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World War II in colour

Caption:Six grounds crewmen stand with cartridge belts over their shoulders as they wait to load one of the guns on a North American Aviation P-51 Mustang fighter plane, England, September 1944. The plane carries six guns, hence an additional 30 belts would need to be loaded for the plane to be fully armed. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

Kate Adie on the women of WW1 | InFocus

Kate Adie, former BBC Chief News Correspondent discusses how the societal role of women changed during WW1.

Early Version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

A woman in a shower cap hides behind a shower curtain and makes a face as she checks the temperature of the cold water.

Photo by Lambert in 1955.

A model posing with a whimsical Ohrberg stretch limousine in Los Angeles in 1990.

Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Michael Ochs Archives

From the FotoSoyuz Archive:

English lesson on the training ship ‘Krusenstern, Ukraine, circa 1970.

Today is World Photo Day – celebrating the anniversary of 19th August 1839, when the French government bought the patent to the Daguerreotype photographic process and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”. Though not the first photographic process invented it was practical for its time and helped to spread the idea of photography around the world.

Caption:circa 1845: Daguerreotype portrait of French painter and photographic pioneer Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre (1789 - 1851). He founded the Diorama in Paris in 1822 and helped to develop the process of imprinting pictures on metal plates using sunlight, leading to the discovery of the daguerrotype process in 1839. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Sabatier-Blot/George Eastman House/Getty Images)

Caption:LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Daguerreotype images from the 1800s are displayed in the Vintage Room of historic photographs in the Hulton Archive on May 13, 2011 in London, England. The comprehensive archive contains pictures created at the birth of photography in the early 1800s and covers every era and event through to the 21st century. Staff at the Hulton Archive are employed on a wide range of jobs including: conservation, retouching, hand-printing, scanning and archiving. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday to the 42nd President of the United States!

Bill Clinton turns 68 today.

”In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” - COCO CHANEL born on this day in 1883

1957: French fashion designer Coco Chanel says goodbye to American department store executive Stanley Marcus as she boards an airplane in Dallas, Texas. Chanel had been visiting for the opening of a new Neiman-Marcus store. She holds a package from the store. Photo by Shel Hershorn

Huw Martin is a Content Co-ordinator for BBC Motion Gallery, and part of the team who searches the BBC archives for suitable content. This content is digitised and uploaded to the BBC Motion Gallery hosted on Getty Images for clients to license for a mulitude of projects from adverts to films, documentaries to coporate videos.
We asked him for his top 10 favorite archival clips from the BBC Motion Gallery collection.

Yves Saint Laurent photographed in Paris in 1964 by Robert Doisneau

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