Commentary: Print ads for Radio Drama

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Meta SFFaudioOne of the goals that I set myself with SFFaudio was to always add a picture to a post. That’s a tough job sometimes. Like right now for instance – I’m working on a post about CBS Radio Workshop. Because it was a radio show, rather than a TV show, there are no screengrabs to be found. I could make something up, of course, and have done so – more often than I’d like – but the ideal would be to find something to ground that art. I want it for whatever logo or typeface they included mostly because there would be more historicity to it than whatever I can slap together. Somebody in the CBS Radio Workshop publicity department, for instance, probably did up some print advertising at some point. That art would be in a magazine or newspaper somewhere – but finding that magazine or newspaper can be pretty tough. This is ever my problem.

These days, when I do a Google Image search for whatever it is I’m looking for, I too often find myself looking at some art that I made. To solve this problem I plan on archiving some of the finds I make – for my own future reference (and for anyone else too). In doing this publicly I am asking for your help.

Does anybody have a scan of an advertisement for the CBS Radio Workshop?

Here’s my fist contribution (from the Spring 1957 issue of Space Science Fiction) three full page advertisements for:

The Fine Art Of Eating” with Vincent Price

Sportopics” with Russ Hodges

The Windup” featuring Private Eye, Ed Noon with Chester Morris

American Agent” with Lee Bowman

Our Heritage” with Westbrook Van Voorhis

Gag Bag” with Peter Donald

The Frightened” with Boris Karloff

Your Economy” with T.H. Mitchell, L.L. B., PH.D.

This Age Of Ours” with Quentin Reynolds

Space Science Fiction Spring 1957 Inside Front Cover

Space Science Fiction Spring 1957 Inside Rear Cover

Space Science Fiction Spring 1957 Outside Rear Cover

X Minus One ad from the April 1956 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction:
X Minus One ad from the April 1956 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction

Here’s an X Minus One advertizement that appeared in Galaxy magazine’s May 1956 issue:

X Minus One AD from Galaxy magazine's May 1956 issue

Here’s an X Minus One advertizement that appeared in Galaxy magazine’s February 1958 issue:

X Minus One AD from Galaxy Science Fiction's February 1958 issue

Here’s an ad, perhaps the very first, for X Minus One that appeared in the September 1955 issue of Astounding:

X Minus One advertizement from Astounding September 1955

Here’s an ad for X Minus One that appeared in the September 1955 issue of Astounding:

X Minus One ad from Astounding October 1955

Here’s an ad for X Minus One that appeared in the November 1955 issue of Astounding:

X Minus One ad from the November 1955 issue of Astounding Science Fiction

An X Minus One advertizement from Astounding’s January 1956 issue:

X Minus One ad from the January 1956 issue of Astounding

X Minus One is “BACK ON THE AIR” – from Galaxy, August 1957:

X Minus One - "BACK ON THE AIR" - an ad from Galaxy, August 1957

Here’s an ad for The Shadow radio show that appeared in the January 1954 issue of Astounding:

Ad for The Shadow radio show (on the Mutual Network) from the January 1954 issue of Astounding

Ad for The Shadow from Astounding August 1952:
Ad for The Shadow from Astounding August 1952

An ad for The Shadow from Astounding January 1952:

The Shadow ad from Astounding January 1952

Ad for The Shadow radio show from Astounding January 1953:

Ad for The Shadow radio show from Astounding January 1953

Here’s a familiar looking ad (it uses art recycled from The Shadow) for Nick Carter, Master Detective on the Mutual Network:

Nick Carter Master Detective ad from Astounding April 1955

Stay Tuned For Terror – illustration by Dolgov from Weird Tales, September 1945:

Stay Tuned For Terror - illustration by Dolgov from Weird Tales, September 1945

Dimension X ad from Astounding Science Fiction’s August 1951 issue:

Dimension X ad from Astounding SF's August 1951 issue

Dimension X ad from from Astounding July 1951:
Ad for Dimension X from Astounding July 1951

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