National Geographic : 1937 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart NEARLY 100 YEARS' SERVICE IS THE COMBINED RECORD OF THESE TWO VETERAN PRINTERS They have set type for news stories of such historic events as the battles of the Boer War, the earliest airplane flights, the World War, and many recent news events. Here they make up a form in the print shop of the Illustrated London News, popular weekly found in English-speaking homes and clubs the world over. Long before photographic half tones were made, this paper sent artists far and wide to cover news events with pen-and-ink pictures (page 25). distinguished in British public life who seldom go near Lloyd's themselves but are represented there by underwriting agents. Until recent years, Lloyd's was only a market for marine insurance. Today it goes far afield. The bulk of its policies are the usual kind, on ships, cargoes, policies against loss from fire, storms, strikes, etc. But it is the odd and queer policies which it also writes that make people talk so much about it. Insurance is issued, for example, to cover loss should a proposed wedding not take place. They insure a surgeon's or musician's hands, or the feet of a dancer. So many people here insure against having twins that printed forms are in use, called for almost daily! Besides insurance, Lloyd's services to shipping are enormous. Ships' movements from all over the Seven Seas are reported here throughout the day by the 2,500 Lloyd's agents who are established all over the world. News of movements of ships, shipwrecks, and airplane crashes are posted on the board in an alcove. Fires, acci- dents, earthquakes-all kinds of disasters that injure business-are telegraphed here. Major catastrophes are entered in the "Cas ualty Book," familiarly called the "Cham ber of Horrors," indeed a doleful record. In the great underwriting room of Lloyd's I found the broker who had in sured the National Geographic Society U. S. Army stratosphere balloon, gondola, scientific instruments, and lives of the fly ers. They showed me a policy once issued on how long Napoleon Bonaparte might remain in power; also original letters of marque and reprisal, and a bill of fare from the ill-fated Titanic, carried away in the pocket of a passenger who was picked up in the Atlantic after that ship was lost. Cables that pour in here to Lloyd's great "intelligence room" with news of world commerce and ships' movements are printed in Lloyd's List and Shipping Gazette, founded in 1734. This is the oldest news paper in London, with the exception of the London Gazette.