…what else you find on the way. I’m doing a feature for Radio Times that’s involved researching back issues far, far further back than I’m normally supposed to for the On This Day column and it’s, well, it’s weird. The paper stock they used in the 1920s feels wrong, it’s sometimes glossier than you’d expect yet the printing, the actual text on the page, sometimes looks like it was done on a typewriter.
And the attitudes, the assumptions that plainly went without saying then but are mysteries now or hopelessly innocent. There’s going to be plenty of this in the final feature but I also kept finding things that are off the brief and though I can’t use them, there is one I really want you to see.
The Radio Times: April 18, 1924 issue, p149, col 2
“Amongst Bournmouth’s distinguished listeners is Mr Thomas Hardy, O.M., the great Wessex novelist, who has not hesitated to give helpful advice concerning the station programmes.”
Isn’t that fantastic? Thomas Hardy alive and being a right pain in the backside to BBC Radio Bournmouth, or whatever it was called then.