#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, July 17th, 2013 16:13
#2 By: Taniwha, July 17th, 2013 16:34
it's obviously a staged phone because he's reading it upside down .....
#3 By: kpkpkp, July 17th, 2013 16:44
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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.
#4 By: kmoser, July 17th, 2013 16:53
A young J. Edgar Hoover examines the output from his first automated wiretap.
#5 By: David W. Robinson, July 17th, 2013 17:01
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.
#6 By: phooky, July 17th, 2013 17:02
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.)
#7 By: Bodhipaksa, July 17th, 2013 17:03
According to WIkipedia the (mechanical) fax machine goes back to 1843. That's a real surprise to me.
Fax (short for facsimile), sometimes called telecopying or telefax, is the telephonic transmission of scanned printed material (both text and images), normally to a telephone number connected to a printer or other output device. The original document is scanned with a fax machine (or a telecopier), which processes the contents (text or images) as a single fixed graphic image, converting it into a bitmap, and then transmitting it through the telephone system. The receiving fax machine reconverts t...
#8 By: Jeff Atwood, July 17th, 2013 17:38
Also must-visit http://www.timhunkin.com/
#9 By: Charlie, July 17th, 2013 18:15
Is it just me or does that fellow look like a young Chester Carlson?
#10 By: Mister44, July 17th, 2013 19:04
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!
#11 By: Robert Baruch, July 17th, 2013 22:10
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.
#12 By: Chris, July 18th, 2013 01:06
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.
#13 By: Romano_Fidelio, July 18th, 2013 03:36
this is a bélinograph
Wirephoto or telephotography is the sending of pictures by telegraph or telephone. Western Union transmitted its first halftone photograph in 1921. AT&T followed in 1924, and RCA sent a Radiophoto in 1926. The Associated Press began its Wirephoto service in 1935, and held a trademark on the term AP Wirephoto between 1963 and 2004. The first AP photo sent by wire depicted the crash of a small plane in New York's Adirondack Mountains. Technologically and commercially, the wirephoto was the successo...
#14 By: David Maier, July 18th, 2013 10:01
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.
#15 By: Mark Frauenfelder, July 22nd, 2013 16:13
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