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Mrs. New Tunes In: 1924

Mrs. New Tunes In: 1924

January 14, 1924. "Mrs. Harry S. New," wife of the Postmaster General. This might be good fodder for a caption contest. Which commences right now with yours truly as the judge. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Crank It

"Although unsure why she'd ever want 'that extra push over the cliff,' Mrs. New was delighted to know that the dials on her new pride and joy went up to eleven."


Mrs. New is such a fan of Jack Benny that she makes sure to tune in to his show eight years before it goes on the air.

High Infidelity

"We're broadcasting live from the Better 'Ole Nightclub downtown and we've never seen a crowd like this. Everyone who's anyone is here ... why, I've even spotted the Postmaster General dancing the Black Bottom with his beautiful young wife ... or is that his daughter?"

That's what she said

"Get your own darn dinner, can't you see I'm busy?!"

Captain Caption Says:

"Old Mrs. New: Turned On & Tuned In"


"What's the frequency, Kenneth?"


I hear ... ALIENS !!!!!

RCA Victor trademark development

Before the famous RCA Victor "Nipper - His Master's Voice" trademark became successful, RCA's first trademark attempt with "Mrs. New - Her Husband the Postmaster General's voice" failed with the marketing focus groups and was consigned to the dustbin of history.

That's Heavy

"Hello, listeners. Tired of old fashioned radios that weigh so much you need 4 tables just to support them?"

Yeah, I got nothing. jnc took the best one already.

Ms. New

"Asked for an iTouch... and Harry gave me this damned Zune."

New Radio

"Mrs. New is befuddled by her new radio, as evidenced by her placing the set's headphones in her lap."

Harry's Other Wife

"Harry, the man on this thing says that radio will disrupt domestic life, that women will spend all day listening to it and ignore what their husbands are doing, and ... Harry? Harry?"

Another one.

"NOBODY twirls my knobs but ME!"

Stuck on You

"OK, who's the wise guy that put super glue on the radio dials!"


"This thing is going to stop flashing '12:00' if it takes me all night!"

The inaugural Winter Olympics

"Shush, Harry -- I'm trying to hear Sonja Henie skate!"

Mrs. New...

...uses all her powers of concentration to control the third dial telepathically...

Mrs. New

The Postmaster's wife always dials with two hands

(Yeah, yeah, I know, McKenzieK's is *much* better...)

Strange, Strange Music

Ruth told me to be sure to tune in at 8 p.m.

"Never gonna give you up..." '


"First thing tomorrow, this iPhone goes back to the store!"

Snoop Dogg

"I just know that Snoop Dogg concert is here somewhere."

Mrs. N

"I can't wait for TV."

So that's why they called her "Fingers"

"It wasn't until Harry New bought one of them new fangled radios that he discovered his wife, Myrtle, had been a safe cracker before they met."

Mrs New's Caption

Her (Post)master's Voice


I suppose:

"Tune in, Tokyo"

is too obvious, too crass, or both...

[Our first entry! It has fully met my expectations. - Dave]

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