Fox-Hoyts Radio Club Scrapbook
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Fox-Hoyts Radio Club Scrapbook

1930-1932. Consisting of mostly newspaper clippings annotated with name of newspaper and date of issue in ink or pencil, 50 x 37cm (scrapbook). Minor water damage and soiling, cracking to spine and tears to edges of pages.

The contents of this scrapbook strongly suggest that it was compiled by John Devine a.k.a. “Old Man Talkie” who was a Fox broadcaster, originator and director of the Australian-wide Fox-Hoyts Radio Club.

The scrapbook covers many organised activities relating to the Fox-Hoyts Radio Club, as well as clippings from The Film Weekly, enrolment forms, radio scheduling programs, a poster for a meet-and-greet with Don Bradman, correspondence to members, party and dance tickets, “First Anniversary Day” programme, and glass slides advertising Fox Movietone Radio Club in different cities.

Fox Movietone Radio Club, renamed to Fox Hoyts Radio Club in 1931, was established by Sydney’s 2UW radio station. It purported to be “the human link between theatres and the general public” during the slump in business caused by the Depression. The club was opened in 1930 by Australia’s ninth Prime Minister, James Scullin. The Fox-Hoyts Radio Club became known as “a circle of cheery folks, interested in Talkies, and in radio, interested in each other and in making one another happy...” Ref: Truth (Brisbane), 24.8.1930; Film Weekly, 19.6.1930; Labor Daily, 1.5.1930; Hoyt’s Regent Magazine, 21.11.1930 [from scrapbook].

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Item #CL194-131

Price (AUD): $1,350.00  Other currencies

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