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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Murder on the Radio: 1943

Murder on the Radio: 1943

January 1943. Washington, D.C. "Listening to a murder mystery on the radio in a boardinghouse." This is one of the photos in the new Ken Burns documentary "The War," with the narrator talking about people listening to war news. Photo by Esther Bubley. View full size. Two other photos used in "The War" are here and here, even though the latter picture was taken in 1936, three years before WWII began, and is in Tennessee, not Alabama, as implied by the voiceover.

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What on hell were "dabs"?

The radio seems to be a Philco model 42-321T.

Does anybody know what is that kind of dispenser mounted on the wall? I couldn't find out any reference to "dabs" brand related to this item on the Internet.

Murder on the radio

I am having a wonderful time looking at all these photos on this amazing site, some of which I have only seen in much smaller versions online. For those of you who would like to listen to these murder mysteries and hundreds of other old radio programs, check out this site:

Another Ken Burns pic

This August 1942 photo of Ella Watson and two of her grandchildren, taken by Gordon Parks, is also shown in "The War," with the narrator talking about how people were anxious for some good news from the fighting front. Library of Congress caption: "Mrs. Ella Watson, who has been a government charwoman for twenty-six years, with three of the five children she supports on her salary of one thousand eighty dollars per year."

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