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My Dear Mr. President: 1939

My Dear Mr. President: 1939

        Production of the U.S. Department of Interior's radio play My Dear Mr. President, broadcast on Jan. 8, 1939, the subject of which was the Interior Secretary's annual report to the President.

January 1939. "Reception room, office, script writers' room, small and large studios, and sound control room. These actors are members of the cast for My Dear Mr. President, a play based upon the President's budget message presented in January 1939 through the channels of the national hookups." Harris & Ewing Collection 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

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Can't even find out anything about the play on Google. Even filtering out "pink" and adding Interior Department. Would love to have heard that broadcast.

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