Dave Elman's Auction Gallery

Monday, January 01, 1945

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

Radio auction show hosted by Dave Elman. Show combined studio audience auction and extended the auction to listening audience.

Auctioned items include:

- Diamond Jim Brady's custom upright piano. After a visit to India Diamond Jim commissioned a specially carved teak wood case for a Steinway piano, which included miniature carvings he bought in India. The piano was exhibited at the 1939 World's Fair. Helen Jepson performs a song accompanied by this piano.

- Joe Rosenthal tells the story of taking the iconic photo of the flag raising at Iwo Jima before he presents two cameras (one stereoscopic) and Brady photographs for auction. The cameras belonged to Mathew Brady, Civil War photographer.

- Annotation and drawing by Mark Twain.

- Bloody calico robe of George Washington, including provenance.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69094
Municipal archives id: LT310

Hosted by:

Dave Elman


Helen Jepson and Joe Rosenthal


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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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