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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Wireless Telegraph: 1920

Wireless Telegraph: 1920

"Amateur Wireless Station" with headset circa 1920. Note photo of the young operator. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

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Who is this op?

He looks like one of the guys in the old photos of Marconi ops -- like on Titanic, etc.

Operator ID

That operator looks vaguely familiar. Either I've seen this photo before or the operator is famous.

I believe the operator is F.E. Handy, W1BDI, well known ARRL headquarters communications manager. There is a much later (1942) photo of him on the cover of the April, 1989 issue of QST.

Professional looking installation.

From Such Humble Beginnings...

...grew broadcasting and other radio services which we know today.

Excellent photo. :)

Hand-drawn spark

The hand-drawn spark scratched into the negative is kinda cool.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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