Inktober #10-12 – The Birth of the WI, TV and the King

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So I’m a bit behind on posting these to the site so here’s an Inktober splurge! Here we go… it’s 100 yrs since the first appearance of the Women’s Institute in the UK. Known for the their volunteer activities, baking and ‘Jam & Jerusalem’ events (hence the picture), they were promoted during World War One as a way to encourage Women to take part in food production (, a theme that would later be intensified by the creation of the Women’s Land Army. To this day they are one of the biggest Women only organisations in the world running a wide range of charity and social events as well as volunteer programmes. 

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It’s also 90 yrs since John Logie Baird transmitted his first public television broadcast. It involved the transmission of a pair of puppets (called James and Stooky Bill), chosen because their painted faces had a much greater contrast than that of real humans and were more easily pick up by Baird’s early devices. Funnily, 90 yrs later some still prefer artificial creations to real people (whether CGI or puppets). I wonder what James and Stooky Bill would have made of Kermit the Frog and Ms. Piggy?

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Finally, it’s 80 yrs since the birth of the King, better known as Elvis Presley (ahhaha). Despite all that went on in his life, one thing that never seemed to change for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was his baby face. He died aged 42 although there are some people who still believe he’s around. He rounds off a nice bit of cultural history there. Because let’s be honest, where would the modern world be without Independent Women, TV and Rock ‘n’ Roll?

Phil 

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