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Harry Hershfield

Monday, July 02, 1945

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

Harry Hershfield reads the daily newspaper comic strips by invitation of Mayor La Guardia during the newspaper delivery man strike.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 8644

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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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