frauenfelder at July 17th, 2013 16:13 — #1
taniwha at July 17th, 2013 16:34 — #2
it's obviously a staged phone because he's reading it upside down .....
kpkpkp at July 17th, 2013 16:44 — #3
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Msg for Comdr St. Clair When may we expect Seattle to transmit test pictures.
It appears to me the usefulness of further transmitting by us is questionable
and unless you can send, tests may as well be suspended. Bruce.
kmoser at July 17th, 2013 16:53 — #4
A young J. Edgar Hoover examines the output from his first automated wiretap.
dwrob at July 17th, 2013 17:01 — #5
This technology was invented in the 2nd decade of the 20th century. It's not so different from the ancient Unifax machine I tended at a newspaper in the 1970s. It used an electrified spiral wire wrapped around a spinning drum that trapped the paper against a straight metal blade as it scrolled by. Magic happened. Either the electricity or the solution on the paper dissolved the blade and it had to be changed all the time.
phooky at July 17th, 2013 17:02 — #6
Fax machines are, in principle, much older than that. As usual, Tim Hunkin explains everything:
http://youtu.be/IaCfs5Xb-EI?t=5m25s(Skip to 5:25 for an example from the 1800's.)
bodhipaksa at July 17th, 2013 17:03 — #7
According to WIkipedia the (mechanical) fax machine goes back to 1843. That's a real surprise to me.
codinghorror at July 17th, 2013 17:38 — #8
Also must-visit http://www.timhunkin.com/
medievalist at July 17th, 2013 18:15 — #9
Is it just me or does that fellow look like a young Chester Carlson?
mister44 at July 17th, 2013 19:04 — #10
Caption: Good news, everyone! I just discovered I inherited a small fortune from the Prince of Nigeria, and found away to increase my penis size!
robert_c_baruch at July 17th, 2013 22:10 — #11
Man: Someone has appeared to put a picture of a cat at the bottom of this facsimile. Also a message: "I am in your machine, wasting your ink. Sincerely, A. Cat." How peculiar! This could catch on.
penguinchris at July 18th, 2013 01:06 — #12
There's a resemblance, but he was 21 in 1927 (and his hairline is different).
That makes this off topic, but, the science and engineering library at the University of Rochester is named after Carlson (presumably it was paid for by Xerox, which is headquartered in Rochester), and there's a neat little exhibit about him with lots of photos and a reproduction of his famous first xerography experiment and first prototype xerox machine. I worked in the library as an undergrad there and looked at everything in the exhibit dozens of times (to waste time).
Anyway - if you look at the high-res photo at shorpy - http://www.shorpy.com/node/15583?size=_original#caption - the message on the paper appears to exist on the glass cylinder in the back as well. Wonder how it works.
romano_fidelio at July 18th, 2013 03:36 — #13
this is a bélinograph
drdave at July 18th, 2013 10:01 — #14
Some people think that a fax machine works by sending little strips of paper through the tubes. But that's ridiculous. Only the ink goes through the tubes.
frauenfelder at July 22nd, 2013 16:13 — #15
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