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Harry Hershfield

Tuesday, July 10, 1945

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

6:15PM

Harry Hershfield returns for a second time to read the newspaper comics during the newspaper deliverymen's strike. He reads Dick Tracy, Joe Palooka and Bringing Up Father.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 8638

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About Comic Parade

At the behest of Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, prominent funnymen read newspaper comic strips to the children of New York City.

In July 1945 the newspaper delivery drivers of New York City went on strike for seventeen days. During that time, Mayor La Guardia ordered several well-known New York City entertainers to read the daily comic strips so that the "kiddies" of the City wouldn't miss a moment in the adventures of Little Orphan Annie.  

The comics page gets in touch with its surreal side as each panel is painstakingly explained, from over-sized hoses labeled "Penicillin," to punchline commentary about rascals and the gamely Blondie. With charming asides and endearing efforts to provide appropriate context, this show might make you rethink the way you read comics (that is, silently to yourself).

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