Curtis H. Springer for Acidine, circa 1934

Physical description:
Five 16-inch Flexo phonodiscs
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Randy Riddle note: Curtis H. Springer was known as the "King of the Quacks" by the American Medical Association, using radio to hawk questionable patent medicines, starting in the 1930s. He founded the Zzyzx health spa in California in 1944. The spa and Springer's business were shut down in the 1970s by Federal authorities.,_California This is a set of five discs, programs 1-5 in his syndicated radio series. It was distributed around 1934 and they were pressed on an experimental blue plastic by Flexo for Brunswick. They were recorded in Chicago. These, along with a few 1940s broadcasts by Springer in a private collection, appear to be the only surviving broadcasts by Springer. The programs consist of a talk of "practical advice" by Springer and pitches for Acidine and the many things it can cure. The announcer is Hal Dean. Pgm 1 - Should you mortgage your house to pay for your son's college? Pgm 2 - Gossip Pgm 3 - Two dizzy blondes Pgm 4 - People who lack ambition Pgm 5 - How women's fashions can damage health


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