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Political Foes? Nonsense! All Is Harmony! -- April Fool's Day, 1935

Here is the first picture of the new Harmony Three formed by Father Coughlin, Senator Long and General Johnson. After weeks of bitter wrangling about financial problems they have accepted a vaudeville contract which solves for them, personally, at least, all further worries about money. They were snapped during a rehearsal of their opening number, which begins like this:

Oh, we're Charley and Huey and Hugh!
We're pals: no hooey—that's true!
The state of the nation—depression—inflation
No longer makes each of us blue—hey-hey!
For we're Charley and Huey and Hugh.

Note how enthusiastically the General, who sings bass, is coming in on the last note. Each member of the trio also does a specialty turn. Father Coughlin sings: 'Love Thy Neighbor.' Senator Long performs a political contortion by straddling a fence, keeping an ear to the ground, and playing 'Every Man a King' on the big bassoon— all at the same time. General Johnson does an interpretive dance, 'The Dying Eagle,' in the manner of Mary Wigman.

[Picture distributed by the Newspaper Enterprise Association]

April Fool Categories: Politics, 1935, Photo Hoaxes.
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