Christmas Day in the London Bridge Canteen depicts HRH Princess Helena Victoria, creator and Chairman of the Ladies’ Auxiliary Committee of the YMCA paying a visit to workers during the First World War.
The princess, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was one of a number of royals to drop German names from her title at the outbreak of the war. She never married, but went on to live through both World Wars.
The image was created by war artist Clare Atwood in 1920. Atwood, an unusual woman for her time, was a known lesbian who lived in a ménage à trois relationship with two other women until their deaths.
The film April Fool was released in the United States on the 21st of November, 1920. The image below of Northern Irish actress Thelma Percy (younger sister of Eileen Percy), one of the stars, appeared in the Exhibitors Herald the day before.
Only a fragment of the film – a gag featuring a wallet – is known to have survived.
The man receiving the Victoria Cross, the highest military honour in both Britain and Australia, has been identified as Corporal Arthur Sullivan. Brigadier General John Macquarie Antill, Commandant of SA stands behind the Prince.
Prince Edward became King in 1936, and abdicated the same year.
This issue of The Queenslander, a now-discontinued illustrated weekly magazine in Australia, is from the 5th of April, 1928.
This edition is Easter-themed; in 1928 Good Friday fell the following day, on the 6th of the month.
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Strongheart, a German Shepherd, was born on the 1st of October, 1917. Originally trained as a police dog for Germany in World War One, he went on to become a movie star in America.
Originally named Etzel von Oeringen, his owner fell into poverty at the end of the war and sent him to the United States in 1920, where he was renamed at the suggestion of a studio.
Brawn of the North
Strongheart’s film credits include 1921’s The Silent Call and 1922’s Brawn of the North.
His last film was 1927’s The Return of Boston Blackie.
As the star of a book in 1926.
The dog was accidentally burnt by studio lights, which caused him to develop a tumour. He died in June 1929.
The 1920 Summer Olympics opened in Antwerp, Belgium on the 14th of August.
The Games, which were to have been held in Germany in 1916 but were cancelled due to World War One, were awarded to the city in honour of the suffering inflicted on the Belgian people during the war.
Qantas’ second office, photographed in mid-1921. Source
Australia’s national airline, Qantas, was founded on the 16th of November, 1920 in Winton, Queensland. It was called Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited.
The airline is the third oldest in the world, after the Dutch airline, KLM and Colombian airline, Avianca.
Arrival at Longreach in 1922
Qantas began flying internationally in 1935, with flights from Darwin to Singapore, with connections to Imperial Airways for passengers to continue on to London.
The school as it was in October, 1920.
The oldest public school and oldest surviving school in the United States, the Boston Latin School was established on the 23rd of April, 1635.
First schoolhouse, circa 1635.
Modelled on the Boston Grammar School in Lincolnshire, England, the school would go on to produce famous alumni, including five signers of the Declaration of Independence, and also many a famous dropout, including Benjamin Franklin.
Helen Magill White
The school refused entry to women until the second half of the nineteenth century. Helen Magill White, the first woman in the United States to earn a doctorate, was the school’s first female graduate. The school’s first female principal took on the job in 1998.
American film and stage actress Gene Tierney died on the 6th of November, 1991. Born in 1920, she was days from her seventy-first birthday when she died of emphysema.
Known both for her beauty and her acting ability, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Leave Her to Heaven (1945).
Like too any people of her era, her death was caused by a lifetime of smoking. Unlike many others, the reason she took up smoking was in an attempt to deepen her voice. “I sound like an angry Minnie Mouse,” she claimed as the reason.