London in '54
Little is known about this Worldcon bid -- in fact, it was so completely forgotten that in the decades before Australia in '83 lost to Baltimore in '83 it was a truism that an overseas bid never loses.
It appears that London did no advance bidding -- bidding wasn't an established tradition yet -- and relied entirely on activities at Philcon II, where the site for 1954 was decided.
H. J. Campbell represented the bid committee and a "Miss Krone" seconded. Nonetheless, the bid lost.
But London came back in 1956 with a very well-run London in 1957 bid and won.
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