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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • AUSTRALIA TRAVEL, c. 1930

Five-Tube Chassis: 1937

Five-Tube Chassis: 1937

March 1937. "Camden, New Jersey. RCA Victor. Five-tube chassis assembly line." Radio like Grandma used to make. Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Car Radio: 1924

Car Radio: 1924

1924. Washington, D.C. "Auto equipped with radio (made for Potomac Electric Power Co.)" Another look at the high-tech Model T seen here a few days ago. Can the 8-Track be far behind? Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

T-Tunes: 1924

T-Tunes: 1924

1924. Washington, D.C. "Auto equipped with radio (made for Potomac Electric Power Co.)" Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Instant Message: 1942

Instant Message: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. These pneumatic tubes in the Illinois Central Railroad yardmaster's office connect him with the general office." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Telegraph Switchboard: 1943

Telegraph Switchboard: 1943

January 1943. "Chicago Union Station. Telegraph switchboard of the Pennsylvania Railroad." Continuing our tour of Union Station. Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Well Connected: 1922

Well Connected: 1922

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.

 

Electric Code Machine: 1923

Electric Code Machine: 1923

March 1923. Washington, D.C. "Western Union telegram -- electric code machine." Jazz Age cryptography? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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