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Collection Selections: Unseen Churchill

The Prime Minister defiant, cigar clenched between his teeth, fingers raised in a victory salute: this iconic image is what many people call to mind when they hear the name ‘Winston Churchill’.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death on 24 January 1965, we have selected some quite different, rarely seen, photographs of him from the Daily Herald newspaper archive.

Comprising over 3 million photographs and covering the period from 1911 to the mid-1960s, the archive includes photographs of Churchill from all aspects of his life: his days in the military, the highs and lows of his political career, family pictures, his fondness for animals, and even boyhood portraits collected retrospectively for his obituary.

A portrait of Churchill as a boy, with his aunt
‘Winston Churchill with his Aunt’, 1880, Daily Herald Archive
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Churchill as a young man with two other young men, all in soldier uniform
‘Winston Churchill and friends’, 1894, Daily Herald Archive
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Churchill stood on top of a car addressing a large crowd in Manchester
‘North West Manchester Election’, 1908, Daily Herald Archive
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Churchill and his wife stood on a beach
‘The Lighter Side’, c.1910, Daily Herald Archive
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Winston stood next to an aeroplane, 1914
‘Aviation in 1914’, 1914, Daily Herald Archive
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Winston Churchill in a wheelchair leaving hospital
‘Winston Churchill Leaves Hospital’, 1931, Daily Herald Archive
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Churchill waving to sailors as he disembarks a ship in the USA
‘Mr Churchill’s Sea Voyage to U.S.A.’, 6 June 1943, Daily Herald Archive
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Churchill in the back of a Jeep lighting a cigar, in Normandy just after D-Day
‘Liberation of Europe: Churchill Visits Battle Front’, 12 June 1944, Daily Herald Archive
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Churchill visiting Caen with General Montgomery in July 1944
‘Prime Minister Visits Caen with General Montgomery’, July 1944, Daily Herald Archive
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Churchill waving to the crowd on VE Day from a balcony along Whitehall
‘V.E. Day’, 8 May 1945, Daily Herald Archive
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Churchill feeding a kangaroo at London Zoo
‘Winnie Meets ‘Digger’ at London Zoo’, 10 September 1947, Daily Herald Archive
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The Churchill Family sat in a garden
‘The Churchill Family’, 1951, Daily Herald Archive
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People queuing to enter the subway next to the Palace of Westminster
‘The Queue for Churchill’s Lying in State’, 28 January 1965, Daily Herald Archive
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Crowds of people stood on the tops of houses, observing Churchill's funeral
‘The Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill’, 30 January 1965, Daily Herald Archive
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Churchill's coffin being carried onto a train, 30 January 1965
‘State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill’, 30 January 1965, Daily Herald Archive
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