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Ear Buds: 1924

Ear Buds: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Radio at Garfield Hospital." Someday, fellows, they'll make a telegraph you can carry around in your pocket! View full size.


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Evidently you tune it by moving a tap on the coil, changing inductance rather than capacitance.

Garfield Hospital

John Kelly of the Washington Post wrote on 1/14/07:

Garfield Hospital was envisioned as a memorial to President James A. Garfield, who died from an assassin's bullet in 1881. "The hospital is designed to be as wide in its scope of beneficence as was the kindly heart of the dead President in its outstretch of human sympathies," read an early appeal for donations.

The hospital opened in 1884 on Florida Avenue NW between 10th and 11th streets and from the start treated all races. It eventually grew to a sprawling and somewhat ramshackle campus of more than a dozen buildings. Garfield closed in 1958, along with Emergency Hospital and the Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Those three merged to become Washington Hospital Center. (For more on the history of Washington's hospitals, visit the National Library of Medicine at:

The Sound of the Ocean

Without an antenna and ground wire, they're hearing the same program you receive holding a seashell to your ear.

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