An article in the Daily Herald in which Mr J Dixon Taylor recalled Reggie’s appearance at the Lord Mayor’s Procession of 1931 when he inadvertently scared some elephants (see King’s Alumni Official History of Reggie the Lion), led to one of Reggie’s many outings. The show organiser mistakenly referred to Reggie as a ‘toy tiger’ and greatly offended King’s students of the time. On the 27 October 1938 the engineering and medical students gathered a large crowd, headed by Reggie, and marched on the Daily Herald’s office. The crowd was reportedly greeted by the paper’s editor, who promised that the complaint would be passed on to the gentleman responsible for the insult. Following the incident the students wrote that ‘Reggie is once more on his perch, once again his tail wags with all its old ferocity, yet once more he has risen triumphant overcoming all his foes!’
This outing was recorded in the scrapbooks of David Leete which are held at King’s College London Archives.
Last week a member of the Faculty of Natural and
Mathematical Sciences brought in a very large, old, framed photograph which had
been hanging in the Physics Department for many years. Sadly, no one in the Department knew who it
was of but they felt it might be of interest to us here in the Archives.
My difficultly was trying to identify the young man in the
portrait. Judging by his clothes, his
moustache and his hairstyle, I estimated that the picture was probably taken
around 1900-1910. It was a large
photograph in a very fancy frame so he must have been important. So, who was he?
Well, I believe it is an early photograph of Charles Glover
Barkla who was appointed to the Chair of Physics in 1909. He remained at King’s for four years during
which time he published extensively on his research into x-rays. Barkla then
moved to Edinburgh and in 1917 he was awarded a Nobel Prize for this work.
Here is a later photograph of Barkla for comparison:
[By George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]
Am I right, have we found a photograph of
Charles Barkla in his 20s?
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