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The First Royal Christmas Broadcast Microphones from 1932, BBC Broadcasting House, London

The First Royal Christmas Broadcast Microphones from 1932, BBC Broadcasting House, London

The British Christmas Royal Message tradition started in 1932 when King George V sent a short message to the British Empire via radio from Sandringham House in Norfolk. During those early days of radio multiple microphones were sometimes used to fully capture a person’s voice. The three microphones shown here were made for that royal occasion and were placed to the right, front and left of King George V as he read his Christmas message from a table at Sandringham. They are preserved by the BBC and kept in a display case at their Broadcasting House headquarters in Portland Place, London. I took the photo during a guided tour of the building.

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Photo taken @ W on 5 October 2013 (© alexdavidwriter / Flickr)

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