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Linked In: 1924

Linked In: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "By merely plugging the head telephone in the wall above the bed, each bedridden soldier in Walter Reed Hospital is provided with radio entertainment. A central radio system in the basement of this hospital feeds 900 head telephones scattered throughout the building." View full size.

 

Just One of Those Things: 1926

Just One of Those Things: 1926

May 1926. "NO CAPTION." We can guess what you're thinking -- "Boy, been awhile since I saw one of those," or "They don't make 'em like that any more!" And you'd probably be right. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Just the Fax: 1927

Just the Fax: 1927

Washington, D.C., 1927. No caption on this Harris & Ewing glass plate of what seems to be facsimile equipment. View full size.

 

Dish Network: 1931

Dish Network: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. "National Broadcasting Co." A parabolic microphone, maybe, or high-tech salad bowl. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Flow Master: 1940

Flow Master: 1940

September 1940. "Control room, waterworks. Conduit Road, Washington, D.C." Photo by Edwin Rosskam, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

KTLA-Bomb: 1952

KTLA-Bomb: 1952

1952. "Journalists standing in front of a KTLA television truck at Camp Mercury Proving Grounds; present to record an atomic bomb detonation in the Nevada desert." Photo by Maurice Terrell for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Radio Ward: 1924

Radio Ward: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. GI tunes: "Walter Reed Hospital. Scene in ward where the bed of every soldier is equipped with a set of radio earphones. This is the first hospital in the country to be completely equipped." View full size.

 
 
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