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Sources for business history: catalogues of bank files

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

Exhibition - Season's Greetings

9: 1973 Seasonal message sent from N M Rothschild & Sons Limited

In 1973, N M Rothschild & Sons limited chose not to send a seasonal image but instead sent a plain gold edged card to clients and business contacts, with the message: “We are not sending a Christmas card this year but our thoughts and best wishes are with you for 1974.”

The year 1973 has been said to have been one of the most significant years of the twentieth century, with the winter of 1973-1974 remembered for power cuts, the three-day working week, a global oil crisis, and a miners’ strike. The Arab-Israeli conflict of October 1973 (the ‘Yom Kippur War’) killed an estimated 10,000 troops. The London Bank’s decision seems a measured and thoughtful response during this turbulent and frightening period.