Reality Radio : Broadway Evening 7-25-36

It is amazing that we can hear the sounds of New York City during the summer of 1936 seventy-six years later. 

This is reality radio long before the reality shows of today were even dreamed of. You can hear conversations between the people on the sidewalks in the Broadway area. 

You can hear the sounds of sirens and honking horns, not to mention the many other sounds heard in the Broadway Evening old time radio program, which was an episode of the Columbia Workshop in the summer of 1936.

A lady can be heard ordering two fried eggs and bacon and the clerk repeats order to cook saying two eggs over and bacon well. 

You can hear other orders being made. It almost makes you feel like you are there. The noise is a little chaotic with all the orders being made.

Later, you can hear someone tell about seats being available in the balcony for a play. Then you can hear the actors speaking their parts in the play.

Some might be bored with this kind of program but to me it is reality radio, which takes us back to a better time.

The show can be heard by going to Broadway Evening the second show on list of Columbia Workshop shows:


Changes in My Lifetime: Things That Are Out of Style Now

Drive-in Movie theatre located next to a railroad track.
My home state of Louisiana has no drive-in theatres, left in existence the last time I checked. I can remember when we had the Fox Drive-in , Joy Twin Drive-in, Showtown Drive-in and Kings Drive-in located in Alexandria and Kingsville.
There are probably some others that were thriving at one time in the Cenla area.
I will never forget the speakers by the side of the car that let us listen to what the actors were saying on the screen. I remember stories of kids hiding in the trunks of cars to avoid paying to see the movies. 
Five years ago we went to a drive-in theatre in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. We saw a cartoon that night, so wasn’t too memorable, except for turning back the clock that one night, going back in time, even though the new technology let us hear the movie over the radio, if turned to a certain frequency. 
Eight track players came and left before I ever owned one.
Think most of us owned a record player before we owned a television since it
was only form of home entertainment before the radio and television in most homes.
I can still remember my dad wearing hats like these in the 50’s and
it used to be common for men to wear hats like these to baseball games.
A typical soda fountain back in the day.
There was something special about a trip to a soda fountain. Whether you bought an ice cream cone, a banana split, a root beer float, a milk shake or a sundae, it just tasted better coming from a soda fountain. I still have not found a cherry coke with the taste of a soda fountain cherry Coke.
Who can ever forget those 15 cent hamburgers at McDonalds when you could get a combo for less than a dollar. Those days are gone forever, but the memories of those days lingers on about 50 years later.
I-49, Alexandria, Louisiana
The Paramount Theater in downtown Alexandria where I watched No Time For Sergeants three times in a row without having to pay for the second and third showings.
 I can still remember kids delivering newspapers on their bikes. I also remember them selling papers on the street corners downtown. The demise of the afternoon newspaper ended for the most part the delivery of newspapers by kids as the grown-ups began to deliver papers in their cars and trucks, very early in the morning. The Alexandria Town Talk carriers would start their deliveries about 1 AM in the morning, but the last papers might not be delivered to 6 or 7 in the morning.
I know next to nothing about cigars, but am almost certain that there are no five cent cigars being sold in 2011.
The five cent cigars in the photo were apparently being sold during the 1968 presidential campaign by Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.
That campaign was 43 years ago, but it still may have been near the end of a time when cigars were being sold for five cents.
When was the last time you told a gas station attendant to “filler up”? There may be some full service gas stations still around, but they are getting harder to find all the time. The full service gasoline stations would fill your tank, wipe your windshield, check your tires and give or sell you a map, so you would know how to get to your destination. You used to get glasses or some other item when you bought gas. All you get now is high prices for gas we used to pay about 50 cents for.
I can remember selling books of 20 five cent stamps  for a dollar in the Army post office in Hawaii and Vietnam. The five cent price went into effect in January of 1963 and didn’t increase to six cents until 1968. So the five cent price stayed the same during my entire time working in the Army post office.
The penny postcard had risen to four cents by 1963. 
Today the five cent stamp of 1963 has risen to 44 cents and the $1 book of stamps is now $8.80. The penny postcard has risen to 29 cents. 

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