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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sepia Saturday




I did have a feeling that we had once had a picture of a boxer as a Sepia Saturday theme, but after a quick check through the list produced by Kristin Cleage and Marilyn Brindley (and available via our wonderful Facebook Group) I must be mistaken. However, the boxer we have for Sepia Saturday 166 (post your posts on or around Saturday 2 March 2013) is of a different kind altogether because she is a worker in a factory making paper boxes. The photograph is by Lewis W Hine and comes from the George Eastman House Photography Collection which is available via Flickr Commons. Far be it from me to suggest theme interpretations to all the Sepians out there, but boxes, paper, workers, machines and dangerously long skirts spring to my mind. All you have to do is to select an old photograph or two and say a few things about them and if you can tie it in with your interpretation of the theme image, well that is a bonus. Post your posts, link it to the list below and then pop in and visit as many other Sepians as you can manage. Easy peasy!
Alan Burnett


I could not come up with a suitable subject earlier but thinking about some advice I got in a comment on an earlier blog about the death of the last living member of my mother's family, and my guilty feelings about not going to the funeral, someone suggested I concentrate on happy times.

I heard , on the television in the distance as I was going about my morning routine the name, Mr. Keen.

I said out loud
"Mr. Keen," and HH finished with "...tracer of lost persons."

Light bulb 

I immediately came to my computer and blogged the following.
Courtesy of Wikipedia 



Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons was one of radio's longest running shows, airing (October 12, 1937 to April 19, 1955), continuing well into the television era. It was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert. The sponsors included Whitehall Pharmacal (as in Anacin, Kolynos Toothpaste, BiSoDol antacid mints, Hill's cold tablets and Heet liniment), Dentyne, Aerowax, RCA Victor and Chesterfield cigarettes. It aired on the NBC Blue network until 1947, when it switched to CBS.[1]



Bennett Kilpack and Ann Thomas in an episode of Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost persons.

So I am using the theme long skirts.

Folks doing radio could wear anything they wanted and some even probably came with their P.J.s on.
I have a feeling this actress just skooted back and forth with acting jobs probably in the same studio.
 
Bennett Kilpack was the third of seven (four boys, three girls) born to William Gilbert Kilpack, a clergyman, and Maria Theresia Hennequin. Kilpack claims lineal descent from the poet, Alfred Tennyson.[11] He attended school at Sutton, England, St. John's College, Finsbury Technical College[12] and the London Oratory School.[13] He immigrated to Canada (from England) for his first job as apprentice in a locomotive factory whence he soon graduated to become an electrical engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railway in Montreal.

Unable to find an engineering job in the United States, Bennett Kilpack became an actor. Kilpack's first acting job was as Michael Cassio in Othello.[1] World War I interrupted Kilpack's early stage career; he became a member of the Royal Flying Corps and was stationed in Canada as salvage department head at a large flying field. In this capacity, he dismantled the plane in which Vernon Castle, the dancer, crashed.[2]
He toured with Sir Philip Ben Greet's Shakespearean players, had several important parts in Broadway plays, and in 1927 was given the lead role in The Wayside Inn, an early radio serial.[1] He subsequently played the part of Cephus in Way Back Home, which was presented on radio and as a film, with Phillips Lord as Seth Parker. As a radio serial it was also known as Sunday Night at Seth Parker's. Kilpack made his CBS debut in 1935 in Vanished Voices and subsequently played roles on CBS Radio in Hilltop House, Gang Busters, The Goldbergs, The Shadow and Grand Central Station.[1]
Kilpack began his run as Mr. Keen in 1937. For 18 years Keen and his faithful assistant, Mike Clancy, entertained followers with their intuitive perception that kept listeners coming back for more. With 1690 nationwide broadcasts, Mr. Keen was the most resilient private detective in a namesake role. The nearest competitors were Nick Carter, Master Detective (726 broadcasts), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (657) and The Adventures of the Falcon (473).[3] Over a span of 13 years, Bennett appeared on nearly 1300 of the 1700 broadcasts. At age 67, Bennett made his last appearance as Mr. Keen on October 26, 1950, the show's 1314th broadcast.[3]


I vividly remember listening to radio shows as a young girl.

I was born in 1937 when this show started and I probably listened from about 1945 to 1950.
My uncle would listen with us before he went out on a date or whatever he had planned. 

We listed to "Hit Parade," "The Squeeking Door."

"Lets's Pretend" on Saturdays, probably forerunner to cartoons on TV. 

I remember the sponsor for Let's Pretend.

"Creme of Wheat, it's so good eat, and  we have it every day."  

Good golly I can't remember what I had for dinner last night.
  
I remember "Our Gal Sunday" one of the soap operas my grandmother listened to.

Those are some good memories.

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11 comments:

Karen S. said...

thanks for sharing some of these memories.... the show is one I hadn't heard of, that's one of the things I enjoy about Sepia Saturday, I learn so much, or am reminded of memories that are so rich to relive! Enjoy your weekend!

Mike Brubaker said...

Gosh, if you were born in 1037, you must have watched the Norman Conquest too. :-)

I spent 3 years in the 1960's living in Germany as a US Amry brat. The only English language entertainment was Armed Forces Radio which ran mostly these great old radio shows. I don't remember Mr. Keen but I know his style.

Peggy Jones said...

Well you are right Mike, if I was born in 1037 which of course is a big typo.

Brett Payne said...

A tracer of lost persons, that sounds like a job and a half.

Bob Scotney said...

It's very apt to have a "Tracer of Lost Persons" in your blog as that is just what many of the Sepians are tring to do.
I had a female boxer on one of my earlier SS posts - but I can't find the link!

Alan Burnett said...

How wonderful. You make me want to go in search of past episodes and listen to them. It would make a fine sub-title for our Blog : Sepia Saturday - Tracer Of Lost Persons.

tony said...

Lost No More!I wonder if those episodes are lurking on the Internet someplace?

tony said...

Lost No More!I wonder if those episodes are lurking on the Internet someplace?

Wendy said...

I can't remember all the shows I watched on TV as a kid, but I surely enjoyed hearing the great titles from your childhood.

Kathy Morales said...

Mr. Keen is new to me. May have to see if I can find a show to listen to. It's good to dwell on happy memories.

TICKLEBEAR said...

Funny how the brain works, eh!?
Can't remember last night's dinner but can go on about radio shows from another century. Lucky for you to have those as it helped create this post. Being a visual, I don't know if I could listen to those shows, but in those days, this was the main media available. I'm just glad I was born in the 1960s, to have TV keep me company.

That girl sure looked pretty there in that first pic. You say they could almost comes in their PJ to work, but weren't some of those shows before a live audience? That would be awkward to show up in their pajamas...
:)~
HUGZ