Thursday, June 12, 2014

Manual of Wireless Telegraphy 1915

Steve Davis sent me some scans, and I cleaned them up in my usual obsessive fashion. We considered whether it made sense to scan the whole thing and issue it as an e-book, but in the end it seemed like not enough people would buy it to justify the labor. However, here are the four test pages we did, so enjoy!

As always, you can click on the object to produce the largest version.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Early Adopter

Today it's smartphones, but in the early days of radio it was kids showing grandfathers how it worked. By Norman Rockwell, no less. Thanks to Jim Haack at powerangers for the scan.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wireless on the Great Lakes, 1908

Here's a page from POPULAR ELECTRICITY for July, 1908. The writeup discusses how wireless is being used on the <i>City of Cleveland</i>, and a couple of pictures illustrate the tale. Here's the text (click to read) and larger versions of the two photos that accompany. (The last little bit of text is left as an exercise for the reader.) The cover of this issue of the magazine can be seen on the website.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Early Andrae Radio Catalog: 1923

Just the cover, but pretty evocative. Click to enlarge.

Thanks to Jim Haack at powerangers, who scanned the cover for us this afternoon.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Wireless Telephone Apparatus 1907

From the article "The Age of Electric Servants," in the July, 1907 issue of THE WORLD'S WORK, a monthly news and commentary magazine aimed at business and government leaders of the time. Click to see larger version.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Shipboard Radio Room, 1913

It's an ad for Fatima Cigarettes, and it appeared in the January 25, 1913 issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.

I'm not going to make any assumptions about the accuracy of the equipment shown here, though it was undoubtedly drawn by an artist working from a photograph of an actual installation. The two-color printing works pretty well here, in contrast to some of the other ads from this series (click here and then choose "next" to see some more). As always, click the image for a larger version.