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Elise Olmstead reading story book into microphone, ca 1924 (MOHAI 5474)

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Elise Olmstead reading story book into microphone, ca 1924 (MOHAI 5474)

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Elise Olmstead, originally from England, was the second wife of Roy Olmstead, one of the most notorious bootleggers in King County during the Prohibition years of the 1920s. The Olmsteads started a radio station in their Mt. Baker home. Elise Olmstead read children’s stories that were broadcast, and Prohibition agents speculated that the stories contained coded messages for rumrunners. This studio photograph may not have been taken inside the radio station but it illustrates the broadcasts done at that time.
Subjects (LCTGM): Microphones; Prohibition—Washington (State)—Seattle; Radio—Washington (State)—Seattle; Reading—Washington (State)—Seattle
People: Olmstead, Elise

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1924
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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) Seattle
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