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Record Number: 10058


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'The steps around Eros statue are filled with an excited crowd, coster's barrows stand around selling fruit, chocolate, etc. Hot chestnuts, roasted potatoes and peanuts are selling fast. It is 1 a.m. and most of the roadway is filled with people who read aloud the slowly spelled news reports on the running electric signboard over the end of Glasshouse Street.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

12 May 1937

Country:

England

Time

n/anight: 1 am

Place:

city: London
specific address: Shaftsbury Avenue

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reading Group:

people gathered near the Eros statue

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Unknown

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Unknown/NA

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a]

Title:

[news running on electric signboard]

Genre:

Politics, Reference / General works

Form of Text:

Print: electric signboard with scrolling text

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID:

10058

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Author:

Humphrey Jennings and Charles Madge, 'May the Twelfth: Mass-Observation Day Surveys' (London, 1937), p. 97, in Mass Observation Online (access to this site is restricted to purchasing institutions, please see http://www.amdigital.co.uk/collections/Mass-Observation-Online for details). http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk,

Citation:

Humphrey Jennings and Charles Madge, 'May the Twelfth: Mass-Observation Day Surveys' (London, 1937), p. 97, in Mass Observation Online (access to this site is restricted to purchasing institutions, please see http://www.amdigital.co.uk/collections/Mass-Observation-Online for details). http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=10058, accessed: 26 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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