Man Listening to Radio in his Parlor

Before television, listening to the radio was a popular leisure time activity. Families would gather around the radio to listen to news, comedies, mysteries, and other programs. A McIntyre resident listens to his family's Crosley radio while sitting in the parlor (today called the living room), circa early 1940s. 

Crocheted doilies, called antimacassars, were handmade by housewives and were often placed on the arms and tops of sofas and chairs as in this photo. The wallpaper is a typical flowered pattern popular in the 1940s and 1950s. A handmade short-wave radio sits on top of the Crosley radio.



Photo: courtesy Ed Swan collection

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