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Placard for The Globe announcing the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, 28 June 1919

The Globe was a British newspaper which ran from 1803 to 1921. It was founded by Christopher Blackett,[1][2] the coal mining entrepreneur from Wylam Northumberland who commissioned the first commercially useful adhesion steam locomotives in the world.[3] It merged with the Pall Mall Gazette in 1921. Under the ownership of Robert Torrens during the 1820s it supported radical politics, and had a reputation associating it closely with Jeremy Bentham. By the 1840s it was more mainstream, and received briefings from within the Whig administration. In 1871 it was owned by a Tory group headed by George Cubitt, who brought in George Armstrong as editor.[4] It was controlled shortly before World War I by Max Aitken.[5]

Staff of the newspaper included Arthur MorrisonWilliam Le Queux,[6] and P. G. Wodehouse, who took over from William Beach Thomas as assistant to Harold Begbie on the “By the Way” column, which he would eventually take over in 1904, when Begbie left.[7] Wodehouse’s career at the newspaper coincided with those of Charles H. Bovill and Herbert Westbrook.[7] Under Aitken (Beaverbrook) the “By the Way” column was moved to the Daily Express, where it was signed ‘Beachcomber’.

The newspaper is no longer in existence. London-Globe.com is unconnected with the above but draws its inspiration from this great British newspaper and seeks to continue the tradition of great British news journalism.


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