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The Dog Show: 1930

The Dog Show: 1930

UPDATE: The photo now has a caption.

January or February 1930. Thomas David Schall with dog and woman at Columbia microphone.

Circa 1930 Washington, D.C. Not only can Fido sit, stay and speak, he (or she) can also broadcast. Unlabeled Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.

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Dog food commercials

So much more effective coming from actual users.

The man

Has a face for radio.


"spells choc-o-late."

You probably have to be a kid of the 1950s to get it.

[I am, and it actually went "... Nestle makes the very best.... chooooooocolate... Snap!" - tterrace]

Hint for the unknowing: Farfel

Probably not Rinny but a handsome rake nonetheless

Me thinks the ears are too rounded.

Odd Couple

That's Jon Stewart and Anne Meara. And some dog.


and perhaps barking for a Farking.

The Interview

"I heard there was some turbulence on your flight to D.C. this morning. How was it?"


"Who do like for this year's American League MVP?"


Beauty contest?

I know we cannot all be gorgeous and I'm probably being rude, but I think the dog is the most attractive one in the picture.


I'd say the fellow in the middle is the original Rin Tin Tin (1918-1932) in his later years. And it wouldn't be the first time he was on the radio.

Hard to do on radio

Now there's a talent: a radio show starring a dog!

Usually a dog's talent is the type of thing better appreciated by sight, not sound. But since I wasn't around in the 30s, I'm not going judge.

But maybe even then, the world was going to the dogs.

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