History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

29 February, 2012

On Air

Ah, the days of radio.



Al Jolson being Al Jolson on a CBS radio broadcast, 1943. Source



Comedian Jack Benny plays his violin into the microphone on his radio show, 1944. Source



Bing Crosby does his radio show, avec pipe. Source



President Roosevelt talks about neutrality in a radio broadcast, 1939. Source



Dinah Shore and her dog take part in a radio show, 1942. Source



This one comes just with the caption "Radio". Helpful, eh? Source



Jack Benny and Jascha Heiftetz play in a broadcast for overseas troops, 1942. Source



The first, illegal broadcast of Radio Wales by Plaid Cymru, North Wales, 1959. Source



Mary Maguire being interviewed on the radio in Brisbane, Australia, 1936. Source



Recording a radio play in the Netherlands, 1949. Source



A horse in a Houston radio station, undated. Source



Flo Thompson reads fairy tales to children in a radio station studio, 1942. Source



Roving radio interviews, undated. Source



A radio play recording in Detroit, 1937. Source



Three teenage girls sing into a radio microphone, Augusta, Georgia, 1942. Source



Actress Gertrude Lawrence and her sound effects guy on stage at her radio show, 1943. Source



Larry Raine, a radio singer, undated (40s/50s). Source



Actress and singer Ethel Walters in a broadcast for men overseas, 1942. Source



Harvey Hudson (I don't know which one he is, though!) and another man, Richmond, Virginia, 1949. Source



A conductor leads his orchestra during a Sunday evening radio program, Detriot, 1945. Source



General Douglas MacArthur gives a speech after arriving back in the US, San Francisco, 1951.  Source



Comedian Jack Benny and his wife Mary Livingston perform on his radio show, 1947. Source



A local radio station broadcasts Reverend Hamilton West's sermon on a Sunday in Augusta, Georgia, 1942. Source



Radio comedian Fred Allen parodies some television acts (somehow), 1949. Source



Teenagers at the radio station listening to a show, Boston, 1955. Source



Bull bellowing into the microphone during an interview with a local farmer near Augusta, Georgia,  1942. Source



Three brothers play music for a radio station in Augusta, Georgia, 1942. Source



A fantastic shot of a radio transmitting tower, 1935, by Margaret Bourke-White. Source


28 February, 2012

Swingtime!

A swinging party in New York city, with Benny Goodman and his orchestra! 1937.

Music: 



DRUMS! [drummer Gene Krupka] Source



VIBRAPHONE! Source



BENNY GOODMAN! Source



Dance! Source









DANCE! Source



JAZZ! YEAH! [drummer --- getting into it] Source


27 February, 2012

Teenage Girls of the 1940s

We had a glimpse of teenage boys in the 1940s; don't worry, there were girls too!

St. Louis, Missouri, 1944. By Nina Leen.



Teenage girls in blue jeans drink Coke and hang out. Source



Homework while listening to the radio. Source



The standard outfit for school, a skirt and sweater. Source



The usual after-school outfit, men's jeans and shirt (and cigarette!). Source



A girl getting these clothes from her brother. Source



Man's pajamas and hair rags. Source



Two girls have a sleepover. Source



Teenagers listen to records at the record store. Source



Socializing. Source



Homework on the bed to a stuffed animal audience. Source



A girl reading to the boys she's babysitting. Source



Bed-making. Source






A girl showing off a sweater that is far too tight for polite company. Source



Using nail polish to hold up socks, apparently. Source



Talking on the phone. Source



Still talking. Source



Are you still talking?? Source



Give me the phone! Source



Aghghhh! Phone wars! Source



Cruising with the boys. Source



Of course, even back then teens had to get old, crappy cars. Source



At the movie with a boy. Source

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