31 December 2011

Churchill in Ottawa

Churchill in Ottawa, 31 Dec 1941
A postscript to the post yesterday on Winston Churchill's "Some chicken. Some neck!" speech. BIFHSGO friend Anne Sterling sent this photo of Churchill taken by her father Thomas Story Sterling.

The hat is distinctive.

According to the Montreal Gazette of 1 Jan 1942, which also has a picture of Churchill in the same hat, it was sealskin and presented to him on 31 December, the day after his speech, by the Parliamentary Press Gallery during a press conference at Rideau Hall. He was reported to have appreciated it as he had noticed the cold, the temperature that morning was 5F, -15C.

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