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Collection ID is exactly "1" AND Event Name is exactly "Florida Home Radio Project"
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Interview with blues singer Mary McClain

Interview with blues singer Mary McClain

Date
1982-08-05
Description
Two reel to reels. Known as Diamond Teeth Mary for the jewels she placed in her teeth in the 1940s, Mary was born in West Virginia, and always claimed to be the half sister of fellow blues singer Bessie Smith. In 1918, she moved to Florida's Gulf Coast. During her later years, she lived in Bradenton, Florida. Although McClain was a popular performer in the 1920s and 1930s, she stopped performing the blues for many years. She was rediscovered by the Florida Folklife Program in the 1980s. In 1986, she won the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1986. She died on 4 April 2000. In the interview, she discusses the start of her career; blues music; various groups she performed with; performing with George Burns, Bessie Smith, and Sarah Vaughan; minstrel shows; her family history; her conversion to Christianity in 1962; and her work in churches. Copied on audiocassettes C83-24 and C83-25. Material used for the public radio program, Florida Home: I Started With the Blues. Copies of the programs can be found on C85-16.
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Interview with circus performer Bill Rodgers

Interview with circus performer Bill Rodgers

Date
1982-01-06
Description
Two reel to reels. Rodgers discusses his life in the circus. Topics include clowns; training for the circus; traveling; ring masters; and training birds. Copied onto audiocassettes C83-27 & C83-28. Material used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copies of the programs can be found  on C85-14.
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Interview with circus performer Erik Adams

Interview with circus performer Erik Adams

Date
1982-01-06
Description
One reel to reel. Adams was an animal trainer and circus performer. In the interview, he discusses training dogs and chimpanzees; the differences between carnivals and circuses; types of circus performers; and life in the traveling circus. Copied onto audiocassette C83-26. Material used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copies of the programs can be found in S 1576, box 16, tapes C85-14.
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Interview with circus worker Doc Art Miller

Interview with circus worker Doc Art Miller

Date
1981-10-16
Description
Copied onto reel-to-reels T81-115, T81-116, and T81-117. Some material from the interview was used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copies of the radio programs can be found in S 1576, box 16, tapes C85-14.
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Interview with circus worker Doc Art Miller

Interview with circus worker Doc Art Miller

Date
1981-11-13
Description
T81-120: Miller discusses different types of handbills, fliers, and posters and talks about the techniques required to post them. He also discusses performing his shows during the World War Two era and relates how communists and others gave him trouble; tells a story about Rough and Ready, a town in New York, and other stories; describes other acts and describes a card trick and a "pitch;" and talks about devising the tricks, overcoming stage fright, and government sanctions against gambling. T81-121: Miller discusses raising a tent; code words identifying an authentic show person; paying employees with tobacco and food during the Depression; playing a pirated silent film version of Uncle Tom's Cabin; being hassled for putting up his show posters; and playing money games like the shell game and "Innocents Trap." T81-122: Miller discusses finding sponsors and tent space for circuses and carnivals; tells stories about jobs he's held; talks about writing for the "Band Wagon;" and talks about living statue acts and "spectacle" acts circuses used to open their shows. T81-123: Miller discusses waterproofing circus tents; an accident in which a circus tent caught fire and caused the deaths of several, including a young girl; and the menagerie tent. Copied onto cassettes C81-91, C81-92, C81-93 & C81-94. Some material from the interview was used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copies of the radio programs can be found in S 1576, box 16, tapes C85-14.
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Interview with circus worker Ward Hall

Interview with circus worker Ward Hall

Date
1982-01-07
Description
One reel to reel. (Also copied on C95-46, as well as C83-16) Ward, a carnival pitchman, and circus worker, discusses his career. Topics include pitching; carnivals; circuses; selling techniques; and performing in circuses. The material was featured in two episodes for the public radio program, Florida Home, on traveling entertainment. Copies of the programs can be found on C85-14.
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Interview with Joe McKennon

Interview with Joe McKennon

Date
1982-01-05
Description
Seven reel to reels. McKennon, a life-long circus worker, discusses his career. Topics include leaving Texas for the circus as teen; types of shows; circus traveling and transportation; tents used; differences between carnivals and circuses; history of John Ringling; the types of circuses in the 1920s and 1930s; South Florida circuses; jobs he held; medicine shows; and competition between circuses. Copied onto audiocassettes C83-17, C83-18, C83-19, C83-20, C8.-21, C83-22, and C83-23. Material used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copies of the programs can be found in S 1576, box 16, tapes C85-14.
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Interview with performer Wayne Murray

Interview with performer Wayne Murray

Date
1982-01-07
Description

Three reel to reels. Murray, an actor, carnival pitchman, and comic, discusses his career. Topics include jokes; Yiddish theater; acting; medicine shows; traveling theaters; comedians; pitching at carnivals and fairs; performing on the radio; moving to Florida in 1969; the differences between vaudeville and burlesque; and learning the craft. Provides several examples of his material. Copied onto audiocassettes C83-13, C83-14, and C83-15; as well as tapes 16 and 17 in box 40 of series 1576.

Material used for a public radio on traveling entertainment, a copy of which can be found on audiocassette C95-43.  

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Medicine show performer Bunny Bartok interview

Medicine show performer Bunny Bartok interview

Date
1981-10-04
Description
Bartok's father and grandfather were traveling medicine pitchmen. She described traveling medicine shows; types of pitches and performances in medicine; wintering in Florida; her family history including their emigration from Hungary. Some material from the interview was used for the public radio program Florida Home: Humorists and Health Evangelists. Copies of the radio programs can be found on audio cassette C83-85. Copied from reel-to-reels T81-110, T81-111, T81-112, T81-113, and T81-114.
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Performance of an old-time medicine show

Performance of an old-time medicine show

Date
1982-01-31
Description
Four reel to reels. Copied onto audiocassettes C83-29, C83-30, C83-31, and C83-32. Some material from the performance was used for the public radio program, Florida Home: Showtown USA. Copy of the programs can be found on C85-14.
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Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
a_s1576_t82-033Interview with blues singer Mary McClainSoundFieldwork
Interviews
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
African Americans
Music business
Blues (Music)
Performing arts
Singing
Religion
Christianity
Gospel (Black)
Gospel music
Traveling theater
Minstrel shows
Family history
Performers
Blues singers
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a_s1576_t82-036Interview with circus performer Bill RodgersSoundFieldwork
Interviews
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
Animal training
Birds
Performing arts
Clowns
Circus
Carnivals
Entertainers
Animal trainers
Circus performers
Circus workers
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a_s1576_t82-035Interview with circus performer Erik AdamsSoundFieldwork
Interviews
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
Animal training
Apes
Performing arts
Chimpanzees
Circus
Carnivals
Dogs
Traveling theater
Dog trainers
Entertainers
Animal trainers
Circus performers
Circus workers
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a_s1576_07_c81-086Interview with circus worker Doc Art MillerSoundField recordings
Medicine shows
Interviews
Personal experience narratives
Carnivals
Carnival pitching
Circus performers
Circus workers
Performing arts
Family history
Traveling shows
Oral histories
Circus
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a_s1576_t81-120Interview with circus worker Doc Art MillerSoundField recordings
Medicine shows
Interviews
Personal experience narratives
Carnivals
Carnival pitching
Circus performers
Circus workers
Performing arts
Family history
Traveling shows
Oral histories
Circus
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a_s1576_t82-025Interview with circus worker Ward HallSoundFieldwork
Interviews
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
Circus
Performing arts
Carnivals
Selling
Carnival pitching
Occupational folklore
Circus performers
Circus workers
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a_s1576_t82-026Interview with Joe McKennonSoundFieldwork
Interviews
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
Circus
Performing arts
Carnivals
Selling
Carnival pitching
Occupational folklore
Circus performers
Circus workers
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a_s1576_t82-022Interview with performer Wayne MurraySoundFieldwork
Interviews
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
Vaudeville
Burlesque (Theater)
Drama
Acting
Selling
Medicine shows
Carnivals
Performing arts
Carnival pitching
Jokes
Humor
Radio
Occupational folklore
Entertainers
Comedians
Actors
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a_s1576_07_c81-81Medicine show performer Bunny Bartok interviewSoundField recordings
Medicine shows
Interviews
Oral narratives
Carnival pitching
Hungarian Americans
Performing arts
Traveling shows
Magic tricks
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a_s1576_t82-038Performance of an old-time medicine showSoundFieldwork
Medicine shows
Music performance
Performances
Comedy
Singing
Pianists
Performing arts
Piano music
Traveling shows
Jokes
Magic tricks
Performers
Entertainers
Comedians
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