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"Jamie -- Wooddale 10-19-57." Our latest slide from the Linda Kodachromes. Construct your own narrative from the various cues and clues! View full size.
Dec. 5, 1929. Ignition interference from airplane engines on aircraft is largely a myth according to C. Francis Jenkins, Washington, D.C., inventor who has designed a radio receiving set which he says does not pick up noises from a flying power plant. In this photograph is shown Mr. Jenkins (right) and his laboratory assistant.
Video pioneer Francis Jenkins, seen here last week, and an anonymous protege who has a telegraph key strapped to his leg. By our reckoning this counts as early mobile texting. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Miss Anita Pollitzer of South Carolina." Suffragist, photographer, future wife of Pete Seeger's uncle, artistic matchmaker for O'Keeffe and Stieglitz. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.