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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.

 

It's Complicated: 1906

It's Complicated: 1906

"Start of super heating union. [Inventor Charles S.L. Baker and another man, possibly his brother Peter, standing behind heating (radiator) system.]" Photo by Bode, Fifth and Felix Streets, St. Joseph, Missouri. Copyright by Charles S.L. Baker, Feb. 12, 1906. View full size.

 

Weather Center: 1941

Weather Center: 1941

July 1941. "Municipal airport, Washington, D.C. -- In the teletype room, where weather data and other information is constantly being received." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Heavy Lifter: 1906

Heavy Lifter: 1906

Calumet, Michigan, circa 1906. "Copper mining. Hoisting engine, Tamarack No. 5 Shaft." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Battle Stations: 1942

Battle Stations: 1942

November 12, 1942. "Jap radio tuned in on U.S. -- Marine communicators found this radio set which was left behind by the Japs on Guadalcanal, and use it to listen in on U.S. broadcasts in their leisure time. The Marines are (left to right) Cpl. James Shadduck, Pvt. Alex N. Incinelli, Pvt. Robert Galer, Cpl. Sidney B. Land and Pvt. Arthur D. Roda, and part of their job is to see that the messages get through." New York World-Telegram & Sun newsphoto. View full size.

 

Televisionary: 1923

Televisionary: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Inventor C. Francis Jenkins with most recent invention, radio camera with which it will be possible to send pictures by wireless. He hopes to be able to broadcast moving pictures of national events to distant cities immediately after they are photographed." The Jenkins Radio-Picture Transmitter with "prismatic rings." Click here for more electro-mechanical television photos. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
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