Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Clippings from the October 1935 issues of the St. Paul Dispatch, Part 3

Here are a trio of unrelated (but entertaining) clippings in this week's continuing series from the October 28-31, 1935, issues of the St. Paul (Minnesota) Dispatch.

Peter Lorre's expensive shower

This amusing anecdote involves Peter Lorre, the star of "M" and supporting actor in such famous films as "The Maltese Falcon," "Casablanca," "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "The Comedy of Terrors" (with Vincent Price).

A $1,500 bill in 1935, by the way, is the equivalent of about $25,000 today. Or the average teenager's monthly cellphone bill.

Northland Greyhound advertisement

These bus tickets were pretty pricey, too. In 2012 dollars, they translate to, approximately:
  • St. Paul to New York: $322
  • St. Paul to Detroit: $151
  • St. Paul to Seattle, Los Angeles or San Francisco: $454
  • St. Paul to Huron, South Dakota: $82.50 (It's not entirely clear why one would take a bus trip to Huron. In 1935, the World's Largest Pheasant hadn't even been built yet.)

Halloween vandalism radio message

Finally, I think this one is self-explanatory. The Commissioner of Public Safety would like to have, ahem, a word with all the young ghoul-and-ghost pranksters. (Some history on WTCN 1250 can be found here.)

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