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Fred Wile: 1928

Fred Wile: 1928

Washington D.C., circa 1928. "Frederic William Wile, well-known scribe." Newspaperman and radio commentator who in 1916 authored a guide to the German political situation called "Who's Who in Hunland." View full size.

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Fred Wile

Frederic Wile doesn't appear to have been an opportunist in this. I suspect that "Who's Who in Hunland" was a repackaging of his earlier (1914) book "Men Around The Kaiser: The makers of Modern Germany." That he was pro-British isn't of much doubt - in 1915 he wrote "The German-American Plot: The Record of a Great Failure, the Campaign to Capture the Sympathy and Support of the United States" and after the war he would write "Explaining the Britishers: The story of England's mighty effort in liberty's cause as seen by an American." I gather that he was working for the British newspaper the Daily Mail at least at the beginning of the war.

Hey Look, It's Fred!!

I come to this site every day. I love these old photos of people, places and times long past. It's a sort of nice way to end my day. So today I arrive and see, "Fred Wile: 1928", and my brain starts clicking, "I know this name" -- happens to be the grandfather of a very close friend of mine. I never heard him speak of this interesting man, but I did some googling, and sure enough, it is whom I connected to Mr. Wile.

I have reason to believe there's a great story to be made on behalf of this lively journalist, but I fear I'm not qualified.

Thanks Dave for a interesting end to my day.

James in Minnesota

Reminds me of

A heavier Jimmy Durante or a Ray Bolger that didn't dance.


Judging by that smile, it isn't October yet.

[It's also not 1929 yet. - Dave]

Fred has the look

of an extraordinary BS artist.

Have you ever been had in Hunland?

With apologies to Elvis Costello.

I'm guessing Fred was an opportunist, taking advantage of rising anti-German sentiment prior to the discovery of the Zimmermann telegram?

First Impressions

I want to have a few pops with him and pick his brain. I think he's a righteous dude.

He resembles another Fred

Last name Mertz.

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