Death of Newspapers
Control-click heading to hear Paul Whiteman playing a "Joe Palooka Medley" on the Kraft Music Hall (December 28, 1933).
Maureen Dowd: "Slouching Towards Oblivion"
: "Maybe it’s because I’m staying at the Sunset Tower on Sunset Boulevard, but I keep thinking of newspapers as Norma Desmond. Papers are still big. It’s the screens that got small."
April 8, 1906
October 23, 1921
September 26, 1926.
June 11, 1933
Roy Crane's first Captain Easy Sunday page
This is an excerpt from an article by Virginia Combs that ran December 31, 2007, in The Kentucky Post
. It provides a portrait of rural households minus radios during the 1930s when kids opened newspapers to the comics pages for entertainment. To read the entire article, go here
The Post Was Part Of Her Life
It was with much regret and sadness that I learned The Cincinnati Post
would be closing December 31. For more years than I like to admit, The Post
has been part of my life six days each week.
I grew up on a small farm during the Depression in the foothills of Kentucky. We were poor and each penny (literally) was spent only for necessities - that is except for one item. At Dad's insistence our one luxury was a subscription to The Cincinnati Post
We received The Post
one day after it was printed (we didn't have a radio until 1939) and this was our connection to the outside world. Six days each week someone in the family would walk the half mile or maybe ride a horse to our one-room rural post office.
My dad would end each day - if in the summer in his rocking chair on the front porch or if in the winter with his long legs stretched out toward the fireplace - with The Post
spread open and reading it intently. The Post
kept him informed of state, national and world affairs and whomever he met he could discuss any of this with up-to-date knowledge.
I first took interest in The Post
around seven or eight years of age when I heard my older brother mention that a new comic strip was coming to the "funny page" - Li'l Abner
by Al Capp. I had to see what this was about so I made sure I read Li'l Abner
the first time it was printed in the paper. Of course, this led to reading the other comic strips. So through the years I enjoyed reading Major Hoople, Out Our Way, Abbie and Slats, Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs, Alley Oop, Boots and Her Buddies, Tarzan of the Jungle, Nancy
and many others I cannot recall now.
January 5, 1936
September 6, 1936
November 3, 1940
May 17, 1942
October 10, 1943
December 21, 1947
June 4, 1950
June 9, 1956
December 18, 1964
November 27, 2006
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