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[REV 25-NOV-2014]

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

Trade You for an iPod: 1979

Trade You for an iPod: 1979

It's a sobering thought that this accumulation of consumer audio gear, though approaching high-end levels but not all that esoteric for the period, may look as archaic to present-day eyes as those examples of enormous, steampunk-like telephone and radio contraptions we've see here on Shorpy. Maybe if it was all black enamel rather than brushed aluminum it wouldn't look so old-hat, er, I mean retro. Of all this stuff all I have left is the turntable; a visiting friend recently took out his cell phone and snapped a photo of it in action, then emailed it to his daughter. He said she'd never seen a record playing.

Lest anyone think that some form of perverse, fetishistic self-absorbtion inspired this as well as Beam Me Up, I took these photos as a status update for a fellow audio and video enthusiast friend who had moved out of state sometime previously.

A Kodachrome slide which, in keeping with the theme of nostalgic technological obsolescence, was processed by Fotomat. View full size.

The Polesters: 1928

The Polesters: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Chesapeake & Potomac telephone school, Georgia Avenue." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Play by Play: 1924

Play by Play: 1924

August 2, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Coleman's scoreboard invention." The scene behind the screen of the Lifelike Baseball Scoreboard. View full size.

 

A Radiola for Every Purse: 1925

A Radiola for Every Purse: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Radio Corporation of America, exhibit." Planted amid the palms: the RCA Radiola 104, Radiola Super VIII and Radiola IIIA, and an assortment of Radiotron tubes. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Gadgeteers: 1922

Gadgeteers: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. The second of two photos with the caption "William Armstrong Perry." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ask a Teenager: 1922

Ask a Teenager: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "William Armstrong Perry." A former editor of Boys Life and Scouting magazines, W.A. Perry authored a study called "Radio in Education." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Office: 1923

The Office: 1923

Washington, D.C., August 1923. "National Highways Association." An interesting variety of business machinery on display here including a Dictaphone and some Ediphone cylinders. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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