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Frank Owen (1905-1979), Journalist, writer and broadcaster

Sitter in 8 portraits
After spending two years as an MP, he pursued a career in journalism, working for Lord Beaverbrook as editor of the Evening Standard in 1938. He was the first journalist to discover how Hitler's name sold newspapers; in the years of appeasement, he made a feature of rewriting Mein Kampf week after week to sound the alarm and raise sales. During the war, Lord Mountbatten requested his services for SEAC, the paper that served the army in Burma. The two men helped to shape the Burma campaign and Owen was rewarded with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Owen returned to Fleet Street after the war, first as a contributor for the Daily Mail, and later as the paper's editor.

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Frank Owen

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
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Frank Owen

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
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Frank Owen

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
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Frank Owen

by Michael Ward
bromide print, 1970
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Frank Owen

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1941
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Frank Owen

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1941
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Frank Owen

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1941
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Frank Owen

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1941
NPG x24625

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