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Bi-George: 1925

Bi-George: 1925

September 1, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Judge Geo. H. MacDonald & Geo. G. Adams." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Radio broadcast

I am guessing that this is a radio broadcast from the RCA station, WRC in Washington, DC. The device on the table is a microphone stand containing two carbon button microphones - I have seen similar microphones in other photos from WRC and WJZ in New York, RCA's two stations in the early 20s. Two microphones were often used because the old carbon mics had the bad habit of freezing up, in which case the other microphone would continue the broadcast.

High-end audio

Looks like a remarkably modern avant-garde stereo speaker system!

I guess it's a microphone

But the first thing I thought of was a compound eye!

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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