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Detail from a 1950’s Disneyland menu.

Detail from a 1950’s Disneyland menu.

A dancer balances atop a bottle of champagne, 1904.

A dancer balances atop a bottle of champagne, 1904.

Marlene Dietrich  kissing an American soldier as he arrives home from World War II in New York, 1945.

 Wehrmacht soldiers urinating in a ditch.

 Wehrmacht soldiers urinating in a ditch.

Elizabeth Taylor whilst feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square, London 1948.

Elizabeth Taylor whilst feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square, London 1948.

Ava Gardner.

Ava Gardner.

Bettie Page photographed by Bunny Yeager.

Bettie Page photographed by Bunny Yeager.

A comical illustration of a Plague Doctor reading in German ‘Doktor Schnabel von Rom’ (Doctor Beak of Rome) alongside a satirical macaronic poem in Latin and German reading ‘Vos Creditis, als eine Fabel, quod scribitur vom Doctor Schnabel’; roughly translating to ‘a funny tale is disclosed, by a doctor with big nose.’ The engraving is from 1656, by Paul Fürst.

A comical illustration of a Plague Doctor reading in German ‘Doktor Schnabel von Rom’ (Doctor Beak of Rome) alongside a satirical macaronic poem in Latin and German reading ‘Vos Creditis, als eine Fabel, quod scribitur vom Doctor Schnabel’; roughly translating to ‘a funny tale is disclosed, by a doctor with big nose.’ The engraving is from 1656, by Paul Fürst.

Queen of Pin-ups; Bettie Page.

Queen of Pin-ups; Bettie Page.

Tattoo artist Maud Wagner in 1911.

Tattoo artist Maud Wagner in 1911.

Marilyn Monroe in a fairground mirror.

Marilyn Monroe in a fairground mirror.

A Gavin Watson photograph from 1981.

An aptly named booklet released by the Board of Trade during World War II.

Image from a 1940’s hair tutorial guide.

Image from a 1940’s hair tutorial guide.