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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., 1936. "Dept. of Interior exhibit -- kitchen at all electric farm." An early manifestation of the government's push for rural electrification, three years after the Tennessee Valley Authority was created by act of Congress. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
June 7, 1944. "Maser Music showroom, Mission and Washburn streets, San Francisco." On display on D-Day Plus One, a selection of Wurlitzer jukeboxes and two Mills Panoram "Soundies" machines, a sort of early video jukebox that played 16mm film loops of musical acts for a dime. 8x10 inch acetate negative, late of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.
"And on this latest model, they've removed the headphone jack."
San Francisco, 1939. "William Corcoran showroom, Post Street." Distributor of Wurlitzer Simplex jukeboxes as well as the Buckley Music System "Music Box," the mobile version being presented here for appraisal. 8x10 acetate negative, late of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.
Washington, D.C., 1924. "The latest in electric baseball scoreboards. George Coleman, inventor, is shown with the mechanism of the new scoreboard." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
A backstage view of Washington, D.C., inventor George Coleman's "Lifelike Baseball Scoreboard" (seen earlier here and here), which was set up in movie theaters to "broadcast" the home team's away games. "It contains 19,000 feet of wire and has 400 stereopticon slides with an electric light bulb for each slide. Five men are required to operate the great board, including the telegraph operator who receives play-by-play from the field."
UPDATE: Restaurant ID courtesy of Sagitta.
San Francisco circa 1941. "Restaurant counter." And another shot of the Buckley Music System "Music Box." (Selection No. 1: "Three at a Table for Two" by Dick Todd.) 8x10 acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.