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180-131024 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show

Paul Winchell had polio as a child, and while sick in bed he answered a magazine ad for a ventriloquism kit for a dime.  He built his first dummy in shop class at school, and named it after his shop teacher. 

Winchell appeared on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show, and he won.  So at age 14, Paul Winchell became a professional ventriloquist. 

In later life he did cartoon voices.  He was Walt Disney's Tigger the Tiger.  And he was an inventor - he held a patent for the world's first artificial heart. 

This episode of his radio show aired on July 10, 1944.

Direct download: 180paulwinchell440710-3045.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:18am CDT

135-131024 In the Treasure Corner - Nepotism at the United States Mint

Teddy Roosevelt didn't like Charles Barber.  Teddy thought outside the box.  He wanted to hire a famous sculptor to design our penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar, all in one fell swoop. 

But Charles Edward Barber, the Chief Engraver of the United States, had the call, and he designed all of those (except the penny) himself.  And a lot of people thought he did a pretty poor job of it.

Barber, and his father before him, together occupied the position of Chief Engraver for 48 straight years, so the Barber influence was felt in this country for a LONG time.

The story is here, In the Treasure Corner.

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Direct download: 135barber.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:20pm CDT

179-131021 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - It's a Crime, Mr. Collins

Mandel Kramer was Lt. Tragg on the radio version of Perry Mason, and Richard Denning was Lucille Ball's husband in My Favorite Husband.  Together with Gail Collins, they starred in a short-lived, light-hearted detective series called It's a Crime, Mr. Collins.

The series ran from August 1956 to February 1957, and it was pretty much a copy of The Adventures of the Archers, which was pretty much a copy of Mr. and Mrs. North. 

But those were pretty good shows to copy, and Mandel Kramer did a super job with this program.

Direct download: 179itsacrimemrcollins56xxxxBluetreasure2757.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:25pm CDT

178-131014 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Passing Parade

John Nesbitt's father left him a treasure chest full of old news clippings of strange and wondrous things.  Nesbitt used those clippings to launch a radio show that lasted for 15 years, from 1937 to 1951. 

His programs were similar to what Robert Ripley did on Believe It or Not. 

Nesbitt talked of disasters, disappearances, amazing coincidences, and unexplained phenomena.  He told tales of fanatics, swindlers, andventurers, and treasure hunters. 

He called the show The Passing Parade. 

Here are two episodes from 1949.  The first talks of minor events that caused great events to happen, and the second tells the tale of the airplane that crashed into the Empire State Building.

Direct download: 178passingparade1949twoshows2756.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:33pm CDT

134-131010 In the Treasure Corner - Tax Tokens

Thirty of our states issued Tax Tokens during the depression. 

But by the end of World War II, most of them were gone.  And there are few people alive today who know they ever existed. 

Except for us treasure hunters who dig them up, of course.

They were round with holes in the middle, they were square, they were made of compressed paper, or zinc, or aluminum, or brass or copper.  They came in many sizes and denominations, all of them worth less than a penny.

In this week's episode of In the Treasure Corner, we take a look at State Tax Tokens.

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Direct download: 134taxtokens.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:42pm CDT

177-131007 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Leave It to the Girls

Four women against one man - that was the basic setup of Leave It to the Girls, a Mutual Radio series that aired from 1945 to 1949. 

Listeners sent in their "Dear Abby" type problems, and the celebrity panel offered their solutions. 

The producers of the program expected the show to be serious, but much to their surprise - and delight - the panelists were often quite funny. 

This episode originally aired on December 8, 1945. 

Direct download: 177leaveittothegirls451208-3052.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:08am CDT

176-130930 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Abie's Irish Rose

Abie's Irish Rose opened on Broadway and ran for six and a half years - at the time, the longest Broadway run ever.  (The record was finally broken 40 years later by Hello, Dolly.)

The plot was simple:  A Jewish boy marries a Catholic girl, against their families' wishes. 

Two movie versions were made, and a radio version ran on NBC from 1942 to 1944.  This episode, Abie Buys a New Jersey store, was originally broadcast on January 13, 1943.

Direct download: 176abiesirishrose430113abiebuysanjstore2845.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:50pm CDT