Furs Enrich the World

Friday, October 10, 1952

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

Reporters lead in to historical re-creation of the story of the New York flag and the Dutch fur trade, from the point of view of Catalina Trico.

Historical New York Times lists the broadcast date as Thursday, 10/09/1952, at 6:30pm. Described within the episode as the second installment.

Includes supplementary message from L. Porter Moore, Executive Director of the Downtown Manhattan Association, about the goals of the series and its curiculum.

Martha Behren - Madame Trico
Lloyd Moss - Milt
Alan Feinstein - Jim
Alfred Israel - Governor
Joy Selikson - the Mother
Marvin Laskowitz - Sound and Music
Helen Milstead - Production Assistant
Kenneth H. Dunshee - Writer
L. Porter Moore - Series Consultant

Presented under the auspices of the Greater New York Civic Center Committee of the Downtown Manhattan Association, the Department of Commerce of the City of New York, and the New York Journal American, and is produced by the Municipal Broadcasting System. Heard three times weekly on the New York City Board of Education Station WNYE-FM. Rebroadcast in the City's classrooms.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68882
Municipal archives id: LT255


Martha Behren, Kenneth Holcomb Dunshee, Alan Feinstein, Alfred Israel, Lloyd Moss and Joy Selikson


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About New York Queen of Commerce

Sponsored by the Department of Commerce and New York, this program recasts economic history as an engaging, fun topic.

Described by the host as "a new series of transcribed historic educational dramas" (1952-53), these shows reenact moments in New York's history of commerce with flair.  

Did you know, for example, that lower-class citizens in Europe were forbidden to wear furs until the beaver fur boom in New York increased inventories the world over? Or that New York's first Chamber of Commerce was founded at the Queenshead Tavern in 1768, making it the nation's oldest and a key player in the Revolutionary War?

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