I bought this book in a flea market because of the last page in it, a poem “To One Who Does Not Care For Poetry,” which I love. (Read it below) Of course, then I had to investigate who Tony Wons was–check out that snazzy photo of him!
Tony (real name–Anthony Snow) was a radio personality in the 1930’s with a poetry and philosophy show called Tony’s Scrapbook. Oh yeah. According to the Concise Encyclopedia of Radio History, Wons/Snow “gave down-home wisdom and commentary mixed with sentimental verse from such sources as Good Housekeeping and Redbook, as well as drawing occasionally from literary giants.”
“Won’s gentle, intimate-sounding delivery made him a favorite with female listeners.” He may have been wooing the females, but he appeared to be a bit of a hermit, too, according to this Milkwaukee Journal article, which described Wons living in NYC and missing his life in the Canadian wilderness where he had a pet deer.
I’d like to hear his voice to see if his intimate delivery would woo me!
Also, check out the dedication page–It was bought for someone named “Cupcake.” Sweet.
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Pleased to have found your charming blog and I’ll be back to,read more. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).