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  Origin of Superstition - 10 hours [Download] #RA783
The Origin of Superstition


 
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The Origin of Superstition

 
Why do people avoid walking under a ladder? Step around a black cat? Throw spilt salt over their shoulder? If you’ve ever wondered about any of these, The Origin of Superstition radio show has the answer for you!
 
Also known as “Superstition on the Air”, The Origin of Superstition was a 1935 series of short stories that showcased many of the more popular superstitions of modern life. These were dramatizations that took the listener across space and time to explain when, where, how and why superstitions originated. The show was meticulously researched: The episodes add or subtract nothing to the superstition, but let the facts speak for themselves. The only fiction in the show was the names, which had been changed for purposes of discretion.
 
Superstitions are often ridiculed, until a coincidence or quirk makes us wonder if fate guides our destinies, after all. In episodes such as “Rabbit’s Foot”, “Knocking on Wood”, “Opening an Umbrella Indoors”, and “Breaking a Mirror”, you may hear superstitions that you yourself observe, and come to understand their origins.
 
Included in the series are superstitions less well known today, such as “Sing Before Breakfast”, “Don’t Stand Behind a Chair”, “Two Walkers Separated”, and “Bubbles in a Tea Cup”. There are thirty-nine episodes in all, including “Horseshoe Over the Door”, “Three on a Match”, “Thrown Shoes” and “Itching Palm”.
 
The Origin of Superstition was produced and syndicated by Transco, the same company that produced the Cinnamon Bear. The show featured actors Verna Felton, Hanley Stafford, Gale Gordon, Howard McNear, Barbara Jean Wong, all of whom also performed on “The Cinnamon Bear” radio show, which was recorded in the same Transco studio in 1937. The narrator of The Origin of Superstition, Lindsay MacHarrie, was the director of The Cinnamon Bear” program.
 
So grab your rabbit’s foot and tune in for fascinating tales of superstition!
 
#1 Three on a Match
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#2 Throwing Salt
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#3 Walking Beneath a Ladder
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#4 Breaking a Mirror
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#5 Boogey Man
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#6 Mistletoe Kissing
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#7 Knocking on Wood
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#8 Black Cat
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#9 Whistling in a Dressing Room
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#10 Horseshoe Over the Door
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#11 Two Walkers Separated
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#12 Rabbit's Foot
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#13 Friday the 13th
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#14 Picking Up a Pin
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#15 Crossing Your Fingers
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#16 Don't Disturb the Dead
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#17 Don't Stand Behind a Chair
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#18 Cleopatra's Opal
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#19 Opening an Umbrella Indoors
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#20 Thrown Shoes
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#21 Howling Dog
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#22 Four Leaf Clover
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#23 Something Old
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#24 Star Wish
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#25 Sailing on Friday
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#26 Turning Back
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#27 Hat on a Bed
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#28 Blowing Out Candles
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#29 Bubbles in a Teacup
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#30 Wishing on New Moon
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#31 Cap Turned Backwards
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#32 Unlucky at Cards
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#33 Itching Palm
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#34 Lost Wedding Ring
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#35 No News is Good News
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#36 Sing Before Breakfast
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#37 It's Bad Luck to Lose Baby's First Shoes
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#38 The Wish Bone
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication
 
#39 The Ghost Ship
1935 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

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