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This early prototype "Go-Ogle Auto-Rig" was operated by a driver and a lensman who fed motion picture film into the 360-degree camera at the rate of 90 feet per minute. After being conveyed through the mobile developing tank, footage was viewed using a stereopticon indexed to a telephone directory.
March 26, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Test car, Bureau of Standards." See above for details. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
1924. Washington, D.C. "In recognition of his having conducted the most successful radio exhibition in the U.S., Alfred Stern, director of Washington's first radio exposition, was presented with this elaborate loop antenna by Dr. J. Harris Rogers, famous inventor. It is estimated that 50,000 persons attended this exhibition." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Coin-operated radio in barbershop." Seen earlier outdoors. A closeup of the instructions for the set, provided by American Field Glass Service (which also supplied, we would guess, coin-operated binoculars and telescopes) can be seen here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
July 1924. "A new use for discarded automobile horns has been discovered by Dr. William C. Fowler, health officer of Washington, D.C. Dr. Fowler has adapted an old rams-horn type auto horn, a relic of the days when they blew them with bulbs, and fitted it to his radio to serve as a loudspeaker. This gives as good a tone as any he could buy, he says." This photo of Dr. Fowler tuning a Freed-Eisemann Neutrodyne receiver clears up the minor mystery of who this is. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.