Today on WTOP: Esther Williams (1952)

This is a gem that I found in the January 5th, 1952 Washington Post. Esther Williams was a big deal in the 1950s as kind of  a Jennifer Aniston. She was a former synchronized swimmer and star of the silver screen, working with contemporaries like Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford and Lucille Ball. Esther was an A-list celebrity, so having her on our local radio station, WTOP, was big.

With Van Johnson, they recreated — in audio — their musical romantic comedy, Duchess of Idaho.

Today on WTOP - January 5th, 1952
Today on WTOP - January 5th, 1952

The movie trailer is amusing. It’s so different than the ones we see today.

Here’s a another photo of this 50s pin-up girl.

Esther Williams - 1945 pin-up photo
Esther Williams - 1945 pin-up photo

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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