[Tania Long of the New York Times writes from wartime London on 'queue psychology' in Britain and America.] Typed Letter Signed ('Tania Long Daniell') to Punch editor E. V. Knox, in connection with an article being commissioned from him.

Author: 
Tania Long [Tania Long Daniell] (1913-1998), American journalist and war correspondent [E. V. Knox [Edmund George Valpy Knox] (1881-1971, 'Evoe'), editor of Punch]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the London bureau of the New York Times, Savoy Hotel, London WC2. 24 May 1943.
£450.00
SKU: 21078

Long's obituary in the New York Times, 6 September 1998, describes her as 'war correspondent for The New York Herald Tribune and The New York Times who covered the London blitz and the Nuremburg trials' and 'one of only a few women who were correspondents in World War II'. She had joined the New York Herald Tribune's London bureau in 1941, and subsequently married Raymond Daniell, chief of the New York Times's London bureau, joining that newspaper as a reporter in February 1942. An interesting letter, indicating that the United States adopted the practice of queuing at a surprisingly recent date. 1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'We're delighted to hear that you will write the article on “queues” for us. | Mr. Markel [i.e. Pulitzer Prize winning editor Lester Markel (1894-1977)] has naturally set no time limit by which the piece is wanted, but I know that he is eager to get it as soon as possible, in view of the sudden apparition of long queues on the domestic scene in the United States. Would two weeks suit you?' Markel has requested 'a humerous [sic] article on the general theme of queues', and Long notes that 'There certainly seems to have developed a “queue psychology” in Britain during the past couple of years – a subject full of fascinating possibilities'. She refers to a recent Punch cartoon on the subject. She continues: 'I don't suppose queueing [sic] has gone quite as far in the United States yet, nor are we, as a nation quite as patient or polite about such things. Nevertheless, I'm told that in Washington, particularly, people have to queue up at the station for taxis just as here, and I've seen references to queuing in shops etc.' The final paragraph discusses the editorial arrangements.