Excerpts from Newspapers
Advertisement, The London Times, September 27, 1919
American’s Tribute to British Valour
With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia
250,000 People have witnessed
1 Bishop has censured
249,999 have enjoyed an Arabian Nights entertainment of 1 and a half hours.
The London Times, November 18, 1919
“The queen, accompanied by Princess Mary, the Duchess of Albany, and the Earl and Countess of Athlone, was present at Lowell Thomas’s illustrated travelogue, “With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia,” at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday afternoon.”
Alder Anderson, The Daily Telegraph, October 2, 1919
“I can conceive of no more invigorating tonic than two hours spent in Covent Garden Theatre any afternoon or evening in the company of Mr. Lowell Thomas. What is modestly described as ‘an illustrated travelogue’ of the British campaigns in Palestine and Arabia is in reality an heroic epic capable of inspiring a dozen modern emulators of Homer or Plutarch. It is a triumphal vindication of the power of moving pictures simultaneously to charm the eye, entertain the spirit, and move to its very depth the soul of the spectator…. It is a trumpet call to every man, woman and even child to remind them of their great inheritance, and that all must do their individual share in handing it on untarnished. Whether it would be feasible or not I am unable to say, but if this illustrated travelogue of Mr. Lowell Thomas could be shown in every big center throughout the country for the next year or two it would do more, I believe, to allay industrial unrest than any measure the most far-sighted and sagacious sociologist could devise. Though it has already been exhibited at Covent Garden over a hundred times, the big theatre continues to be packed twice a day. The whole demeanour of the audience and the rapt attention with which it follows the explanations of the pictures is most impressive. In the circumstances it seems most a national misfortune that this series of wonderful speaking pictures will have to be withdrawn in a few more days…”
The Times of London, January 27, 1920
“The Bishop of Gloucester proved to be the one millionth visitor to Mr. Lowell Thomas’s travelogue “With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia,” at the Queen’s Hall yesterday. The entertainment will be repeated at matinees till next Friday, with a farewell performance that evening, after which Mr. Lowell Thomas will sail for America to full engagements there.”
The Times of London, January 30, 1920
“MR. THOMAS’S ‘TRAVELOGUE.’
AN ANGLO-AMERICAN WREATH.
At Mr. Lowell Thomas’s final appearance with his moving-picture ‘travelogue,’ “With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia,” at the Queen’s Hall this evening, a laurel wreath, with the British and American flags intertwined, will be presented to Mr. Thomas, as a mark of appreciation of his work on behalf of Anglo-American friendship.
The presentation will be made by Lord Charnwood, representing the British Committee and members of the English-Speaking Union, under whose arrangements the ‘travelogue’ was originally presented in London by Mr. Percy Burton.
Mr. Thomas is shortly leaving for a month’s tour with his ‘travelogue’ in the United States, and will return to England to reopen at Liverpool on April 1.”