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History in Colour

Colourised photographs that bring the past to life

NEW YORK, 1920S

Seemingly undaunted by the 20-storey drop below, these ironworkers enjoy their lunch while working on a 152-metre-high skyscraper in Lower Manhattan. Their lack of safety ropes meant such workers became known as ‘cowboys of the sky’. The Roaring Twenties saw a construction boom as companies competed to build ever higher. By 1931, New York’s skyline had been completely transformed, with the Empire State Building towering over its neighbours at a grand 443.2-metres tall.

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In AD 79, Pompeii was wiped out by a huge volcanic eruption that buried it beneath a thick carpet of ash and debris. We look back at fateful day – the day an entire Roman city died – and find out how the ruins offer us a glimpse into the lives of everyday Romans. Plus: Globetrotter Marco Polo meets Mongol warlord Kublai Khan; how the Night of the Long Knives made Hitler untouchable; inside the Victorian freak show; and all you need to know to survive an Edwardian dinner party