Full caption: Allen Prescott of the radio program Wife Saver. Publicity photograph from Prescott's personal scrapbook. Recorded Sound Reference Center, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Full caption: Allen Prescott of the radio program Wife Saver. Publicity photograph from Prescott's personal scrapbook. Recorded Sound Reference Center, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Five mornings a week, from 1932 to 1942, Allen Prescott, host of the program Wife Saver, greeted his faithful audience of housewives with a cheery, “Hello, girls.” Prescott, who sometimes received as many as five hundred letters a week from women all over the country, solved some of life's more mundane problems by offering such homey advice and household tips as how to get meat out of the can, where to store hats, and how to make new silk stockings last longer. Prescott's signature sign-off, “Mrs. Housewife, I hope there's nothing burning,” typifies his droll delivery.

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