I believe that this is an either 1940’s or ’50’s die cut radio premium lithograph. I have the two main pieces that put together made up a 3 d image of a barn with it’s doors wide open showing a stage with a large floor and people standing on hay bales at the back of the stage floor. There were even spectators sitting in the hay loft on either side of the stage. There are three pieces missing that I can see. I have found a picture of the entire premium put together but I am not sure if I can give you a link here. I am going to try as it is only a picture and does not seem to lead to any item that is for sale. Here goes….https://nas/content/live/prairiegritprd.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=LevgsMag&id=E7255A426B7BB85497CF67F4DA567B23F5C8AA0A&thid=OIP.LevgsMagbpWgLvwtmVSpZwD-D1&mediaurl=https%3a%2f%2fgalleryplus.ebayimg.com%2fws%2fweb%2f362100187946_1_0_1.jpg&exph=385&expw=400&q=alks+seltzer+barn+dance+litho+die+cut&simid=608015690174303304&selectedIndex=0&ajaxhist=0
If I am not allowed to give you the link here in the description I might be able to give it to you if you contact me and ask for it. Again, the picture does not lead to any similar item outside of ebay that is for sale. It is just a photo of something that may have been for sale in the past but has since sold and is still available in an image search.
The two die cut lithograph pieces that I have measure 9″ wide by 9 1/4″ long while the back stage piece measures 8 1/4″ long by 5 3/4″ tall. When put together, the inner stage would have been about 1 5/8″ deep. The three missing pieces consist of people holding advertising signs on either side and more people that look like dancers in the center and behind the signs. In the sign on our right, I can make out the words Alka Seltzer. The print is too small for me to make out anything on the left. Be sure and read the condition section of this listing and check out the photos carefully.
Back in the day, WLS radio out of Chicago had a program they called National Barn Dance and Alka Seltzer was an advertising sponsor for that program. This was a program that started in 1924 and we second only to ‘The Grand Ole Oprey’ for 50 years or more. In 1932 The National Barn Dance was picked up for regional airing on the NBC Blue Network. By 1933 there were over 30 stations, coast to coast that were carrying the evening’s second show which was sponsored by Miles Laboratories, makers of Alka Seltzer. During WW2, The Barn Dance started live shows, usually locally in Chicago which continued on until 1957 as by then, tastes were turning to other types of music and The National Barn Dance was waning in popularity. A countless number of performers got their start on The National Barn Dance and many of them went on to become national and international celebrities.
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