Category 20th century business

Catching up on other stories

Have you ever planned to do things and then suddenly realise that the time has moved on faster than you have?  Well, something like that has happened to me – and I can blame Marlene Dietrich for it.  No, that’s not fair, but I hope you have enjoyed her story so far. So what should […]

The First Radio Disc Jockey

On Thursday 7th July 1927 Christopher Stone became England’s first radio disc jockey with his Record Round-up programme on BBC Radio from Savoy Hill. Educated at Eton, Stone later served in the Royal Fusiliers. In 1906 he had published a book of Sea Songs and Ballads and in 1923 had written the history of his […]

Britain’s Jet Age of travel begins

It was on this day – Thursday 2nd May 1952 – that the world’s first passenger jet service from London to Johannesburg took off.  It was a BOAC De Havilland Comet Yoke Peter with 36 fare-paying passengers on board. The journey was some 7,000 miles with stops at Rome, Beirut, Khartoum, Entebbe and Livingstone.   At […]

This man was no bodies’ fool

The 1st April gives us a chance to do all sorts of foolish things – well until noon time anyway – but on this day in 1913 Henry Ford was not fooling around. It was on that day that he started an assembly line to make motors. He later wrote: ‘A Ford car contains about […]

Could Dr Beeching have been going along the wrong lines?

Back on 23rd December 2016 I told the story of a certain Dr Richard Beeching who, on that day in 1964, was to depart from his post as Chairman of the British Rail Board in the New Year. Well, it was on this day – Wednesday 15th March – in 1961 – that he had […]

Aladdin’s Cave at the Sale-Room – step 2

A couple of weeks ago – Wednesday 8th February to be precise – I posted some details on ‘Aladdin’s Cave at the Sale-Room’.  At the end of that post I said that I had not been able to check so-far as to what was sold and how much it brought in, and said that I […]