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Miracle in Moscow: 1959

Miracle in Moscow: 1959

March 1959. "Home economist Anne Anderson demonstrating the RCA-Whirlpool 'Miracle Kitchen of the Future,' a display at the American National Exhibition in Moscow." Kodachrome by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "What the Russians Will See." View full size.

 

On My Radar: 1952

On My Radar: 1952

September 1952. "Man in an airport control tower looking at radar screen. Also other equipment used by air traffic controllers." Acetate negative from the Look magazine assignment "International Airport." View full size.

 

The Dirt Show: 1937

The Dirt Show: 1937

November 1937. "Radio microphone used in information work. United States Department of Agriculture." The subject here seems to be soil conservation. Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Calutron Girls: 1944

Calutron Girls: 1944

Clinton Engineer Works, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1944. "Calutron Girls -- Gladys Owens (foreground), one of the workers monitoring 'Calutron' mass spectrometers at the Y-12 uranium isotope separation and enrichment plant. Like many of these women, she did not realize the significance of her work in the development of the first atomic bomb until long after the war had ended." Photo by Ed Westcott, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. View full size.

 

Future Tents: 1959

Future Tents: 1959

"1959 Ford Country Squire with pushbutton 'Station Wagon Living' equipment." Color transparency from the Ford Motor Co. photographic archive. View full size.

FORD WILL EXHIBIT PLUSH CAMP WAGON

        In the experimental station wagon developed by Ford Motor Co., the outdoorsman with a strong push-button finger can set up camp without getting out of the car. First public showing of the easy-does-it camping equipment will be at Eastland Center in Harper Woods ... (Continue reading)

-- News item, Detroit Free Press, 1958

Edison Phonographs: 1906

Edison Phonographs: 1906

1906. "Twenty-Eighth Street, Newport News, Virginia." The go-to place for gadgets like gramophones and "Kodaks." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

The Singing Valise: 1922

The Singing Valise: 1922

April 1922. Chicago. "The Singing Valise -- F.W. Dunmore, of the U.S. Bureau of Standards radio laboratory, with radio built in suitcase." Underwood & Underwood photo. View full size.

CARRIES RECEIVING SET
ABOUT IN SUIT CASE

Government Expert Astounds Gathering of Engineers With Demonstration of Singing Valise -- Explains Small Instrument Capable of Controlling Mechanism at Great Distances

        CHICAGO, May 19 -- "The Singing Valise," or "Talks-as-it-walks," may be the latest thing in radiotelephone reception, displayed to the amazement of delegates attending the American Institute of Engineers meeting here last month at the Drake Hotel, by F.W. Dunmore of the radio laboratory of the U.S. Bureau of Standards. Incidentally, it may be pointed out that the engineers at their spring meeting are paying a great deal of attention to radio ...

 

The Spirit of Radio: 1909

The Spirit of Radio: 1909

"Radio broadcasting (boy with wireless set)." Underwood & Underwood photo. View full size.

 

Plugged In: 1941

Plugged In: 1941

December 1941. "Telephone operators at Aberdeen proving grounds. They live in dormitory for defense workers. Aberdeen, Maryland." Acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

The Big Dig: 1941

The Big Dig: 1941

August 1941. "Albany iron mine. Hibbing, Minnesota." A Bucyrus-Erie Model 54-B electric shovel. Acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Protected: 1936

Protected: 1936

Oct. 15, 1936. Washington, D.C. "Protection against that dreaded disease Silicosis is assured underground workers with this new sand-blasting helmet developed by William P. Biggs, Safety Engineer of the Navy Department. Weighing only 43 ounces, the helmet has been tested for nearly a year in various naval stations throughout the country." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

National Cash Register: 1904

National Cash Register: 1904

Dayton, Ohio, 1904. "Tool room of the National Cash Register Co." A case study in belt-and-pulley power transmission. George R. Lawrence Co. photo. View full size.

 

Test Pilot: 1958

Test Pilot: 1958

May 1958. "Lt. Commander George Watkins in flight suit in cockpit of jet fighter." Kodachrome by Frank Bauman for the Look magazine assignment "Navy Test Pilot." View full size.

Municipal Elevator: 1940

Municipal Elevator: 1940

April 1940. Dubuque, Iowa. "Elevator which ascends from downtown district to residential section of bluffs." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Crank Call: 1940

Crank Call: 1940

April 1940. "Lady signaling operator on old-style telephone. Scranton, Iowa." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
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