selecting a new Pope – 1939

The Worker was a Brisbane newspaper published between 1890 and 1955.  In 1939, the paper reported on the selection of  a new Pope.  For the 2013 conclave (post the retirement of Pope Benedict) an electronic shield has been created to ensure that no mobile phone messages or tweets give away anything about the process.  Seventy-four years ago it was: “telephone wires have been cut and receivers removed” as the transition from Pius XI to Pius XII took place.  One might also guess that today’s accommodation arrangements are a step up from hammocks.