Front pages (and usually back, middle or other pages) chosen at random (more or less) from my collection of mostly 20th Century mostly British newspapers. Weekly new posts on Sundays, a Random Cutting on Wednesdays and a Random Advert on Fridays.
The Lady Margaret portable radio manufactured by Vidor Ltd of Erith, Kent circa 1953/4. I hope that she won't be driving while it is playing on her knee. They also produced Lady Anne and Lady Elizabeth models - some sort of specifically targeted marketing strategy?
Marlene Dietrich became an international film
star during the Silent era when language was no barrier to success. As to how
old she was - this cutting dates from either 1949 or 1950 and Dietrich was born
in 1901, making her 48 or even 49, but then a lady has the right to lie about
her age. 'No Highway' was released in 1951. Dietrich spent the last decade of
her life mostly bedridden and died in 1992.
Founded in Northampton in 1903 Barratt Shoes were a successful country wide chain by the 1920's. Who needs x-ray machines or special gauges to get the right size shoe when you have a pencil and a bit of paper handy?
John Fairfax was the first person to row the
Atlantic solo. He set off on January 20th 1969 and arrived in Florida 180 days
later on July 19th. In 1971/2 he rowed, along with Sylvia Cook, the Pacific
taking 361 days. He died in Nevada in 2012 at the age of 74.
Elise Raymonde Deroche, known as Baroness De
Laroche, was a pioneering French aviatrix and the first woman in the world to
receive a pilot's licence. Unable to join the air force during WWI she became
an Army driver for the duration. She returned to flying in 1919 but as shown
here was killed on July 18th while a passenger in an experimental plane
Published in December 1952 this poll of
Britain's leading box-office attractions is headed by Ronald Shiner. I imagine
anyone under 50 will ask, "Who?” Shiner made 86 films between 1934 and
1961. Surprisingly he is above such greats as Alastair Sim, Alec Guinness, Jack
Hawkins and Trevor Howerd. This was when Britain had a film industry and 8 of
the top 12 moneymaking films were British!
If you fancied yourself as Mr Mackay or Mr Barrowclough from Porridge then the Prison Service was the job for you, if the postal strike ever ended and you could send off your application. No e-mail or online contact in those dark days.
Joseph Conrad was born Józef Teodor Konrad
Korzeniowski in 1857 in the Ukraine, and was raised and educated in Poland
before a sea-faring career in the French and British merchant navies. He
settled in England and wrote short stories and novels like Lord Jim, Heart of
Darkness and The Secret Agent, which combined his experiences all over the
World with an interest in moral conflict and the dark side of human nature. In
his time he was regarded as one of England great writers but is now best
remembered as the author of the novella (Heart of Darkness) on which the film
'Apocalypse Now' was based. He died in Canterbury on 3rd August 1924.
King's Cross to Doncaster for the St Leger for only £1 11s 9d (£1.58 or allowing for inflation £59.75) or if you were posh 1st class for £2 13s (£2.65 or £99 after inflation). The journey took 3hours and 30 minutes whereas now it would be about 1hour 45 minutes (unless there were leaves on the line) and the first class return would set you back £285
The Bank of America in Mayfair, London was robbed of
£8million in 1976. After the inside man turned informant 7 of the gang were
jailed but the mastermind Frank Maple fled abroad. He was later sentenced to 9
years in Austria for a hotel robbery.
Norman Vaughan replaced Bruce Forsyth (whatever happened to him) as host of the TV show 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium' in 1962. He also devised the TV gameshow 'Bullseye' and appeared in a series of adverts for Roses Chocolates with the catchphrase "Roses grow on you". He died in 2002 following a road accident.
I think I became aware of the silent film comedian Harold Lloyd when I saw the compilation film 'Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy' in 1962. Originally a 'poor man's Charlie Chaplin', Lloyd soon found his own character, bespectacled accident-prone optimist, and made a fortune. His films often featured seemingly dangerous stunts which Lloyd participated in with the help of stuntman Harvey Parry. He died on the 8th March 1971.