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Aladdin Lamp - Pgm 20

January 17th, 2011

Here's a curious little five minute series I recently transferred from a set of discs contributed to my collection from the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

"Aladdin Lamp" was a syndicated show sponsored by the Mantle Lamp Company of America in Chicago and was produced by William Hart Adler, Inc.  Featuring Smilin' Ed McConnell, the format is simple - Ed does two songs, an "oldie" from the past and a hymn, and gives us a few words about the wonderful Mantle lamps and shades you'll find at your local store.

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I'm not going to post the whole series on the blog, but wanted to give you a taste of the show, which will eventually be released by OTRR.  Program 20 has "I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody, Honey, Like I'm Lovin' You" as the first tune and some curious patter with Ed referring to his wife in the control booth talking to the show's engineer or producer.

The show was transferred direct from an original  vinyl NBC Orthacoustic transcription pressed by RCA, matrix number HD7-MM-11312-1.  There's a total of 36 shows on the discs in my collection.

There's a group of enthusiastic collectors of Alladin Lamps and memorabilia - they have an extensive page online about the history of the company and collecting activities.  They've got a brief excerpt of one of the shows, but it sounds like it's transferred off-speed.

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