The History Beat: From 1947: Local Store Fashion Show On Radio | Local


From The post-star in 1947:

“Teen Counselor” Barbara McClure was the host of WWSC Radio’s “All Girls Club” (which celebrated its 75th birthday on air this month).

McClure was the mistress of ceremonies for the Merkel & Gelman Spring Fashion Show at 10:15 a.m. on March 1, 1947, at the Paramount Theater, broadcast on WWSC.

It was an event in which sound was as important as appearance to convey the quality and trend of the latest fashions.

On February 17-18, the longtime Glen Street retailer advertised in The post-star for teenage musicians, actresses and models to participate in the show.

“A fun hour filled with facts, music, stories, comedy and your own Barbara McClure to bring you the Merkel & Gelman Spring Fashion Show,” the retailer announced. “See the super tough clothes and accessories worn by selected girls at high schools in Glens Falls and surrounding areas. “

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Downtown: The post-WWII economy and the removal of wartime restrictions brought a tradition back to downtown Glens Falls.

The Dollar Savings Days took place in downtown Glens Falls on February 14 and 15 for the first time in five years. The annual promotion was discontinued in 1942 due to wartime conditions.

Dollar transactions around downtown included three 45 RPM records for the dollar, with a choice of 500 tracks, at Niagara Electric Equipment Co. on Ridge Street, four pairs of cotton pipes for the dollar at WT Grant’s, slippers for a dollar a pair at Van the Shoe Man, and eight men’s handkerchiefs for a dollar at the Northern Department Store at the corner of Warren and Church streets.

Significant discounts were offered on the more expensive items.

Free parking has been provided at four lots in downtown Glens Falls. – February 13-14

Downtown: The army combat films “Fight for the Sky” and “Action at Anguar” were scheduled to premiere on February 22 in the dining room of the Rockwell Hotel. – February 13

Music: Pianist Giovannina de Blasiis was scheduled to perform the first public performance of the new composition “Sonata No. 2” in three movements by composer Halsey Stevens the following evening in a recital at the Maurice and Mary Hoopes house on Warren Street, the one of the houses that is now part of the Hyde Collection art museum campus.

Halsey, a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, and de Blasiis had studied the previous summer at a lecture at Middlebury College in Vermont. – 12 February

At the movie theater: “My Darling Clementine” with Henry Fonda closed at the Empire Theater on South Street on February 17th.

The Queensbury: About 180 people attended the Cosmopolitan Club Valentine’s Day Dance at the Queensbury Hotel.

“The decorations were hearts and kewpie dolls, and the Bernie Collins orchestra was playing.”

Sport Information: The Granville High School basketball team defeated Glens Falls 46-43 in Granville.

“Andy Senchik was the key man in the smooth attack on Granville. “- February 15

Glens Falls High: Paul Linehan, an elder, was elected chair of the Glens Falls High School Student Council. – February 19

Editorial: “Readers of this newspaper, we are sure, welcome the news that the Crandall Trust has called on the city to take responsibility for cleaning up Crandall Park and keeping it in a state of respect. … The trend is to recall Crandall Park to its heyday when it featured a lavish display of beautiful flower beds, mowed lawns and manicured shrubs, and a rowboat plied its chain of ponds. That image and a vision of the cost to bring it back and maintain it is likely to thrill a tax-conscious public official. They don’t need it. No one, to our knowledge, is demanding such a thorough overhaul and restoration. – the 21st of February

Quote: “Oh, there’s no doubt about it. It’s a day to celebrate when a boy who’s been seven for a year wakes up at eight! – Edgar A. Guest,“ Just Folks ”column, February 13 .

Maury Thompson was a Post star reporter for 21 years before retiring in 2017. He is now a freelance writer and documentary film producer who regularly searches historical newspapers in the region.


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