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Eleventh Hour: 1906

Eleventh Hour: 1906

Circa 1906. "City Hall, Louisville, Kentucky." Our second look at this imposing edifice. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Doubt it

1906 would be just a bit too early for a vertical antenna of this type. Transmitter frequencies were very low then and the aerials where HUGH, longwire affairs.

[Note the use of masts in Marconi's Cape Cod installation in 1902. - tterrace]

...and considerably more substantial than what we have here - jk

Antenna for what?

Surely that isn't a radio antenna on the top of that building, is it?

[A wireless mast would not be unusual for the period. - tterrace]

My second guess...really! It was!

Pigs Fly!

And a few other animals also, a bit obscured by wires.

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