31st January 1948: A man walking through a backstreet in the run-down Gorbals area of Glasgow.

31st January 1948: A man walking through a backstreet in the run-down Gorbals area of Glasgow.

Journalist Katharine Whitehorn braves the elements with a book in London's Hyde Park in March 1956.

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Journalist Katharine Whitehorn braves the elements with a book in London's Hyde Park in March 1956.

A group of boys from the Gorbals play amongst the gravestones of the Corporation Burial Ground in Rutherglen Road, UK, one of the few areas of greenery in the district, 1948.

A group of boys from the Gorbals play amongst the gravestones of the Corporation Burial Ground in Rutherglen Road, UK, one of the few areas of greenery in the district, 1948.

Children in the Gorbals, Glasgow, 1948

Bert Hardy – Do you need an expensive camera….?

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Joseph Swan in his Laboratory |   Sir Joseph Wilson Swan was a British Physicist, Chemist and Inventor. Swan lived at Underhill, on Kells Lane North in Low Fell, Gateshead. It was here that he conducted most of his experiments in the large conservatory. It was Swan's demonstration of the light bulb at a lecture in Newcastle upon Tyne on 18 December 1878, before its later development by the American Thomas Edison.

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Sir Joseph Wilson Swan invented the electric light bulb and invented the dry photographic plate.

Sir Joseph Wilson Swan invented the electric light bulb and invented the dry photographic plate.

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Sir Joseph Wilson Swan, scientist and inventor, c 1900.

Sir Joseph Wilson Swan, scientist and inventor, c 1900.

The electric light was invented in 1800 by Humphry Davy

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