54b-Serrapede Family in America, 1930s-In the news and on the radio (Part 1)


Josie and Sam subscribed to many magazines and newspapers. As a child I remember the sofa, end tables and coffee table full of such magazines as “Life”, “Time”, “The Saturday Evening Post”, “Cue”, and “The New Yorker”. Among newspapers the “Daily News” and “The New York Post” were the ones I remember most. Sometimes I found copies of “Mad Magazine” that belonged to Uncle Sammy in the drawers or on the nightables up in the attic.

I got to know my Grandparent’s favorite topics in the newspapers since I spent many weekends at their house as a child and a teenager. I also lived with them for 8 months during 1978-79. I thought it would be an enjoyable trip back in time to June 10, 1935 to select short articles or features in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that would have caught their interest. The reason why I picked this date is because it appears on a photo of Emily taken at the Weise Photo Studio. I thought a good way for readers to get to know Josie and Sam would be through a visit to their apartment on the evening of June 10, 1935 after Emily had her photo taken that morning.

Relationship Note

Sam and Josie Serrapede were parents to Emily Leatrice, Gerald and Sammy. They were EmilyAnn’s maternal Grandparents.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Monday, June 10, 1935

When her children were young, Josie prepared dinner early and ate with them sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. before Sam came home. She’d let the dishes soak before washing them and take some time to relax after dinner. Josie loved to read so she started with the newspaper. First she checked the radio programs that Emily would enjoy listening to before going to bed.

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Listings for radio programs broadcasted on Monday evening, June 10th and Tuesday morning, June 11th, 1935.

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Close-up of part of the radio programs on WABC, June 10, 1935.

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Close-up of part of the radio shows on WJZ, June 10, 1935.

Josie enjoyed Emily’s interest in the comic strips. Radio shows based on comic strip characters would make for a pleasant diversion after dinner. There were broadcasts of “Little Orphan Annie” at 5:45 p.m. on one station and “Dick Tracy” on another.

“Little Orphan Annie” followed the adventures of a little girl named Annie and her dog Sandy. During the years of the Great Depression Annie’s appeal was in her resilient nature. A wealthy businessman named Daddy Warbucks tried to adopt Annie. Mrs. Warbucks didn’t like Annie and when Daddy was away on a business trip she sent Annie back to the orphanage. Daddy Warbucks continued to go in and out of Annie’s life but she never became dependent on him.

Dick Tracy was a detective who relentlessly pursued the criminals he was assigned to hunt down. Gangsters and gun fights were part of the story. Josie would have chosen “Little Orphan Annie” for her and Emily to listen to. When Emily was older, about 8 or 9, they listened to detective stories together, but not when she was younger.

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Sewing Pattern of the Day, June 10, 1935.

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Description of the sewing pattern of the day on June 10, 1935.

Once Emily was in bed, Josie would look through the women’s pages of the newspaper. She noted any recipes or sales for items she needed. Since she knew how to sew she would look for patterns and fabrics on sale as well. Many newspapers had Home Economics departments that tested recipes. They also sold their own lines of sewing patterns such as the one showed here. It was all part of the newspaper’s desire to serve the needs of their readers in as many parts of their lives as possible.

Josie would finish her time of relaxation by putting the newspapers, magazines and toys away. Then she did the dishes. When Sam came home he enjoyed looking through the newspaper after dinner and hearing about the day’s events.

(to be continued)



5 thoughts on “54b-Serrapede Family in America, 1930s-In the news and on the radio (Part 1)

  1. I love how you did this slice of life by looking at the newspaper of a particular day. I could almost imagine their evening together listening to the radio.

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy. I am glad you enjoyed it. By reviewing the program lists we saw how many enjoyable shows and news programs there were. Unlike TV, radio seemed less demanding and intrusive. People could listen and do other things whereas TV requires that you to sit still and watch.

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      1. I think back then that people also sat still and listened just as we sit and watch TV. To this day I cannot listen to one thing and do another. Sometimes I try to watch the news while reading the newspaper—I can’t do it!


      2. You are correct. There are advertisements for the medium to larger sized radios that show the family seated in a cozy livingroom while listening to the radio. My Mom’s family were what we call multi-taskers. Only Grandpa Sam was the one who did things one at a time.

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