6:15 - Croft's Kiddies.

Thursday, December 03, 1931

Program hosted by Roland Weber called “Croft’s Juveniles”, also known as “Croft’s Kiddies.”, under the direction of Minnie Croft.

Young Betty Hagan with part of a radio play, "At the Butcher's" oddly remarking on high food prices.

Weber describes nine-year-old Eleanor Packard: “Eleanor has a springy dress on…dressed in pink organdy with long brown hair fluffed around her ears, and she’s going to sing about the lilac trees.” Eleanor sings.

Another nine-year-old, Constance Hagan, “with gay eyes and a… sweet smile” recites a poem about being “the middle child.”

Edwin Melvin, “very much the man in his golf suit” performs “I’ve Got Rings on My Fingers” with Mrs. Minnie Croft accompanying on the piano

Now Jim O'Shea was cast away
Upon an Indian Isle
The natives there they liked his hair
They liked his Irish smile
So made him chief Panjandrum
The Nabob of them all
They called him Jij-ji-boo Jhai
And rigged him out so gay
So he wrote to Dublin Bay
To his sweetheart, just to say

Sure, I've got rings on my fingers..." (Incomplete)

Sylvia Polanski reciting “Jim’s Woman”, also incomplete. Weber predicts that Polanski will be a “great actress.”

WNYC archives id: 73692

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Roland Weber


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About Miscellaneous

Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

Buried in this show you will find all sorts of treasures, from the 1937 dedication of the WNYC Greenpoint transmitter to the 1939 lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and the 1964 reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

This collection includes some unique “slice-of-life” productions that provide a telling portrait of America from the 1940s through the 1950s, such as public service announcements regarding everything from water conservation to traffic safety and juvenile delinquency and radio dramas such as "The Trouble Makers" and "Hate, Incorporated."



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