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The Enormous Radio: 1942

The Enormous Radio: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "Broadcast tower at Howard University during commencement exercises." With apologies to John Cheever. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Edifice Drex: 1900

Edifice Drex: 1900

Circa 1900. "Drexel Institute, Philadelphia." Attended by an assortment of superannuated streetlights. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

The Experiment: 1942

The Experiment: 1942

October 1942. "Colorado School of Mines at Golden. Chemical prospecting for oil becomes more important as the war goes on and the demand for oil increases. Petroleum engineers call chemical prospecting the first scientific approach to the detection of oil in the earth. The big glass condensers, with which these engineering students are working with a professor of geophysics, are used in a soil analysis test. The percentage of wax left as residue at the end of the experiment indicates the nearness of petroleum to the site from which the soil sample was taken." Photo by Andreas Feininger, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

His Own Devices: 1900

His Own Devices: 1900

Circa 1900. "A.W. McCurdy machine." The inventor Arthur Williams McCurdy (1856-1923), a contemporary of Alexander Graham Bell. 5x7 inch glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

Radio Highlights: 1957

Radio Highlights: 1957

December 1957. Washington, D.C. "Man with broadcast listings; woman tunes radio." The console set, seen earlier here, is evidently a portable, or maybe this is a two-radio household. News Photo Archive 35mm negative. View full size.

 

Do Touch That Dial: 1957

Do Touch That Dial: 1957

        "Dick turned the volume up to 11 to drown out the sound of Mary's infernal pecking, while silently she plotted her revenge. Well, not really silently -- Mary was typing her plan at the kitchen table."

December 1957. Washington, D.C. "Man tuning console radio while woman in next room types." 35mm negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Isolette: 1962

Isolette: 1962

Chicago circa 1962. "Miss Eileen Dawson of American City Bureau at Tri-State Hospital Assembly exposition. Air-Shields Inc. Isolette incubator display." 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

A Series of Tubes: 1943

A Series of Tubes: 1943

June 1943. Washington, D.C. "Miss Helen Ringwald, employee at the Western Union telegraph office, works with the pneumatic tubes through which messages are sent to branches in other parts of the city for delivery." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Laboratory Conditions: 1928

Laboratory Conditions: 1928

Circa 1928. "Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Sanitarium laboratory." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Breadalyzer: 1922

Breadalyzer: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Department of Agriculture. First device to accurately measure a loaf of bread in cubic centimeters has been perfected by Bureau of Agricultural Economics." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Naval Gazer: 1924

Naval Gazer: 1924

August 18, 1924. "Prof. Hall of Naval Observatory with 26-inch telescope." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cyber Monday: 1924

Cyber Monday: 1924

November 24, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Computing Division, soldiers' bonus." Clerks at the "Bonus Bureau" calculating benefits for World War I veterans. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cigarettes: 1965

Cigarettes: 1965

April 20, 1965. "Vending Machines, Cigarettes." 35mm negative by Marion S. Trikosko for U.S. News & World Report. View full size.

 

All Electric Farm: 1936

All Electric Farm: 1936

Washington, D.C., 1936. "Dept. of Interior exhibit -- kitchen at all electric farm." An early manifestation of the government's push for rural electrification, three years after the Tennessee Valley Authority was created by act of Congress. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Plug-and-Play: 1944

Plug-and-Play: 1944

June 7, 1944. "Maser Music showroom, Mission and Washburn streets, San Francisco." On display on D-Day Plus One, a selection of Wurlitzer jukeboxes and two Mills Panoram "Soundies" machines, a sort of early video jukebox that played 16mm film loops of musical acts for a dime. 8x10 inch acetate negative, late of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 
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