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Eileen Soper. 1905-1990.

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The Children's Hour. c. 1924. Drypoint. Beetles 67. 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 (sheet 11 3/4 x 9 1/3). A fine impression with plate tone printed on cream laid paper. Signed and annotated 'Edition 75' in pencil. $400.

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'The Children's Hour', from a verse by Longfellow, was the name of the BBC's principal recreational service for children (as distinct from "Broadcasts to Schools") which began during the period when radio was the only medium of broadcasting. 'Children's Hour' was broadcast from 1922 to 1964, originally from the BBC's Birmingham station 5IT, soon joined by other regional stations, then in the BBC Regional Programme, before transferring to its final home, the new BBC Home Service, at the outbreak of the second World War. Parts of the programme were also rebroadcast by the BBC World Service. For the last three years of its life (from 17 April 1961 until 27 March 1964), the title 'Children's Hour was' no longer used, the programs in its "time-slot" going out under the umbrella heading of 'For the Young'.

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