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Amateur hour collection, 1934-1948.

Author: Edward Bowes, MajorTed MackTeresa BrewerStubby KayeRobert MerrillAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Primarily over 7000 applications from contestants who appeared on the Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour radio program between 1934 and 1948. A small percentage of the administrative papers dating from the late 1940s and 1950s, as well as materials relating to the Mexican version of the program, La hora internacional del aficionado, are also included. Filed with the contestant applications are letters of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sources
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Bowes, Major; Ted Mack; Teresa Brewer; Stubby Kaye; Robert Merrill; Beverly Sills; Frank Sinatra
OCLC Number: 658833343
Description: around 8,500 items (20 boxes, 9 linear feet).
Other Titles: Original amateur hour collection,
Major Bowes' original amateur hour collection,

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Primarily over 7000 applications from contestants who appeared on the Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour radio program between 1934 and 1948. A small percentage of the administrative papers dating from the late 1940s and 1950s, as well as materials relating to the Mexican version of the program, La hora internacional del aficionado, are also included. Filed with the contestant applications are letters of introduction, reference letters, and other documents sent by prospective contestants. Applications from conventional performers such as musicians, dancers, singers, and impersonators are the most numerous, but also included are applications from novelty acts such as a human piccolo, a group of hand-standing singers, and a group who played harmonicas with fire extinguishers. Of particular interest are applications from various performers, now well-known, including Teresa Brewer, Stubby Kaye, Robert Merrill, Beverly Sills, and Frank Sinatra. Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s provide a visual record of the show, while correspondence to and from program staff members recount some of the program's business transactions. Scripts, promotional material, and advertising and sponsor documents also are part of the collection.

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