Robert L. Ripley

LeRoy Robert Ripley (December 25, 1890 – May 27, 1949) was an American cartoonist, entrepreneur, and amateur anthropologist who is known for creating the Ripley's Believe It or Not! newspaper panel series, radio show, and television show which feature odd facts from around the world.

Subjects covered in Ripley's cartoons and text ranged from sports feats to little-known facts about unusual and exotic sites. But what ensured the concept's popularity may have been that he also included items submitted by readers, who supplied photographs of a wide variety of small-town American trivia ranging from unusually shaped vegetables to oddly marked domestic animals, all documented by photographs and then depicted by his drawings.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1890 (Santa Rosa), Died 1949 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-82424 10-in. 4/19/1934 Believe it or not talk by Ripley Robert L. Ripley Talk speaker  
Victor LBS-82425 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 4/19/1934 Believe it or not talk by Ripley Robert L. Ripley Talk speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ripley, Robert L.," accessed July 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102663.

Ripley, Robert L.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102663.

"Ripley, Robert L.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102663

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