collection: Orion nebula

Orion nebula. Coloured composite infrared and visible light image of the Orion nebula M42. This emission nebula, a cloud of gas and dust in which starbirth takes place

Background imageStar Collection: METEOR SHOWER, 1833. People observing a meteor storm above a village in 1833

METEOR SHOWER, 1833. People observing a meteor storm above a village in 1833. Wood engraving by Adolf Vollmy, c1888

Background imageStar Collection: Orions belt

Orions belt. Optical image of the line of three bright stars making up the belt in the constellation of Orion. The stars are, from lower left to upper right: Alnitak (Zeta Orionis)

Background imageStar Collection: Celestial mechanics, medieval artwork

Celestial mechanics, medieval artwork
Celestial mechanics. Coloured historical artwork depicting a medieval pilgrim looking out from the sky (blue) to see the mechanics of the heavens (upper left)

Background imageStar Collection: Pillars of Creation

Pillars of Creation, combined Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope image. These towering columns are formed of interstellar hydrogen gas and dust

Background imageStar Collection: Sun Dog Painting

Sun Dog Painting
Vadersolstavlan (The Sun Dog Painting) is a painting depicting a halo phenomenon observed over Stockholm in 1535. Date: 1535

Background imageStar Collection: 1919 solar eclipse

1919 solar eclipse
^B1919 solar eclipse. Image 1 of 3.^b This set of images, taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einsteins theory of general relativity

Background imageStar Collection: Nebula Sh 2-106, HST image

Nebula Sh 2-106, HST image
Nebula Sh 2-106, Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image. Combined optical and infrared image of the compact star-forming region and emission nebula Sharpless 2-106 (Sh 2-106)

Background imageStar Collection: Optical image of the star Sirius

Optical image of the star Sirius
Sirius. Optical image of the star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, with the exception of the Sun. North is at top. Sirius (Alpha Canis Majoris), also known as the Dog Star

Background imageStar Collection: Charlie Chaplin as the little tramp

Charlie Chaplin as the little tramp
Film actor and director Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), film star and director, seen here in his little tramp costume, probably in a still from his 1925 film, The Gold Rush

Background imageStar Collection: Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) over Kakslauttanen Igloo West Village, Saariselka

Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) over Kakslauttanen Igloo West Village, Saariselka, Finland, Scandinavia, Europe

Background imageStar Collection: Lancastria Steamship

Lancastria Steamship
Passenger liner and mail steamer of the Cunard White Star Line

Background imageStar Collection: RMS Mauretania

RMS Mauretania - Passenger liner of the Cunard White Star line, she held the Blue Riband for 21 years; she was withdrawn from service and broken up in 1935. Date: circa 1907

Background imageStar Collection: Long Live Estonia

Long Live Estonia! A patriotic postcard, featuring a female personification of the State of Estonia, waving the Estonian Flag before a night sky. Date: circa 1920

Background imageStar Collection: Solar system planets

Solar system planets. Artwork showing the Sun (left) and the eight planets of the solar system and their orbits. From left to right they are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

Background imageStar Collection: Poster advertising White Star Line to USA and Canada

Poster advertising White Star Line to USA and Canada
Poster advertising the White Star Line between Liverpool and Southampton to Queenstown, Boston, Philadelphia, Quebec, Montreal, Halifax, Portland, Cherbourg and New York

Background imageStar Collection: LORD NELSON 1758 - 1805

LORD NELSON 1758 - 1805
HORATIO, LORD NELSON British naval officer

Background imageStar Collection: The RMS Olympic - White Star Line

The RMS Olympic - White Star Line - sister ship of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Many postcards have the incorrect ship depicted as the two were very similar

Background imageStar Collection: Tsai Shen Yeh - The Chinese God of wealth

Tsai Shen Yeh - The Chinese God of wealth
Tsai Shen Yeh is a Chinese God of wealth (often also called Lu Shing or The Star God of Wealth). Images of the God can be seen in many Chinese and oriental houses and buildings

Background imageStar Collection: Solar System, artwork

Solar System, artwork
Solar System. Artwork of Earths solar system, showing the planets and other objects that orbit the Sun (upper right). The separations of the orbits are not shown to scale

Background imageStar Collection: Cunard White Star liner

Cunard White Star liner
The Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth sails into New York Date: circa 1940

Background imageStar Collection: Trotsky slaying the counter-revolutionary dragon (poster), 1918

Trotsky slaying the counter-revolutionary dragon (poster), 1918. Found in the collection of the State Museum of Revolution, Moscow

Background imageStar Collection: Ivor Novello star of The Rat (1925)

Ivor Novello star of The Rat (1925)
Ivor Novello the star of The Rat on stage and screen Date: 1926

Background imageStar Collection: Jane Russell in The French Line

Jane Russell in The French Line (1954) - an RKO Radio Picture. Directed by Howard Hughes Date: 1954

Background imageStar Collection: Solidarity of Labour: Labours May Day

Solidarity of Labour: Labours May Day, dedicated to the workers of the world. Cartoon of 1890 by Walter Crane (1845 - 1914)

Background imageStar Collection: M51 whirlpool galaxy

M51 whirlpool galaxy

Background imageStar Collection: DEGAS: STAR, 1876-77. Edgar Degas: The Star or The Dancer on Stage. Pastel on paper, 1876-77

DEGAS: STAR, 1876-77. Edgar Degas: The Star or The Dancer on Stage. Pastel on paper, 1876-77

Background imageStar Collection: White Star Line Poster

White Star Line Poster advertising travel on the worlds largest liner between Southampton and New York

Background imageStar Collection: Shirley Temple / Birthday

Shirley Temple / Birthday
SHIRLEY TEMPLE American child star of of 1930s, offering a birthday greeting

Background imageStar Collection: Milky Way

Milky Way, optical image. The Milky Way is our own galaxy. Because Earth lies in one of its spiral arms, we look into the central mass of stars and see the galaxy as a band of light crossing the sky

Background imageStar Collection: Shirley Temple / Fox Films

Shirley Temple / Fox Films
SHIRLEY TEMPLE American child star of the 1930s

Background imageStar Collection: QUEEN MARY

QUEEN MARY
Cunard White Star liner - at the time, both the largest and the fastest ship of her kind in the world, with accommodation for 5000 passengers. Date: launched 26 Sept. 1934

Background imageStar Collection: The Palace of the Queen of the Night, set design for The Magic Flute by

The Palace of the Queen of the Night, set design for The Magic Flute by
XPH73638 The Palace of the Queen of the Night, set design for The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) for a production in Berlin, 1816 (w/c) by Schinkel

Background imageStar Collection: BSA A7 Shooting Star 1954 Green

BSA A7 Shooting Star 1954 Green

Background imageStar Collection: Cygnus and Lyra constellations

Cygnus and Lyra constellations. Cygnus, the swan, is at centre left, with Lyra, the lyre, at centre right. The brightest star is Cygnus is Deneb (Alpha Cygni, upper left)

Background imageStar Collection: Poster advertising the White Star Line, Europe to America

Poster advertising the White Star Line, Europe to America
Poster advertising voyages on the White Star Line from Europe to America

Background imageStar Collection: The Launch of R. M. S. Queen Mary, Clydebank, September 1934

The Launch of R. M. S. Queen Mary, Clydebank, September 1934
Photograph of the launch of the R.M.S. Queen Mary, viewed from the slipway she had just left, 26th September 1934. The Cunard White Star Liner then spent the next year-and-a-half in Clydebank

Background imageStar Collection: Shirley Temple / Cake

Shirley Temple / Cake
SHIRLEY TEMPLE American child star of the 1930s, tucking into her birthday cake

Background imageStar Collection: Freddie Mercury and Queen recording music video, London

Freddie Mercury and Queen recording music video, London
Freddie Mercury and Queen recording a video for Friends Will Be Friends, London Date: 1986




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"Stars: Illuminating the Majesty of the Universe and Beyond" In a world where stars reign supreme, their significance transcends time and space. From the regal presence of Queen Elizabeth II, who shines as brightly as any celestial body in her role as Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, to King George VI's fine photographic portrait capturing his stately essence. But it is not just earthly figures that captivate our attention; even stars explode with brilliance. Norman Lindsay's depiction of a star exploding reminds us of the immense power and beauty found within these cosmic phenomena. The 1919 solar eclipse brought awe-inspiring moments as people gazed upon this rare celestial event, marveling at its ethereal spectacle. Similarly, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh in 1954 exemplify how love can shine like a radiant star amidst tumultuous times. Throughout history, meteor showers have fascinated humanity. Adolf Vollmy's wood engraving transports us back to 1833 when villagers marveled at a meteor storm above their humble abode - a reminder that even ordinary lives can be touched by extraordinary wonders from above. Amongst constellations that grace our night sky, The Plough asterism in Ursa Major stands out with its distinctive pattern while Orion's Belt guides explorers through the vastness of space. Artists too have been inspired by stars' enchanting allure. Vincent Van Gogh immortalized "Starry Night, " an oil on canvas masterpiece depicting swirling skies filled with twinkling stars that ignite our imagination. Venturing further into deep space reveals breathtaking sights such as the Orion Nebula - an interstellar nursery where new they are born - or the Pillars of Creation standing tall amidst cosmic clouds sculpted by stellar winds and radiation. And let us not forget Nebula Sh 2-106 captured brilliantly by Hubble Space Telescope (HST), showcasing vibrant colors dancing across light-years away – reminding us of the boundless beauty that lies beyond our reach.