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July 8, 1945

Sunday, July 08, 1945

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

July 8, 1945 Talk to the People. 1,309th day of the war. Greets audience, "Patience and fortitude." Talks about Major General Terry Allen who returned the other day. Welcomes troops of Timberwolves division who are on furlough and to be re-deployed. Army schedule of arrival of various divisions from the European theater to be broadcast twice a day on your city station. The Pacific theater of war - few can visualize the vast distances without checking out a map. We need to familiarize ourselves with the territory - a good map will be published in today's Sunday Daily News.

Urges news vendors (now on strike) to return to work as ordered by War Labor Board. "Boys, you made a big mistake the other day when you didn't go back to work." What do you have to gain? That is advice from a friend of labor and from your personal friend too. Discharged vets - lawyers - we have jobs for you at the Commission of Investigation.

The meat situation is improving; castigates New York Times for printing story replete with mis-information; NYT takes the side of the high class hotels where you pay 5 or 6 dollars for dinner; the other papers are trying to help the families. "It's the FAMILY that's having trouble Mr. New York Times with food. Not the high priced places you seem to be interested in!!!" Meat situation will improve around July 10. Watch out for quality - the meat will be all good; won't all be AA but why pay more than you should; grass-fed cattle. Poultry; Butter - "Didn't I tell you there was a lot of butter in storage?" Don't throw down your old friend who stood by you when butter was scarce - olio margarine. Not going to be easy to get back to butter. Eggs - to be sold by weight for the protection of the consumer. Cantaloupes.

Brags about improved tax collection under his administration; tells his successor to keep it up. Real estate assessments. 1 to 2 million glass milk bottles (out of 16 million bottles); shortage of bottles there will be a shortage of milk. I won't tell anybody you're using them for something else; just put them out. Talks about the milk strike in 1939; farmers union; reached a settlement. Has money for scholarships to State College of Agriculture at Cornell.

Responds to some letters he received about the price of milk, taxi prices at race track. As far as I'm concerned it's private transaction if it's with the race track. "Listen taxis, don't try to pull that at the railroad stations." Reads message from General Eisenhower dated June 25, 1945 thanking New Yorkers for their hospitality and enthusiasm on a recent visit to the city.

Strike isn't over. Children are waiting to hear the funnies. Reads from Dick Tracy comic. What does this mean? It means that dirty money never brings any luck.

Comic strip readings from July 8 Dick Tracy during newspaper delivermen's strike.



Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 8341
Municipal archives id: LT2540

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About Talk to the People

The famous Sunday afternoon talks by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, “the people’s mayor.”

Mayor La Guardia’s talks have become one of WNYC's iconic broadcastings. In these original radio chats (1942-1945) from his desk at City Hall, he discussed daily food prices, condemned gambling, and admonished wayward schoolboys, politicians, and gangsters alike. Mayor La Guardia also used this address to rally New Yorkers to the war effort and press forward on his agenda, taking breaks to digress on music, the news, and whatever crossed his path during the preceding week. The program won the 1944 Peabody Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station.

These recordings, made during World War II, include the two iconic readings of the comics (only two of three were ever recorded) during the newspaper deliverymen’s strike of July 1945.

The famous Sunday afternoon talks by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, “the people’s mayor.”

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