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Radio Talent

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Miguel Covarrubias’s 1938 caricature, Radio Talent, depicted a cloud of popular celebrities who came to fame during the heyday of American radio broadcasting. At the depths of the Depression, radio’s two major networks—NBC and CBS—provided a cultural glue that helped bind the country together in the worst of economic times. Because everyone listened to the same thing, the vast listening audience shared a mainstream culture that was broadcast daily. Programs radiating both high and low forms of entertainment wafted through the airwaves and reached not only big cities but also small towns everywhere. Here, Covarrubias captured the most famous stars "on the air," including Jack Benny, Rudy Vallee, W. C. Fields, Burns and Allen, Kate Smith, Benny Goodman, Arturo Toscanini, and Bing Crosby.
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Image
Format:
Watercolor On Illustration Board
Created Date:
1938
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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National Portrait Gallery

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Smithsonian Institution

Keywords

  1. Actor
  2. Actors And Actresses
  3. African Americans
  4. Al Jolson
  5. Al Pearce
  6. Alexander Humphreys Woollcott
  7. Alfred Wallenstein
  8. Allen, Fred
  9. Allen, Gracie
  10. Ameche, Don
  11. Americans
  12. Andre Kostelanetz
  13. Announcer
  14. Army
  15. Arturo Toscanini
  16. Athlete
  17. Athletes
  18. Baker, Kenny
  19. Baker, Phil
  20. Bandmaster
  21. Bands (Music)
  22. Baritone
  23. Beatrice Lillie
  24. Benny Goodman
  25. Benny, Jack
  26. Bergen, Edgar
  27. Bing Crosby
  28. Boake Carter
  29. Bob Burns
  30. Bowes, Edward
  31. Brice, Fanny
  32. British
  33. Broadcast Journalist
  34. Burns, Bob
  35. Burns, George
  36. Business And Industry
  37. Businessperson
  38. Butterworth, Charles
  39. Cab Calloway
  40. Calloway, Cab
  41. Canadians
  42. Cantor, Eddie
  43. Carter, Boake
  44. Charles Butterworth
  45. Charles Corell
  46. Cigar
  47. Clarinet
  48. Clouds
  49. Columnist
  50. Comedian
  51. Communications
  52. Composer
  53. Conductor
  54. Corell, Charles
  55. Costume
  56. Covarrubias, Miguel
  57. Critic
  58. Crosby, Bing
  59. Cross, Milton J
  60. Cultural
  61. Dancer
  62. Deanna Durbin
  63. Dick Powell
  64. Don Ameche
  65. Don Wilson
  66. Dragonette, Jessica
  67. Dress Accessories
  68. Dress Accessory
  69. Durbin, Deanna
  70. Ecology
  71. Ed Wynn
  72. Eddie Cantor
  73. Eddy, Nelson
  74. Edgar Bergen
  75. Edward Bowes
  76. Edward G. Robinson
  77. Edwin C. Hill
  78. English
  79. Entertainer
  80. Entertainers
  81. Equipment
  82. Essayist
  83. Europeans
  84. Executive
  85. Exterior
  86. Eyeglasses
  87. Fanny Brice
  88. Female
  89. Fidler, Jimmy
  90. Fields, William Claude
  91. Fire Hat
  92. Fortune
  93. Frances Newbern Langford
  94. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  95. Fred Allen
  96. Freeman Fisher Gosden
  97. French
  98. General
  99. George Burns
  100. Golf
  101. Goodman, Benny
  102. Gosden, Freeman Fisher
  103. Government
  104. Governor
  105. Governors
  106. Gracie Allen
  107. Graham Mcnamee
  108. Guy Lombardo
  109. Hat
  110. Hats
  111. Headgear
  112. Helmet
  113. Hill, Edwin C
  114. Horn
  115. Hourglass
  116. Hugh Samuel Johnson
  117. Humanities And Social Sciences
  118. Humorist
  119. Husing, Ted
  120. Italians
  121. Jack Benny
  122. Jack Oakie
  123. James Edward Jordan
  124. Jazz
  125. Jeannette Mac Donald
  126. Jessica Dragonette
  127. Jimmy Fidler
  128. Joe Penner
  129. John Charles Thomas
  130. Johnson, Hugh Samuel
  131. Jolson, Al
  132. Jordan, James Edward
  133. Jordan, Marian
  134. Journalism
  135. Journalist
  136. Kate Smith
  137. Kenny Baker
  138. Kostelanetz, Andre
  139. Lancelot Patrick Ross
  140. Langford, Frances Newbern
  141. Law And Law Enforcement
  142. Lawrence Mervil Tibbett
  143. Lawyer
  144. Lawyers
  145. Legislators
  146. Leopold Stokowski
  147. Lillie, Beatrice
  148. Lily Pons
  149. Literature
  150. Lithuanians
  151. Livingston, Mary
  152. Lombardo, Guy
  153. Lowell Jackson Thomas
  154. Mac Donald, Jeannette
  155. Major
  156. Male
  157. Marian Jordan
  158. Marine Corps
  159. Martha Raye
  160. Mary Livingston
  161. Mcnamee, Graham
  162. Men
  163. Microphone
  164. Military
  165. Milton J. Cross
  166. Monocle
  167. Motion Pictures
  168. Movie
  169. Musician
  170. Musicians
  171. Nature
  172. Nature & Environment
  173. Nelson Eddy
  174. New York
  175. Novelist
  176. Novelists
  177. O'keefe, Walter
  178. Oakie, Jack
  179. Officer
  180. Opera
  181. Oscar
  182. Paul Whiteman
  183. Pearce, Al
  184. Penner, Joe
  185. Performer
  186. Performing Arts
  187. Phil Baker
  188. Pianist
  189. Pilot
  190. Politics
  191. Politics And Government
  192. Pons, Lily
  193. Popular
  194. Portrait
  195. Portraits
  196. Powell, Dick
  197. Power, Tyrone
  198. President Of Us
  199. Presidential Medal Of Freedom
  200. Presidents
  201. Public Official
  202. Radio
  203. Raye, Martha
  204. Ripley, Robert L
  205. Robert L. Ripley
  206. Robert Taylor
  207. Robinson, Edward G
  208. Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
  209. Ross, Lancelot Patrick
  210. Rudy Vallee
  211. Russians
  212. Saxophonist
  213. Screenwriter
  214. Senators
  215. Showman
  216. Singer
  217. Sky
  218. Smith, Kate
  219. Smoking Implements
  220. Songwriter
  221. Soprano
  222. Sound Devices
  223. Sports And Recreation
  224. State Senator
  225. Stokowski, Leopold
  226. Symbols & Motifs
  227. Taylor, Robert
  228. Ted Husing
  229. Television
  230. Television Personality
  231. Tenor
  232. Theater
  233. Theater Manager
  234. Thomas, John Charles
  235. Thomas, Lowell Jackson
  236. Tibbett, Lawrence Mervil
  237. Top Hat
  238. Toscanini, Arturo
  239. Traveler
  240. Tyrone Power
  241. Undetermined
  242. Vallee, Rudy
  243. Vaudeville
  244. Ventriloquist
  245. Vice Presidential Candidate
  246. Wallenstein, Alfred
  247. Walter O'keefe
  248. Walter Winchell
  249. Whiteman, Paul
  250. William Claude Fields
  251. Wilson, Don
  252. Winchell, Walter
  253. Women
  254. Woollcott, Alexander Humphreys
  255. Writer
  256. Writers
  257. Wynn, Ed