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Retrocast #24 – Podcast #212

This episode of the Useless Information Retrocast includes the following:

Cohost: Bruce Carlson of My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

Question of the Day: When was carbon paper invented?

Retrosponsor: Philco Radios

This Retrosponsor commercial is from the January 1, 1947, broadcast of Bing Crosby Philco Radio Time.

Tidbits:

Phonographs Used to Train Birds to Talk (1903)

Survives Niagara Plunge, Dies After Slipping on An Orange Peel (1926)

Battle of the Baths (1949)

Footnotes to History:

Saved As Auto Runs Off Dock (1925)

A Winter Snake Story (1935)

Fire Drill Is Orders—Even If Pupils Shiver (1940)

Catches a Trout with Fly Swatter (1955)

Beatle Locks Get in Swim (1966)

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Alan Miller

Jan 23 episode mentioned Chicago Public Schools swimming pools. All they wore was a swim cap, boys too. Nude swimming was the order of the time because bathing suit fibers would clog the filters.

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