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Microphones Collection

"Capturing the Power of Voices: Microphones through Time" From Freddie Mercury belting out iconic anthems with his trusty microphone

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Freddie Mercury, lead singer of British rock group Queen

Freddie Mercury, lead singer of British rock group Queen, performing on stage at Wembley Stadium during the Live Aid concert. 13th July 1985

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Julie Ege records a John Lennon song. Julie Ege, the Norwegian film

Julie Ege records a John Lennon song. Julie Ege, the Norwegian film and television actress has started a new career as a pop singer

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Morrissey, lead singer of Manchester group The Smiths, performing in concert

Morrissey, lead singer of Manchester group The Smiths, performing in concert. 12th March 1984

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium, Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury on stage

Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium, Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury on stage, Saturday 13th July 1985

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Steve Kember, Dave Webb, Charlie Cook and Paddy Mulligan of Chelsea football club record

Steve Kember, Dave Webb, Charlie Cook and Paddy Mulligan of Chelsea football club record Blue is the Colour for their sides League Cup Final match against Stoke City at Wembley. 3rd February 1972

Background imageMicrophones Collection: WW2 Paris Liberation - Eisenhower - Tomb of Unknown Soldier

WW2 Paris Liberation - Eisenhower - Tomb of Unknown Soldier
WW2 - Paris Liberation - General Dwight D Eisenhower at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, Arch de Triomphe, Paris, France. Date: 1945

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Tufts Has Radio Faculty

Tufts Has Radio Faculty
Medford, Massachusetts: March 26, 1922 Tufts College has the first radio faculty in the country. Thirteen faculty members will give their lectures through the radiophone at the American Radio

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Bicycle Broadcasting

Bicycle Broadcasting
Washington, D.C.: May 30, 1936 Star NBC sports announcer Jim McGrath and NBC engineer Phil Merryman commandeer a tandem bicycle to be able to announce the 25 mile marathon today in Washington, D.C

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Police radio operators

Police radio operators

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Arrangement of microphones on either side of the prompt box on the stage of the Theatre Francais

Arrangement of microphones on either side of the prompt box on the stage of the Theatre Francais, 1881
3479960 Arrangement of microphones on either side of the prompt box on the stage of the Theatre Francais, 1881; (add.info)

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Quintet in New York, 1891

Quintet in New York, 1891
3479260 Quintet in New York, 1891; (add.info.: Quintet in New York, playing into 4 microphones, given a concert which is being transmitted by telephone to an audience in Newton, Mass)

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Mr Harold Wilson, Mrs Bessie Braddock, Giles Wilson, Mrs Wilson

Mr Harold Wilson, Mrs Bessie Braddock, Giles Wilson, Mrs Wilson and Ken Dodd on stage at the Cavern Club. 25th July 1966

Background imageMicrophones Collection: 2003 Austrian GP

2003 Austrian GP
RED BULL RING, AUSTRIA - MAY 18: Michael Schumacher during the Austrian GP at Red Bull Ring on May 18, 2003 in Red Bull Ring, Austria. (Photo by Rainer Schlegelmilch)

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium. Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury on stage

Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium. Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury on stage. 13th July 1985

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Frankie Howerd with Norman Wisdom, Joan Greenwood and Eric Porter recording comedy sketch

Frankie Howerd with Norman Wisdom, Joan Greenwood and Eric Porter recording comedy sketch for Forces Radio - November 1950

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Margaret Thatcher giving speech watched by Mrs Indira Ghandi in India - April 1981

Margaret Thatcher giving speech watched by Mrs Indira Ghandi in India - April 1981

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Tony Sibson relinquished his European and Commonwealth titles to ensure he got the right

Tony Sibson relinquished his European and Commonwealth titles to ensure he got the right preparation for his tilt at Marvin Haglers WBC and WBA middleweight titles

Background imageMicrophones Collection: American evangelist Billy Graham visits Burtonwood in Lancashire to give a speech during

American evangelist Billy Graham visits Burtonwood in Lancashire to give a speech during his visit to England. Picture shows some of the huge crowd gathered to watch him. 11th May 1954

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Singer and musician Roy Orbison performing on stage at the De Montfort Hall in April

Singer and musician Roy Orbison performing on stage at the De Montfort Hall in April, 1966

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Pop group Wings performing at the Odeon, Leicester. Singer Paul McCartney

Pop group Wings performing at the Odeon, Leicester. Singer Paul McCartney. 9th July 1973

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Muhammad Ali at a press conference for his World Title fight against Leon Spinks

Muhammad Ali at a press conference for his World Title fight against Leon Spinks. Ali won on points to win the World Title for a third time. 17th September 1978

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Muhammad Ali with Dustin Hoffman at the weigh-in ahead of his third fight with Ken Norton

Muhammad Ali with Dustin Hoffman at the weigh-in ahead of his third fight with Ken Norton. 28th September 1976

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Muhammad Ali at a press conference with Phillip 'Chip'McAllister, left

Muhammad Ali at a press conference with Phillip "Chip"McAllister, left
Muhammad Ali at a press conference with Phillip " Chip" McAllister, left, and James Leroy Smith, who play him in his younger days in an upcoming film, " The Greatest

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Boxing at Albert Hall. Mohammad Ali and John Conteh. December 1974

Boxing at Albert Hall. Mohammad Ali and John Conteh. December 1974

Background imageMicrophones Collection: American rock singer Alice Cooper performing in concert at the Hammersmith Odeon during

American rock singer Alice Cooper performing in concert at the Hammersmith Odeon during his Special Forces tour. 17th February 1982

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Betsy the singing sheep who recorded song Baa Baa 1989

Betsy the singing sheep who recorded song Baa Baa 1989

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Eric Clapton in concert at the Royal Albert Hall January 1987

Eric Clapton in concert at the Royal Albert Hall January 1987

Background imageMicrophones Collection: A technician adjusts the microphones for astronaut Virg?

A technician adjusts the microphones for astronaut Virg?
A technician adjusts the microphones for astronaut Virgil ?Gus? Grissom prior to his delayed flight which was cancelled due to bad weather, 19 July 1961. Date: 1961

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Fidel Castro Alejandro Ruz Cuban Communist Communism

Fidel Castro Alejandro Ruz Cuban Communist Communism
fidel, castro, alejandro, ruz, cuban, communist, communism, left, wing, politics, political, politician, president, cuba, 1970s, 70s, seventies, uniform, people, clapping, applauding, microphones

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Major Faure Chomon with gift cartons, Cuba

Major Faure Chomon with gift cartons, Cuba
Major Faure Chomon, Communications Minister for Cuba, holding up so-called gift cartons from American CIA agents. The cartons were found to contain weapons parts, ammunition and grenades. Date: 1963

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Prescott John Leslie Baron Labour Socialist Socialism

Prescott John Leslie Baron Labour Socialist Socialism
prescott, john, leslie, baron, labour, socialist, socialism, politics, political, politician, government, minister, speaking, microphone, microphones, conference, hand, gesture, pointing, finger

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury

Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury
Arthur Michael Ramsey, Baron Ramsey of Canterbury (1904-1988), the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury (1961-1974). Seen here giving a speech in front of several microphones. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageMicrophones Collection: John Prescott, Labour politician

John Prescott, Labour politician
John Prescott (John Leslie Prescott, Baron Prescott, b 1938), Labour politician and government minister, seen here speaking at a conference about the Eurotunnel Project. Date: circa 1990s

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Helmut Schmidt, German Social Democrat politician

Helmut Schmidt, German Social Democrat politician
Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt (b 1918), German Social Democrat politician, served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. Seen here giving a speech at a podium. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Svetlana Stalin, writer, daughter of Josef Stalin

Svetlana Stalin, writer, daughter of Josef Stalin
Svetlana Stalin (Svetlana Iosifovna Alliluyeva, aka Stalina, later Lana Peters, 1926-2011), writer, youngest child and only daughter of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his second wife

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Karl Marx monument, Moscow, Russia

Karl Marx monument, Moscow, Russia
The Karl Marx monument in Teatralnaya Square, Moscow, Russia, around the time of its unveiling in 1961. It was carved on the spot from a 200 ton block of granite

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Tony Benn, Labour politician, giving a speech

Tony Benn, Labour politician, giving a speech
Tony Benn (Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, 1925-2014), Labour politician, former Cabinet Minister and currently President of the Stop the War Coalition

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Jesse Jackson, Keith Vaz, Diane Abbott and Bernie Grant

Jesse Jackson, Keith Vaz, Diane Abbott and Bernie Grant
Jesse Jackson (Jesse Louis Jackson Sr, b 1941), American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. Seen here at a press conference table alongside Keith Vaz (Nigel Keith Anthony Standish Vaz)

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Winston Churchill Cabinet Room 10 Downing Street

Winston Churchill Cabinet Room 10 Downing Street
winston, churchill, cabinet, room, 10, downing, street, london, ve, victory, europe, day, radio, broadcast, speech, official, officially, announcement, announced, end, war, peace, germany, may, 1945

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Gordon Brown James 1951 New Labour Socialist

Gordon Brown James 1951 New Labour Socialist
gordon, brown, james, 1951, new, labour, socialist, socialism, politics, political, politician, mp, 1983, chancellor, exchequer, 1997, british, prime, minister, 2007, 2010, table, microphone

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Tony Benn, John Silkin and Denis Healey at a conference

Tony Benn, John Silkin and Denis Healey at a conference
Tony Benn (Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, 1925-2014), Labour politician, former Cabinet Minister and currently President of the Stop the War Coalition

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Jesse Jackson with Linda Bellos

Jesse Jackson with Linda Bellos
Jesse Jackson (Jesse Louis Jackson Sr, b 1941), American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. Seen here at a press conference with Linda Bellos (b 1950)

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Len Murray, Labour politician and trade union leader

Len Murray, Labour politician and trade union leader
Len Murray (Lionel Murray, Baron Murray of Epping Forest, 1922-2004), British Labour politician and trade union leader. Seen here giving a speech at a TUC Conference. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageMicrophones Collection: U. S. President Franklin Roosevelt Broadcasting to Nation about European War Crisis

U. S. President Franklin Roosevelt Broadcasting to Nation about European War Crisis, Washington DC, USA, September 3
5974481 U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt Broadcasting to Nation about European War Crisis, Washington DC, USA, September 3, 1939 (b/w photo) by Harris & Ewing (1905-45); Private Collection

Background imageMicrophones Collection: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Inaugurating New Series of Radio Talks, Washington DC, USA, April 30

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Inaugurating New Series of Radio Talks, Washington DC, USA, April 30, 1940 (b/w photo)
5974479 First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Inaugurating New Series of Radio Talks, Washington DC, USA, April 30, 1940 (b/w photo) by Harris & Ewing (1905-45); Private Collection

Background imageMicrophones Collection: Franklin Roosevelt Congratulating Boy Scouts, 1935 (b/w photo)

Franklin Roosevelt Congratulating Boy Scouts, 1935 (b/w photo)
5974453 Franklin Roosevelt Congratulating Boy Scouts, 1935 (b/w photo) by Harris & Ewing (1905-45); Private Collection; (add.info.: U.S)

Background imageMicrophones Collection: BBC Broadcasting House, Studio 6D for Effects

BBC Broadcasting House, Studio 6D for Effects
BBC Broadcasting House, May 1935, Studio 6D for Effects. 1935



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"Capturing the Power of Voices: Microphones through Time" From Freddie Mercury belting out iconic anthems with his trusty microphone, to Julie Ege recording a John Lennon song with precision and emotion – they have witnessed extraordinary moments in music history. But their significance goes beyond the realm of entertainment. During the liberation of WW2 Paris, microphones amplified General Eisenhower's inspiring words as he stood before the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, reminding us of sacrifice and resilience. In times of crisis, police radio operators rely on these small devices to maintain law and order. Their steady voices crackle through microphones, ensuring safety for communities far and wide and can not limited to music or emergencies alone; they find their place in academia too. Tufts University boasts a renowned radio faculty that harnesses these tools to educate minds and ignite intellectual discussions. And who would have thought that bicycles could become broadcasting stations? Bicycle Broadcasting brings news and entertainment directly to people's doorsteps using portable microphones – revolutionizing communication in remote areas. Even political figures like Fidel Castro utilized this technology during his speeches, amplifying his message on Cuban communism across vast crowds. Major Faure Chomon presented gift cartons equipped with microphones as a symbol of progress in Cuba's pursuit of equality. They have also been present during significant political movements worldwide. From Prescott John Leslie Baron advocating for labor socialism to Michael Ramsey addressing spiritual matters as Archbishop of Canterbury – these devices amplify voices fighting for social justice. Helmut Schmidt, a German Social Democrat politician, used microphones as instruments for change by passionately voicing his ideas on democracy and progress. Through triumphs and tribulations alike, microphones remain steadfast witnesses capturing the power behind every voice that seeks to be heard.