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Broadcast Mews: 1938

Broadcast Mews: 1938

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Patrick Brennan, son of the Minister of Ireland, and Mrs. Brennan." Or something like that. One of a series of photographs depicting children of various diplomats speaking from their homes to a radio audience. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Little Diplomats

Washington Post, Dec 9, 1938.

‘Little Diplomats’ Busy Learning
Christmas Broadcast Speeches

Talks to Be Carried to Their Native Lands
By Short Wave as an Annual Good Will
Gesture to the World from Washington

The junior Diplomatic Corps in Washington, meaning the sons and daughters of foreign representatives here, are busy learning speeches — some are even writing their own — in preparation for the seventh international children's Christmas broadcast Tuesday, December 20.

The speeches, which will convey their greetings to distant nations will be broadcast from the Shoreham. This event is arranged annually by the Greater National Capital committee as a good-will gesture to the world.

And last but not least

That is a lovely kittycat. I had a cat named Pepper who looked very like "Mrs. Brennan."

Robert Patrick Brennan

Robert Patrick Brennan (1927-2002) was the only son of Robert Brennan, Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States from the Irish Free State.


The Twittersphere opines: "Early Andy Richter."

Windsor ... not

Looks like I tied his tie. Fortunately I never had to wear a one that much. Good thing because I couldn't tie a decent knot if my life depended on it.

Fine looking lad, I say.

'Tis a wholesome and bright-eyed Patrick here and a spectacular example of the classic microphone of that era. The cat however looks a bit grungy and not too thrilled. I miss the "radio days" but time marches on. Wonder if this boy is still with us.

Winston Churchill as a Child and his Cat

What a great smile he has! My dad used to have one of those NBC mics in his office, not sure where he got it since he was never in broadcasting. Don't know what ever happened to it.

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