Yankee Yarns – Alton Blackington’s radio show of New England folklore1
January 18, 2020 by Bret Kramer (aka WinstonP)
As Arkham Gazette #4 finally comes together, I wanted to share something I discovered as we put the issue together. One of our submissions (from Steven Wand) was an NPC profile of one Alton “Blackie” Blackington (1898-1961), a real person from the first half of the 20th century. He was a journalist, a photographer, a folklorist, author, and raconteur. In his later years Blackington had a radio program where he presented tales from the folklore of New England.
Unexpectedly I discovered that more than sixty of his old radio shows, from 1944 to 1952, has not only been preserved but are available to listen to on Archive.org:
Looking over the sixty-one available recordings, here are a few that might be of particular interest:
- “Buried Treasure” (a retelling of the Ocean-Born Mary story)
- “Lord Timothy Dexter” (all about the famed eccentric of Newburyport)
- “A Ghost Story” (“the barefoot boy”, a haunting in Hampton, New Hampshire)
- “Fishing Boat Sunk by U-Boat” (the sinking of the Aeolus in 1942, off Massachusetts)
- “Tomatoes” (Blackington’s personal anecdotes from his youth and about gardening)
Regardless of what episodes you listen to, please enjoy the story-telling skills (and New England accent) of Mr. Blackington.
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