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Ports of Call - Pgm 32, Sweden

June 7th, 2008

"Ports of Call" is a little-known syndicated series from 1935-36 that visits a different country each week and dramatizes a few hundred years of the country's history in a half hour. The show was produced by the Philip J. Meany Advertising in Los Angeles and mastered at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.

In program 32 in the series, we pay a visit to Sweden, learning about the origins of its culture of learning, leanings towards neutrality, and child-queens who like to hear canons go "boom". The show is transferred directly from a set of gorgeous blue Columbia Flexite pressings. This episode of the series is in circulation, but copies I've heard suffer from phasing problems caused by a bad tape transfer.

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