Posted 11 years ago
Charlie McCarthy and Edger Bergen were one of the top acts during the Golden Age of Radio. Their show dominated radio from 1937 to 1956. Every Sunday night they reach millions and millions of listeners. Edgar Bergen capitalized on his huge listening audience by merchandizing his two main characters, Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd, on everything from toy dolls, radios, games, cup, comics, rings, spoons and just about anything else that was produced at the time.
Today, we take for granite the merchandizing of television and movie characters but it was Edgar Bergen's Charlie McCarthy and Motrimer Snerd that were some of the first. Collecting Bergen and McCarthy memorabilia is fun because it's truly old, historic, and the were a huge variety of items produced. Many of these great collectables are very inexpensive to collect.
For more on Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy memorabilia and radio history go to: http://www.radiostratosphere.com/zsite/behind-the-dial/fallwinter-exhibiton.html