May 17, 1942

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MayorFiorello LaGuardia of New York checks over pin balls and other metal turned over by the police department on Feb. 21, 1942, are from confiscated machines.

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

I Am An American Day gathering today in Central Park. We are at war. Dim-out regulations for buildings and signs and outdoor lighting. NYC is cooperating otherwise, just let me know.

It would be amusing if it wasn't so starling. The police cleaned up the pinball racket. Would you believe it, since that cleanup, a new crop of those machines have appeared on the scene. We will continue to pick them up. Sites specific machines they have performed autopsy's on. Steel, brass, and aluminum in the machines and not going to the war effort but in gambling machines. Only a few days ago, NYC was denied that ability to buy brass buttons for police uniforms. Almost unbelievable. They're trying to get kids to play the machines. Have a return of 90 cents an hour! Larceny. All citizens must cooperate in eliminating this gambling.

Mayor La Guardia then goes on to talk about helmets and machine guns firing at planes above the city. What goes up must come down. Air wardens and police must be protected with helmets. We were promised helmets by the Federal Government. We ordered 22,000. 3,000 have been delivered. But we can't get them. Order limits us to give them to the police only. Asks Feds to let him give helmets to air raid wardens. Cuts off. Incomplete.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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