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March of Dimes Recordings

(update) Before the advent of Dr. Jonas Salk's polio vaccine in the 1950s, polio (infantile paralysis) was a real fear every summer, prompting President Franklin Roosevelt to launch the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and its fundraiser, the March of Dimes.

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Infant Paralysis

Basil Rathbone reading to children with infantile paralysisIn the years before the polio vaccine was discovered, infantile paralysis (also known as polio) was a scary thing. However, there had never been a major polio epidemic--until 1880 when major outbreaks started in Europe, quickly moving to the United States. There were frequent epidemics, usually in the cities in the summer into the 1950s until Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine became available.

In 1953, polio was still an epidemic. To combat the disease, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis produced several radio shows to promote the March of Dimes fundraiser. The shows featured a series about the discovery of the polio vaccine called "Man Against the Crippler". The syndicated show appeared in the summer of 1953 during the fundraising campaign. In addition to "Man Against the Crippler", several concerts were also broadcast in support of the campaign.

The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt who had polio and was crippled from the disease though he worked hard to hide it. (In recent years, there is some evidence that the President's polio diagnosis was incorrect.) During the first fundraising effort, the President, asked everyone to give a dime to fight polio giving the fundraiser its name--March of Dimes.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    7 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 38 min
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      7 shows - total playtime 2 hours 38 minutes
      1. Commercial-March Of Dimes.mp3
      2. March Of Dimes 440129 America Salutes President.mp3
      3. March Of Dimes 500000 Swonderful.mp3
      4. March Of Dimes 530000 Man Against Crippler.mp3
      5. March Of Dimes 540000 Boston Symphony Orchestra.mp3
      6. March Of Dimes 540000 Years Of Our Faith.mp3
      7. March Of Dimes Summer Concert 530000 Roumanian Fantasy.mp3
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    7 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 38 min
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      7 shows - total playtime 2 hours 38 minutes
      1. Commercial-March Of Dimes.mp3
      2. March Of Dimes 440129 America Salutes President.mp3
      3. March Of Dimes 500000 Swonderful.mp3
      4. March Of Dimes 530000 Man Against Crippler.mp3
      5. March Of Dimes 540000 Boston Symphony Orchestra.mp3
      6. March Of Dimes 540000 Years Of Our Faith.mp3
      7. March Of Dimes Summer Concert 530000 Roumanian Fantasy.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    7 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 38 min

    Disc A001

    1. Commercial-March Of Dimes
    2. March Of Dimes 440129 America Salutes President

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    Disc A002

    1. March Of Dimes 500000 Swonderful
    2. March Of Dimes 530000 Man Against Crippler

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    Disc A003

    1. March Of Dimes Summer Concert 530000 Roumanian Fantasy
    2. March Of Dimes 540000 Boston Symphony Orchestra
    3. March Of Dimes 540000 Years Of Our Faith

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