Friday, 31 January 2014

Randon Ad - De Havilland Mosquito (1940's)

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The mostly wooden De Havilland Mosquito went into active service in 1941. I can't quite understand why De Havilland felt they had to advertise unless they thought the newspaper readers were in the market for a fast fighter/bomber, or were they, as the tagline at the bottom suggests, looking to the post war commercial future?

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Random Cutting - Football scandal (1918)

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From the Daily Chronicle 23rd March 1918. George Anderson had been playing for Manchester United since 1911until he tried to fix a match in December 1917 and was suspended for life. At the trial featured in the cutting he was sentenced to 8 months in prison. It is a sign of the times that someone can be refered to several times in the article by the term 'A Jew' or 'the Jew'.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Pope John Paul I dies

Daily Mail dated 30th September  1978

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Pope John Paul I actually reigned (if that's the right word) for 34 days inclusive (26th August to 28th September 1978) which makes his the 10th shortest Papacy. If you are interested in such things there are several conspiracy theories surrounding his sudden death. Try Google.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Random Ad - Honeywell Computer Jobs (1960's)

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In the days before home computing, way back in the 1960's, getting into computers was the job of the future. I know. I did. In 1967. Operating a GE/Bull 425 mainframe.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Random Cutting - Kit Conquest comic strip (1949)

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From the Daily Express for the 30th September 1949. 'Kit Conquest' was drawn by Jack Daniel who also worked on the Eagle comic. This all the information I can find. Rather nice sparce style, though.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

General Booth Memorial

Daily Mirror not dated but probably 21st or 22nd August 1912 
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William Booth was born in Nottingham in 1829 and founded the Salvation Army in 1865. He died at the age of 83 on 20th August 1912.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Random Ad - Hamley's Toy shop (1923)

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This March 1923 advert is for Hamley's toy shop which has graced London's Regent Street since 1881. The High Holborn branch opened in 1901 replacing the original William Hamley's Noah's Ark toy shop that opened in 1760. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Random Cutting - Pop 30 (1983)

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The Top 30 Singles chart for 26th October 1983. Despite the prediction Duran Duran's 'Union of the Snake' peaked at number 3 in the UK. 'Uptown Girl' did make the top spot. 'Puss in Boots' to number 5 and Men Without Hats' 'Safety Dance' got to number 6. 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Queen shooting drama

Sunday Mirror dated Sunday 14th June 1981
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Teenager Marcus Sarjeant fired 6 blanks froom a replica pistol at or near the Queen during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony. He was subsequently tried under the 1842 Treason Act and sentenced to 5 years in prison. He served 3 years.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Random Ad - Mars Bar (1950's)

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A 1950's advert for the ever popular and tooth decaying Mars Bar. Patricia Kirkwood was a musical star of the 30's, 40's and 50's who, in 1953, appeared on TV as music hall star Marie Lloyd famous for such songs as 'My Old Man (said Follow the Van)' and 'Oh Mr Porter'. I can't find any reference to Mars Bars in Lloyd's Wikipedia entry.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Random Cutting - Naziland

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This pro-Nazi Germany article published in the bi-lingual Nueue Londoner Zeitung on 29th July 1933 was written by Geoffrey Harmsworth, the nephew of Lord Rothermere. Rothermere was the owner of the Daily Mail and notorious supporter of Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and, closer to home, Sir Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Moon Men on their Way

Daily Mirror dated Thursday 17th July 1969
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Neil Armstrong, 'Buzz' Aldrin and Michael Collins took off from Cape Kennedy in Florida on the 16th July 1969 and reached the Moon on the 20th. They stayed for just over 21 hours and landed back on Earth on the 24th July. 
See this post for coverage of the Armstrong's (and Man's) first step onto the lunar surface.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Random Ad - Robinson's Golden Shred (1938)

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This Robertson's Golliwog advert/competition appeared in the Children's Newspaper of February 2nd 1938. 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Random Cutting - James Dean film review (195

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A review of James Dean's 'first film' published October 28th 1955. Although a lot of people think James Dean appeared in only 3 films - 'East of Eden', 'Rebel Without a Cause', and 'Giant', a quick look at the Internet Movie database shows a further 5 films and over 30 TV roles. He died in a car crash at the age of 24.

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Happy New Year (or is it?)

Due to other commitments I will not be able to spend as much time on this blog in the new year, so the Sunday lots-of-things-from-one-edition post will be replaced by a single-story-but-often-a-front-page-story-post. The Wednesday and Friday posts should continue, time permitting, unabbated.

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