A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Friday, January 1, 2016
1/1/1952 Orson Welles opens the Black Museum
January 1, 1952. On this day Mutual Broadcasting System began a new radio series, the brain child of Orson Welles. Each episode of The Black Museumoffered what was supposed to be a fictionalized version of the story of an actual item in the famous collection of crime material in the basement of Scotland Yard. The episodes had titles like "Straight Razor," "The Bath Tub," and "A Can of Weed-killer." You get the idea.
The show ran for a year. You can hear episodes of it here.