The July 10, 1942, issue of the JN had, of course, news of the war and Jewish participation in the same. And, there were some interesting headlines such as: “Russian Decorates Hundreds of Thousands of Jews for Heroism” (story on page 12). But, I thought I would write about a few lighter items this week from page 5.

The first item that caught my eye was a large advertisement for Freed-Eisemann Radios sold by the “World’s Largest Free-Eisemann Dealer,” the Economical Radio and Appliance Dealer on Cass Avenue and Peterboro (just south of present-day Wayne State University) in Detroit. The ad was introducing the “Heppelewhite” model created by famous designer, George Hepplewhite.

If the photo is a good indication of the actual radio, it must have been a real beauty. In our current digital world, it also reminded me that, in 1942, the mass medium of the day was radio. It was on the home radio that families could hear popular entertainment, comedies and dramas, sports and, of course, music. It was also the source of world news and President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “Fireside Chats” in which he personally spoke with Americans about the significant affairs of the day.

I also liked another feature on page 5: “Our Own Quiz Box.” This was a set of 10 questions on “Jews In Literature” asked by Howard Collins, who edited the Saturday Review of Literature’s popular column “Your Literary I.Q.” I’m not going to tell you how I did on the quiz, but if you want to give it a go, then, see page 5 in the July 10, 1942, issue on the William Davidson Archive; the answers are on page 14. •

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