ORIGINAL 78 RPM RECORD OF H.M. THE KING’S SPEECH AT THE OPENING OF THE FIVE-POWERS NAVAL CONFERENCE IN LONDON, JANUARY 1930.

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His Master’s Voice. Cat. No. R.B. 3290. Speed 78 RPM. Complete with card slip-cover from Kendal Milne & Co., Deansgate, Manchester. Some creases & fading to slip-cover o/w V.G. Record : FINE. Thick London fog surrounded the Houses of Parliament on the occasion of the opening of the Five-Powers Naval Conference on the 21st January 1930, causing a number of delegates to arrive late. Held in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords, King George V was in attendance to welcome the naval representatives of Great Britain, United States, France, Japan and Italy. They met continuously until late April in an attempt to maintain the policy of naval limitation that had been agreed eight years earlier in Washington. At the 1922 American conference, a limit on battleships over 10,000 tons had been agreed, but restrictions on vessels under 10,000 tons had not ; nor was a solution found at the Geneva Naval Conference in 1927. After complex and secret talks over cruisers, destroyers and submarines, some sort of deal was reached but it was messy and unsatisfactory. A second London conference took place in 1935 but Japan walked out. War was drawing closer. This is the original 1930 record of the King’s speech at the first London Conference.


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