The Trappists by Andre Kertesz, 1929

Such a look into the lives of the monks who took a vow of silence were rarely allowed, but Andre Kertesz was commissioned for a peek inside ‘the House of Silence’ of the Cistercians in Soligny-la-Trappe in Brittany.

Coronation of George V, 1911

George V’s coronation in 1911 had several ‘firsts’: the first to use the newly developed processional route through the Mall and Whitehall; the first to be followed by a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral; the first with the iconic balcony appearance by the king — and most importantly, the first to be photographed from inside the abbey.


Most people would not recognize anyone in the photo above. They have no reasons to. […]