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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

The Great Gesticulator: 1924

The Great Gesticulator: 1924

September 1, 1924. "Robert M. La Follette, first radio campaign speech." Republican senator from Wisconsin and Progressive Party presidential candidate "Fighting Bob" La Follette, who died less than a year after this picture was taken. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Network...

...pre-Howard Beale.

"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

Nice tie-tying

Was it ever the fashion to have the back half of a tie longer than the front half, or was Mr. La Follette just a sloppy dresser?

I do like that big shock of hair, though. Gives him a really good mad scientist vibe.

Traveling pants

I'd raising my fist too if my pants were trying to strangle me.

Address to Uneseen Audience

Washington Post Sep 1, 1924

La Follette Will Deliver Labor Address
From Several Radio Stations.

...
Senator La Follette, the independent presidential candidate, also will deliver a Labor day address today, but to an unseen audience. Arrangements have been made to broadcast through a dozen stations as far West as Kansas City, Mo., a Labor day message. He will begin speaking from the studio of a station here at 3:30 p.m. standard time, and a half hour or more will be required for him to complete the reading of a prepared address.

Word has been received at la Follette headquarters here that various local labor organizations in the zone have made "loud speaker" arrangements so that their members will be able to "listen in" on the Wisconsin Senator.
...
"The working people of America have a glorious opportunity this year to redeem government for the masses of the people. Labor day is a fitting day for planning to carry forward this work. It is a fitting day to put into the campaign all of the determination and enthusiasm which our great movement possesses. This is more than a political campaign. It is a crusade on behalf of great principles."

Is that a movie camera?

The square, rather large object slightly off focus, standing in the background, to the right of the picture; is it a movie camera? Or a large-format still camera for a newspaper? Or maybe a loudspeaker?

Did they already use the famous "newsreels" in movie theatres back then, so many years before WWII??

[Newsreels got their start around 1908. Newsreels with sound (Fox Movietone) in 1928. - Dave]

 
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