John Frost. Newspaper collector: Part 2. Headlines we never forget!

THE UNSINKABLE TITANIC SINKS ON FIRST VOYAGE. THE TRAGEDY MADE HEADLINES ALL OVER THE WORLD. Below: THE MAN THE NAZIS MOST HATE, WINSTON CHURCHILL, INSPECTING A BOMBED LONDON AREA AND CHECKING ON THE DAMAGE.

HIS ORGANISATION COLLECTS EVENTS WHICH WILL BECOME HISTORY. NEWSPAPERS RECORD EVERYTHING. FROM THE DAY A COMEDIAN WAS ACCUSED OF EATING A HAMSTER TO THE CORONATIONS AND DEATHS OF KINGS AND QUEENS.

ELAINE WILLIAM       Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

In the leafy northern suburbs of London is a modest semi-detached dwelling which houses Britain’s only historical newspaper loan service.

It controls one of the most remarkable collection of newspapers in the world, over 60,000 British and overseas newspapers and periodicals plus more than 100,000 press cuttings of events dating from 1640.

The newspapers cover the death and coronation of every British monarch since 1751 and the election of every American president since 1832.

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JOHN, HOLD THE FRONT PAGE …
LINDA MOONEY, UK, REPORTS: FROST REMEMBERED THE CRASH OF THE R101 AIRSHIP. IT WAS ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE TO INDIA AND CRASHED WITH THE LOSS OF 48 LIVES, INCLUDING THAT OF THE AIR MINISTER. MY MOTHER GAVE ME A PENNY. A FEW MOMENTS LATER I WAS BACK FOR A SUNDAY EXPRESS, WHICH COST 2d. FROM THAT DAY, I WAS HOOKED ON NEWSPAPERS THAT COVERED A MAJOR CRITICAL EVENT. CONTINUED.
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There are thousands of papers which covered the Second World War, and reports of other major conflicts – American Civil War, Boer War, Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and Middle East Wars.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Major disasters like the Titanic sinking in 1912 and the Waco cult siege of 1993 are represented, together with a rare colour newspaper of 1909.

This rarity contains news of French aviator Bleriot’s historical flight over the English Channel.

Frost collects not only British national papers but also local papers that can give a different appeal; oftentimes, it’s a more personal viewpoint on worldwide events.

“We like to get the newspapers from where it happened”, he once said.

In l969, major American newspapers had the day that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The Daily Express and the majors carry the story, and other newspapers from Armstrong’s home town.

What started as a hobby for Frost, is now gradually being taken over as a “proper” business by his son Andrew. As a child, Frost was fascinated by headlines.

As a ten-years-old kid, his first newspaper covered the crash of the R101 airship in 1930. This crash led to the UK abandoning the development of airships for decades.

<< Adapted from an article Headlines we never forget! Elaine William, 1994. Frank Morris some extra words. John Frost died in 20??.

Next: Final. Headlines you never forget!

JOHN’S PILE. AMONG THESE IS THE PRIDE OF THE COLLECTION. IN THE RIGHT-HAND CORNER IS A COPY OF THE LUBECKER ZEITUNG WHICH REPORTED HITLER’S SUICIDE A SHORT TIME AFTER IT HAPPENED.

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JOHN, HOLD THE FRONT PAGE …
LINDA MOONEY, UK, REPORTS: IN HOLLAND AND BELGIUM, WHEN HIS DIVISON CAPTURED LUBECK JUST TWO DAYS AFTER HITLER’S SUICIDE, JOHN MANAGED TO BAG THE BLACK-BOARDED, ONE-PAGE EDITION OF THE LUBECKEN ZEITUNG. THE PAPER REPORTED THE DEATH OF THE FUHRER.  JOHN SAID IT WAS THE “PRIDE” OF HIS COLLECTION.


THE POKIES: My father is a gambler. What’s the next step?

WARNING: NEARLY NINETY PER CENT OF AUSTRALIANS PLAYED THE POKER MACHINES OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS. MANY OF THEM ARE SERIOUS GAMBLERS. Below: THE CASH YOU LOST ON THE POKER MACHINES WAS A SECRET UNTIL YOUR PARTNER FOUND OUT.

THERE’S AN ADAGE ABOUT THE POKIES: THE MORE YOU SPEND, THE MORE YOU LOSE. YOU CAN’T WIN! YOU CAN’T WIN!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Ms X is concerned that her recently widowed father is spending his time and money playing the pokies which, one day, “will be the ruin of him,”

“My mum and dad were always close,”.  “They did everything together. Sadly, she passed away quite  suddenly six months ago.”

Ms X continues: “For awhile I thought my dad was coping pretty well, still getting out and keeping quite busy. He lives about an hour away.

“Recently, when I visited, he’d been out and I let myself in and waited for him to return. Just last week I noticed there was a pile of red bills stuffed at the back of a drawer. When I asked him he became defensive, angry and quite hurtful.

“He said I know nothing about what he is going through. Later, I called one his friends; he told me dad was spending hours on end at the local club playing the poker machines.

I'm very concerned about his gambling habit.  But after his uncharacteristic outburst, I don't know what to say to him.  Can you advise me where I should start?

The Carers Aid said many people spend a few dollars on the pokies - and that's harmless.

As it appears your father's joining the 160,000-200,000 other Australians who have become addicted to the promise of a big win.

But, quite simply, you lose more than you win. Sadly, no one can rein him in. The back-log of bills worries him. What started out as fun with the pokies has gone too far.


AUSSIE OLD TIME FILM STARS: Let’s peek into the larder and see what we’ll find!

FRANK MORRIS

BEATRICE EINSIEDEL WAS A VERY SPRIGHTLY 80-YEAR-OLD WHEN SHE WAS INTERVIEWED BY AUTHOR ERIC READE IN THE SEVENTIES. SHE USED THE NAME OF BEATRICE DAY. SHE REMEMBERED PORTRAYING NERO’S WIFE IN THE FILM, SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS. THE FILM WAS MADE IN 19OO, CLAIMING TO BE THE WORLD’S FIRST FULL-LENGTH FILM. MOST THE FILM WAS SHOT ON THE TENNIS COURT, NEAR A SALVATION ARMY HOME FOR GIRLS, AT MURRUMBEENA, MELBOURNE, CLOSE TO WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS CHADSTONE SHOPPING CENTRE. THE FILM WAS DIRECTED BY JOSEPH PERRY WHO WAS DE MILLE BEFORE HIS TIME. THE FILM PORTRAYS THE CHRISTIANS BEING PELTED WITH ROCKS AND STONES AND JUMPING OFF A HIGH PIT INTO BURNING LIME. A POWERFUL POINT IN THE DRAMA IS WHEN OTHER MARTYRS WERE THROWN TO THE LIONS AND THE BURNING OF POLYCARP -- A CHRISTIAN BISHOP -- AT THE STAKE.

<< Background from Eric Reade The Australian Screen.


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