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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Money Machine: 1920

Money Machine: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Post Office money order machine." A sort of typewriter-cash register hybrid. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Wireless Iconograph: 1912

Wireless Iconograph: 1912

Turin, Italy, circa 1912. "Bernocchi (left) and wireless iconograph." The inventor Francesco de Bernocchi and his fax-like device, which by means of "Hertzian waves" was said to facilitate the "exact wireless transmission of messages, sketches, autographs, shorthand and other signs, with a secrecy hitherto unattained." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Texting: 1917

Texting: 1917

New York, August 1917. "Wireless instruction -- Pratt Institute." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Sales Pitch: 1928

Sales Pitch: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "T.R. Shipp -- Star Radio." Shipp, the client for whom this photo was made, was Atwater Kent's public relations guru. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Parezo Electric: 1923

Parezo Electric: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Geo. W. Parezo electric shop, interior." Our fourth glimpse at the Parezo electrical supply store on Ninth Street. View full size.

 

Last Rose of Summer: 1921

Last Rose of Summer: 1921

New York, 1921. "Victor record display, New York Band Instrument Co. window." Over two dozen Nippers here by my count, as well as some handsome Victrolas in the kind of place that was the Apple Store of its day. View full size.

 

Desk Radio: 1926

Desk Radio: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Industrial Exposition. Frank R. Porter -- booth at auditorium." With neighboring displays on telephone etiquette and the Morris Plan Bank. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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