Port of Friendship: World Trade Week Opening Ceremonies

Wednesday, May 20, 1953

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

In tribute to world trade, Mayor Impelliteri designated the entire week in celebration of the achievements of friendship, understanding, and service, gained through interchange of the commodities by which nations live (New York World Trade Week). As part of the 300th anniversary of the city.

National Anthem sung by Anita Escondarian.

Speeches touch on economic methods of combating international enemies (freer trade: key to peace and prosperity).

Includes performances by an unidentified band and a play featuring "Father Knickerbocker" and dramatizations of the history of New York, including the reaction Peter Stuyvesant would have to a modern New York City.

"Mr. District Attorney," Jay Josten, talks about civil pride.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68723
Municipal archives id: LT69


Raymond S. Hall, Vincent R. Impellitteri and Jay. Josten


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