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December 19, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Rep. Vincent M. Brennan of Michigan listening in at his office to the debates on the floor of the House. Mr. Brennan has introduced a resolution providing for broadcasting to the country of the proceedings and debates of Congress through the Navy Air Station at Arlington." This is Harris & Ewing's version of the scene first glimpsed here four years ago in a National Photo glass plate. View full size.
1936. Camden, New Jersey. "RCA Victor Final Inspector -- testing radio frequency alignment and making final test of chassis. This takes place in a room entirely surrounded by copper screening in order to protect testing from any interference. This is the job requiring the highest skill. Even technical training, such as an electrical engineering course, must be supplemented by a course of training at the plant for this particular work." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.