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FSA to NBC: 1942

FSA to NBC: 1942

June 1942. Bridgeton, New Jersey. "National Broadcasting Company, making a record for national use, at FSA agricultural camp for workers, many migrants, employed at Seabrook Farms. Man holding paper is a member of the camp's governing council; camp nurse, Miss Mary Alsop, at left." Photo by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

THINK: 1941

THINK: 1941

December 1941. "Washington apartment house turned into office space for the Foreign Function Bureau." Acetate negative by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bell System: 1942

Bell System: 1942

July 1942. "Oakridge, Oregon. Population 520. Town telephone switchboard." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Frigidaire Flair: 1960

Frigidaire Flair: 1960

November 1960. New York. "General Motors Motorama '61 at the Waldorf-Astoria. 'Ideas for Living' exhibit features model kitchen with two-oven Frigidaire Flair range with pull-out burners, mounted on a slim pedestal rising from a bed of growing plants. 'About-Face' pantry has hidden shelves that pivot out from storage wall at the touch of a button." View full size.

 

Live Third Rail: 1907

Live Third Rail: 1907

Circa 1907. "Electric locomotive, New York Central & Hudson River R.R." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Do Touch That Dial: 1957

Do Touch That Dial: 1957

From September 1957 in Columbus, Georgia, comes this next entry from the Amateur Radio file, starring K4JNL (Eddy Kosobucki). Plus: Riddles, Riddles, RIDDLES. Air conditioning by Philco. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Hamateur: 1946

Hamateur: 1946

From November 1946 comes this sighting of the rare Double-Breasted Ham, now believed to be extinct, in its natural woodsy habitat. The male's distinctive call could be heard for miles. 4x5 inch acetate negative fron the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Ham Dad: 1960

Ham Dad: 1960

From Columbus, Georgia, around 1960 comes this News Archive photo of an amateur radio operator and his assistant, "Shortwave" Sally. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

 

Project Turnkey: 1963

Project Turnkey: 1963

February 7, 1963. Providence, Rhode Island. "Post Office employees sitting at Central Control System overlooking work area." 35mm acetate negative by Thomas J. O'Halloran for the U.S. News & World Report assignment "Automated Post Office." View full size.

1959: "A Post Office Ordered With Full Automation"

        WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 -- Orders for the construction of "Project Turnkey," the nation's first fully mechanized Post Office, were given today by Postmaster Arthur E. Summerfield. The office will be built and equipped in Providence, R.I., by Intelex Systems Inc. of New York for an estimated cost of $20 million. Intelex, a subsidiary of International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, will then lease it to the Post Office Department for twenty years at an annual rental of $1.4 million. The mail will be entirely handled by machinery ... " (N.Y. Times, Feb. 4, 1959)

1961: "House Group Finds Automated P.O. 'Fails Miserably' "

        A House subcommittee charged yesterday that Project Turnkey, the new automated post office in Providence, R.I., has "failed miserably" to meet expectations and that its cost to the Government appears to be "grossly excessive." (Washington Post, March 2, 1961)

 

Academy of Music: 1905

Academy of Music: 1905

Philadelphia, 1905. "American Academy of Music." With two examples of that latest thing in signage, the electric carriage call. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Device: 1928

The Device: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "NO CAPTION" is all it says here. Whatever this is, wires are involved. 4x5 inch glass negative, Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Print Shop: 1922

Print Shop: 1922

January 1922. Washington, D.C. "Machinists' Association -- printers." Activities relating to the International Association of Machinists. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Radio Noir: 1926

Radio Noir: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Thos. R. Shipp Co. -- Atwater Kent window display at Little & Company, 13th & I Streets N.W." More specifically, the Atwater Kent Model 30 radio. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

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.

 
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