There are no smart clothes and no gaiety among the British migrants, and none of the Italian stewards speaks English

Immigrant ship bound for Australia: from the archive, 17 December 1958

A group of children aged between six and thirteen board a train at London"s St Pancras Station, en route to new homes in Australia

The Philadelphia-born photographer talks to Raymond Gardner about her breakthrough in documentary making

An interview with photojournalist Eve Arnold: from the archive, 13 December 1971

Eve Arnold ( April 1912 – January was an American photojournalist. She joined Magnum Photos agency in and became a full member in

German actor Eva Mattes, who made her name in films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, dons a beard to play the controversial director himself

The female part of a man called Eva: from the archive, 22 December 1984

Originally published in the Guardian on 22 December German actor Eva Mattes, who made her name in films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, dons a beard to play the controversial director himself

The latest innovation at Victoria Baths, Manchester - a therapeutic jacuzzi - leaves our reporter feeling a little strange

A ‘tonic for the jaded’ at the public baths: from the archive, 8 December 1952

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 8 December The latest innovation at Victoria Baths, Manchester - a therapeutic jacuzzi - leaves our reporter feeling a little strange

Edward Elgar is one of this country’s finest composers but a string of inadequate performances and his popularity among ‘the wrong sort’ do him no favours

Elgar’s new cello concerto deserves respect: from the archive, 3 December 1919

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 3 December Edward Elgar is one of this country’s finest composers but a string of inadequate performances and his popularity among ‘the wrong sort’ do him no favours

Labour’s demand for blood sports to be banned has spurred advocates of foxhunting into action

Hunt enthusiasts in pursuit of the voter: from the archive, 23 December 1978

Former Northumbria Police officer claims illegal fox hunts are widespread in the region

Prime minister Neville Chamberlain defends his policy of appeasement in the Commons following the Munich Agreement

Chamberlain to Hitler - waiting for commitment to peace: from the archive, 20 December 1938

Chamberlain (right) shakes hands with Mussolini after signing the Munich Agreement while Hitler and other European leaders look on, 30 September

Observer, 19 December 1976: Hair is becoming much more natural, a soft, shaggy, pretty look

Fashion archive, 19 December 1976: Put your rollers away, women advised

Observer, 19 December Hair is becoming much more natural, a soft, shaggy, pretty look

Bored of Buster Keaton and dancing to jazz records, these 1920s hipsters were ahead of their time with a return to their vintage childhood

Waxed fruit and side whiskers for an old-fashioned evening: from the archive, 19 December 1924

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 19 December Bored of Buster Keaton and dancing to jazz records, these hipsters were ahead of their time with a return to their vintage childhood

The events of 50 years ago that led to Barack Obama's historic announcement – as they happened in the pages of the newspaper

How US-Cuba relations broke down after Castro's revolution, from the Guardian archive

Cuba becomes the first Communist state in the western hemisphere as revolutionary forces led by Fidel Castro enter Havana in January and US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista flees the country.

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