George Binney Dibblee

Father: Frederick Lewis Dibblee (1837-1888)
Mother: Emily Binney (1837-1899)

Dates: 1868-1952

Married: 1904 - Laura Sterling Thomson (?-1951)

Children: Christopher (1904-1905) - died young
Virginia - married Captain Raymond Johnes
Cicely - married Jack Marks
Priscilla - maried ? Stevens

George Binney Dibblee was born in Trichinopoly. He was usually known as Binney. He collected the papers and photos that make up much of this website. He was business manager of the Manchester Guardian, and wrote the following books:

  • The Laws of Supply and Demand, with Special Reference to Their Influence on Over Production and Unemployment (1912)
  • The Newspaper (1915)
  • The Psychological Theory of Value (1924)
  • Instinct and Intuition. A Study in Mental Duality (1929)
George Binney Dibblee
Family photo
Obituary of George Binney Dibblee

According to various censuses:
In 1889, aged 12, George Binney was described as a scholar, a boarder at 12 & 13 Chesham Place, Brighton, Sussex.
In 1901, aged 32, he was in Didsbury, Chorlton, Lancashire, with his siblings Bessie and Tom as part of his household. Their mother had died in 1899.
In 1911, aged 42, he was in Guildford, Surrey.

While in France (see left), George Binney Dibblee and his wife met James Joyce (the writer) in France. Apparently, Geoerge Binney Dibblee got on well with James Joyce, but his wife didn't really like Joyce's wife!

From Review of 'Visions of the Press in Britain, 18501950'
Of these, one of the most interesting is George Binney Dibblee, journalist, business manager of the Manchester Guardian, and subsequently an academic. Dibblee is presented as a member of the educational school because he believed in the value of opinion. He considered that the press had lost its golden age during the Boer War, after which virtually all the quality papers were politically Conservative, leading to distortion of the truth. But Dibblee had been a man of business and therefore accepted the facts of journalism in practice. So he placed news first in his list of priorities, followed by opinion and then advertising. He also, unlike the traditional educational thinker, did not see facts as the raw material of opinion, but as a kind of opinion in themselves. In this he was unusual for that time, but not unique.

Encyclopedia article about The Newspaper by George Binney Dibblee.