National Geographic : 1937 Jan
AS LONDON TOILS AND SPINS PRIVATE GARDENS SCREEN BUCKINGHAM PALACE FROM TEEMING HYDE PARK CORNER King Edward VIII's London residence is the quadrangular building near the end of the tree lined avenue leading from Wellington Arch (right center). English sovereigns since Queen Vic toria's accession have resided here. The royal standard is flown from the palace when the monarch is at home. In the distance (upper left) is the Clock Tower housing Big Ben (Plate II). woodcuts; but its first real newspaper, printed fortnightly in English, in Amster dam, delivered here, did not appear till 1620. Oddly enough, the first sentence in this first of all newspapers complained that there was no news, saying that the "latest tydings" had not yet arrived! Known as the Coranto, this first paper appeared about the time the Pilgrims landed. At the London Press Club they show you a fascinating file of historic newspapers. One veteran on the Illustrated London News gave me an old woodcut, made from an on-the-spot drawing of British soldiers camped on the Nile, when "Chinese Gor don" was fighting the Mahdi at Khartoum. What a difference now, with photog raphy! Enterprising London editors send cameramen by special airplane to points as far away as Egypt and Palestine to get pictures for one big news story. Photog raphers race about London on motor cycles. Radio news is chosen and broadcast under Government control. "Does radio news injure newspapers?" I asked an editor. "No. The printed word embalms and preserves the suspended thought-people like to read news-even to read about events they have already witnessed." You must pay the equivalent of about $3 a year license fee to own a radio in the Kingdom. "B.B.C." is the popular name for the British Broadcasting Corporation, whose modernistic building stands in Portland Place (page 32).