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The Voice of Industry - Pgm 2

January 10th, 2011

Here's a series that's previously lost or, at least, not very common among otr collectors.  "The Voice of Industry" is a mid to late 30s program syndicated by Consumers Information, an organization formed by Women's Home Companion, American Magazine, Colliers, and Country Home Magazine.  The series designed to inform the public about various aspects of the scientific progress behind products consumers see everyday.

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Program 2 of the series is "The Story of Canning".  Actor Basil Ruysdael narrates the story of the invention of canning food and how it grew into a worldwide industry.  The style is reminiscent of "The March of Time" or the many industrial films of the period.

The show was transferred from an original RCA Victrolac gold label single-sided transcription, matrix number MS 041027.

My thanks to the Old Time Radio Researchers Group for their donation of this disc to my collection.


  • ykw

    Any chance to hear Basil Ruysdael’s mellifluous tones not trying to induce me to get cancer is OK by me!

    Jan 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm
  • Jimbohttp

    I like this program from what I hear. Thanks for posting it.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm
  • Michael Biel

    This matrix number is in an area that seems to be used in August 1939, probably a week or so before a Glenn Miller recording session in NYC on August 18. However it could be in a block that had been set aside and used in a different time frame. This is why it is so important to include matrix numbers in program details because the ones that have known recording dates help date those with nearby numbers but unknown dates.

    Jan 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm