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History Of Fire Engines Coloring Book

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Fires have plagued man for centuries and devices designed to combat them by pumping a stream of water date back to at least the second century B. C. During the Great Fire of London in 1666, fire engines with hand-operated pumps met with little success in trying to contain that conflagration. It was not until the development of better pumps, combined with the use of flexible hoses, that fire engines began to be truly effective in fighting fires.Now children and adults alike can enjoy learning about the history of fire engines and have fun colouring at the same time. In this carefully rendered, well-researched colouring book by noted illustrator A. G. Smith, you'll find over 40 detailed, accurate illustrations (including a double-page spread) depicting a parade of fire-fighting vehicles spanning almost 300 years. Among them are a 1731 Newsham fire-engine pump built in England; a hand-drawn jumper reel, ca. 1800; a hand-drawn pumper from the 1830s; a horse-drawn combination, ca. 1890; a hose layer (1911) built for São Paulo, Brazil; a 1933 Ahrens-Fox pumper; a 1962 Mack aerial ladder truck; and many others. Captions identify each fire engine.


History Of Flight Coloring Book

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Includes accurate line drawings of 18th-century balloons, 19th-century dirigibles, the Wright "Flyer," the first English Channel crossing, the "Spirit of St. Louis," many fighters, bombers, and rockets from World Wars I and II, jets, early space vehicles, the "Concorde," and, of course, the Space Shuttle. 47 black-and-white illustrations.


A Social History Of Tennis In Britain

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Winner of the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2015- from the British Society for Sports History. From its advent in the mid-late nineteenth century as a garden-party pastime to its development into a highly commercialised and professionalised high-performance sport, the history of tennis in Britain reflects important themes in Britain's social history. In the first comprehensive and critical account of the history of tennis in Britain, Robert Lake explains how the game's historical roots have shaped its contemporary structure, and how the history of tennis can tell us much about the history of wider British society. Since its emergence as a spare-time diversion for landed elites, the dominant culture in British tennis has been one of amateurism and exclusion, with tennis sitting alongside cricket and golf as a vehicle for the reproduction of middle-class values throughout wider British society in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Consequently, the Lawn Tennis Association has been accused of a failure to promote inclusion or widen participation, despite steadfast efforts to develop talent and improve coaching practices and structures. Robert Lake examines these themes in the context of the global development of tennis and important processes of commercialisation and professional and social development that have shaped both tennis and wider society. The social history of tennis in Britain is a microcosm of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century British social history: sustained class power and class conflict; struggles for female emancipation and racial integration; the decline of empire; and, Britain's shifting relationship with America, continental Europe, and Commonwealth nations. This book is important and fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the history of sport or British social history.


Facts About Processes, Pigments And Vehicles

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Mr. Laurie is entitled to speak with authority on all that pertains to pigments and their preparation, for not only is he well known in purely chemical circles as an able experimenter, but he has had practical experience of colour-making in his capacity of scientific adviser to the firm of Madderton & Co. In this excellent little book the author attempts to give to those who use paints some knowledge of the methods of preparation and the properties of the materials they work with. The experimental method is adopted, and by means of some very simple apparatus the student is taught how to investigate the permanency of a colour, and to perform experiments intended to make clear to him why, of two apparently similar pigments, one may be used in safety, while the other must in many cases be avoided. The chapters on "process" work deserve careful attention from those interested in the reproduction of diagrams, and the book should be in the hands of all artists who are anxious to hand on their creations with undiminished brilliancy for the admiration of future generations.

-The Cambridge Review, Volume 17


A Short History Of Russia

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Mary Platt Parmele was a historian who wrote short histories of various European nations during the late 19th century.From the preface:"If this book seems to have departed from the proper ideal of historic narrative-if it is the history of a Power, and not of a People-it is because the Russian people have had no history yet. There has been no evolution of a Russian nation, but only of a vast governing system; and the words "Russian Empire" stand for a majestic world-power in which the mass of its people have no part. A splendidly embroidered robe of Europeanism is worn over a chaotic, undeveloped mass of semi-barbarism. The reasons for this incongruity-the natural obstacles with which Russia has had to contend; the strange ethnic problems with which it has had to deal; its triumphant entry into the family of great nations; and the circumstances leading to the disastrous conflict recently concluded, and the changed conditions resulting from it-such is the story this book has tried to tell."



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