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American Family Robinson - Pgm 47

February 9th, 2017 · Comments

And now another previously lost episode of “American Family Robinson”, a rare continuing propaganda serial, first broadcast in fall 1934, funded by the National Association of Manufacturers to combat FDR’s New Deal policies.  You can read background about this controversial series in my original 2009 post on the show.

In program 47 of the series, Windy Bill has to become “investor” to win Luticia’s hand in marriage.   Luke and his wife try to caution Luticia about her two suitors.  To compete with Windy Bill, Gus decides to become an investor, too, and goes to Luke for help.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch World Broadcasting System, Inc. vertical cut acetate, transcription, matrix number 8844-1.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 46

February 2nd, 2017 · Comments

Some time ago, I posted several episodes of this rare continuing propaganda serial, funded by the National Association of Manufacturers to combat Roosevelt’s New Deal policies.  The show, first distributed in Fall 1934, was announced as being from the “National Industrial Council”, an arm of NAM set up to distribute leaflets, films and other materials bashing the New Deal.  You can read about the controversy surrounding the series in my original 2009 post on the show.

Since obtaining a significant run of the show, which was previously lost, I’ve turned up a few scattered episodes.  Some fill in a few missing pieces in the current run of the program; others are later episodes past what we had before.

In this post, the previously lost episode 46 of the series, Gus forces Windy Bill to give Luticia Timmons an ultimatum to choose between them.  Luke and his wife discuss all the new “cure alls” that are supposed to solve are economic problems that “bring new burdens”.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch World Broadcasting System, Inc. vertical cut acetate, transcription, matrix number SS 8843-33.

More lost “American Family Robinson” episodes are coming soon.

 

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American Family Robinson - New Series - Pgm 55

May 27th, 2010 · Comments

We sit in again this week on the Robinsons in Birch Falls in this week's episode of "American Family Robinson", a propaganda serial produced by the National Association of Manufacturers to combat liberal anti-business government policies.

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In last week's show, Luke and his friend the Baron went away for a little fishing vacation and had folks thinking they were delivery men for the Emporium that Luke manages.  Now, they're headed to jail for violating a law for covering up the name of the company on their truck.

Program 55 was released the week of July 28, 1940.  It was transferred from an original Orthacoustic vinyl transcription pressed by RCA, matrix number 051764-1A.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 85

April 19th, 2010 · Comments

With this week's blog post, we come to the end of our weekly look at "American Family Robinson", a series syndicated in the 1930s by the National Industrial Council (actually the National Association of Manufacturers) as a propaganda effort against liberal New Deal policies.

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In program 85, Gus is dealing with the many people that want to separate him from his new-found inheritance.  The show was digitized from an original acetate World Broadcasters Inc transcription, matrix number BB11487A2.

I'll give you a bit of a break next week from the Robinsons, but they'll be returning soon in a few episodes I have of a so-called "New Series" of "American Family Robinson" that was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers just before World War II.  These are a bit lighter on the propaganda and some are quite well written little dramas as the family deals with how preparing for the War impacts their lives.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 84

April 12th, 2010 · Comments

We're up to our last two episodes of "American Family Robinson", a dramatic serial distributed in the 1930s by the National Industrial Council (really the National Association of Manufacturers) to combat Roosevelt's liberal New Deal policies.

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In program 84, we skip ahead a bit in the storyline about the inheritance.  It appears that Dick Collins is in jail and isn't the heir after all - it's Gus Olson instead!  The show was digitized from an original World Broadcasters Inc acetate transcription, matrix number BB11486A2.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 71

April 3rd, 2010 · Comments

There's only three more episodes left in our run of "American Family Robinson", syndicated in the 1930s by the National Association of Manufacturers.

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The storyline around Dick's possible inheritance continues with Dick running off to claim the fortune without telling his wife.  Betty, surprised at her husband's behavior, frets about Dick's absence with her mother.

Our mp3 was digitized from an original World Broadcasting Inc acetate transcription, matrix number SS 9758-3.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 70

March 27th, 2010 · Comments

Only a few episodes left in our run of episodes of "American Family Robinson", a series syndicated in the 1930s by the National Association of Manufacturers to combat FDR's "socialist" New Deal policies.  As we mentioned earlier, the series created quite a bit of controversy ,since the program was distributed under a pseudonym, and was topic of conversation at a Congressional inquiry about misleading political broadcasts by American business.

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In program 70, the storyline around Dick's possible inheritance of a large estate continues.  Dick is so distracted that he messes up a piece on Dave Markham's proposal for a new pension plan.

Our show originated on a World Broadcasting System Inc acetate transcription, matrix number SS 9757-3.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 69

March 21st, 2010 · Comments

We continue our weekly visit with the "American Family Robinson", a syndicated program from the Depression era brought to us courtesy of the National Association of Manufacturers (credited in the show as the "National Industrial Council").

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Program 69 picks up the story with Windy Bill, hoping to get money for his political campaign, convincing Dick Collins to answer an ad looking for an heir to a Collins fortune.

The show was transferred from an original World Broadcasters acetate transcription, matrix number 9700-3.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 68

March 12th, 2010 · Comments

We continue our weekly look at "American Family Robinson", syndicated in the 1930s by the National Industrial Council (aka the National Association of Manufacturers) to combat liberal government policies that they saw harming businesses.

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Program 68 in the series has Windy Bill trying to convince Dick to support him as he runs for mayor in the "Sociological Economical Reform and Golden Reincarnatist Party".  The show was transferred from an original World Broadcasting Inc acetate transcription, matrix number 9701-3.

I have about five shows left in the "American Family Robinson" series that will be going up on the blog in the next few weeks, then we'll hear a new War-themed "Family Robinson" series that dates from 1941.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 63

March 2nd, 2010 · Comments

We continue our run of the early 1930s serial "American Family Robinson", syndicated to about 300 stations by the National Industrial Council (aka the National Association of Manufacturers) as a propaganda effort against liberal New Deal policies.

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Program 63, focuses on Betty, Dick and Windy Bill as they arrive home after their meeting with Mr. Markham.  Windy takes the credit for convincing Mr. Markham to support the paper, of course, as they tell Mrs. Robinson the good news.

The show was transferred from an original World Broadcasting Inc acetate transcription, matrix number 9434-4.

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