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The New Magic: Sending Pictures by Wireless and the Unescapable Telephone, c1935

The New Magic: Sending Pictures by Wireless and the Unescapable Telephone, c1935


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The New Magic: Sending Pictures by Wireless and the Unescapable Telephone, c1935

The New Magic: Sending Pictures by Wireless and the Unescapable Telephone, c1935. From Our Wonderful World, Volume II, edited by J.A. Hammerton. [The Amalgamated Press, Ltd. London]

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Amalgamated Press Hammerton Headphones J A Hammerton Ja Hammerton John Hammerton Our Wonderful World Phone Publishing Publishing House Radio Sir John Alexander Sir John Alexander Hammerton Sir John Hammerton Switchboard Switchboard Attendant Switchboard Operator Telecommunication Telecommunications Telephone Telephone Call Telephone Exchange Telephone Operator Wireless


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This photograph, titled "The New Magic: Sending Pictures by Wireless and the Unescapable Telephone," was published in "Our Wonderful World, Volume II," edited by Sir John Alexander Hammerton for The Amalgamated Press in London during the 1930s. The image showcases two men, intently focused on their communication devices, embodying the spirit of innovation and progress that characterized the era. In the foreground, a man sits comfortably with a telephone receiver pressed to his ear, his eyes closed as he listens intently to the voice on the other end. The telephone exchange, with its intricate switchboard and headphones, is visible behind him, symbolizing the vast network of telecommunications that connected people across great distances. In the background, another man is seen hunched over a table, his gaze fixed on the radio set before him. A wire runs from the radio to a large, ominous-looking machine, which is believed to be an early wireless image transmission device. The man's intense concentration and the serious expression on his face speak to the importance and novelty of this technology. The photograph captures the essence of the 20th century's communications revolution, with its focus on the telephone and wireless technology. The men in the image represent the many individuals who played a role in the development and operation of these groundbreaking systems, from switchboard operators to engineers and inventors. The image is a testament to the power of communication to bring people closer together, despite the physical distances that once seemed insurmountable.

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