Archive for July, 2012

Wyndham Halswelle – the gold medal winner who raced against himself in the 400m final at the 1908 Olympics

Posted on July 30th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

London-born Wyndham Halswelle was a competitor in one of the most amazing (and surreal!) Olympic events – the 400m final of the 1908 Olympics. In this event, Wyndham Halswelle won the gold medal in a race that had no other runners. The reason for the occurrence of this most strangest of races, was the total […]

‘Olympics Are Attraction – Market Subdued’, Thursday 5 August 1948

Posted on July 30th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

We like this news report about the effect that the Olympics was having on the London Stock Exchange in 1948. The report also mentions Torbay/Torquay, which was was the location for the Olympic sailing events at the 1948 Games. It’ll be interesting to see if what effects the Olympics have on the London Stock Exchange […]

The Gold Medal Won by the Uncle of James Bond Author, Ian Fleming – Philip Fleming, 1912 Olympics at Stockholm

Posted on July 29th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

Reading about the family of Ian Fleming in the Archive It’s just a small newspaper report, but there are so many stories within this wee clipping. The Leander crew who beat the New College (Oxford) crew to win the gold medal at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, contained one Philip Fleming. The nephew of Philip […]

Fanfare of Golden Trumpets for the Opening of the 1948 Olympic Games in London

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

To celebrate the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, we thought we’d post these stories about the opening of the 1948 London Games. We love reading old newspaper reports about the OlympicGames in the Archive, as the old-fashioned, Corinthian spirit of the Olympics really shines through these stories. We also love the quirky […]

Parasites in the British Newspaper Archive!

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

We’re endlessly fascinated by all the different types of researchers who are busy rummaging around in the Archive. It’s a grand gallimaufry: from genealogy researchers to, well, leading experts on parasites…in all their various and glorious forms – insect and human. So when a parasite expert recently got in touch to advise us that that […]

Beethoven – Portrait, Description and His Views on England

Posted on July 25th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

With the Beethoven cycle taking place at the Proms this week, we thought we’d post another story to complement the wonderful tale about the muse for the ‘Moonlight Sonata’. The portrait/description and story included below come from ‘The Beethoven Centennial’ in 1927. At this time, there was a major reappraisal of his work. In the […]

Amelia Earhart – ‘Still Flying Although Married’

Posted on July 24th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

The pioneering aviatrix, Amelia Earhart (‘Lady Lindy’), was born in Atchison, Kansas, on 24 July 1897. To celebrate her birthday, we’ve included a wee story below about Earhart’s thoughts on how best to combine flying with marriage. “It’s about fifty-fifty”, she opined. We’ve also included a wonderful photo of Earhart, all dressed up in her […]

The Invention of the Ice Cream Cone by Charles Menches – at the World Fair, St Louis, 23 July 1904

Posted on July 23rd, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 23 July 1904, Charles Menches had a ‘Eureka!’ moment, while watching people eat ice cream at the World Fair at St Louis. In short, Menches suddenly received a visit by the ice cream cone muse (aka ‘Mr Whippy’) - and the rest is history and 99s! So, to celebrate the tardy arrival of the sun […]

The Muse for the ‘Moonlight Sonata’ or a “Shaggy Beethoven’s Tale”?…

Posted on July 23rd, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

With the Proms taking place at the moment, we thought we’d post a historical newspaper story about Beethoven. The report tells the story of how Beethoven received his inspiration to write the beautiful ‘Moonlight Sonata’ The thing is, we’re not sure if it’s true – for it does seem to be one of those famous […]