Dog’s Tail Forms Radio Receiver
A DOG’S tail serves as a radio receiver for Frank G. Kerk, Los Angeles experimenter. Kerk attaches an aerial to the collar of his Great Dane and hooks an ear phone to the animal’s tail. The canine radio is then complete and all that is necessary is to place the phone to the ear and listen.
Next time you sit down in front of Pro-Tools to create your mash-up masterpiece, just remember: Real recording engineers use a blow torch, none of this namby-pamby software crap!
The “TALKING MACHINE” Comes Back
HOW would you like to make a record of your favorite radio program to play on your phonograph? Or reproduce an historic radio speech, or the voice of a friend singing to the accompaniment of a world-famous orchestra?
You can do all that and more with the latest all-purpose musical instrument, the combination radio, phonograph, and home recorder. Using the recorder attachment, you can collect and save the voices of children, reproduce music from the radio or from other phonograph records, and create music and dialogue for home movies. Your records will have almost the same quality as professional recordings and you can play them back on the phonograph as soon as you have made them. The disks cost as little as fifteen cents for a size that plays one and one-half minutes. Each record may be played a hundred times or more before it wears out.
This is a bizzare article about people and household objects that suddenly become radio receivers. It reminds me a lot of the the movie Real Genius, where poor Kent has his braces turned into a radio antenna.
My question is: Does this really happen? Can my bathtub suddenly start singing to me?
Spooks on the Airways
By Irv Leiberman
Illustrations By Chic Stone
THE lady sat down in her luxurious bubble bath and soaked contentedly. “I’m forever blowing bubbles,” crooned a soothing voice from underneath. She screamed and hopped out of the tub but the voice had stopped. Imagining herself the victim of her own delusions, she climbed back into the bathtub only to be startled by the same voice again. As it reached the end of the number, this time another voice boomed out with a commercial for a cigarette manufacturer.
I thought that a walkie talkie implied something you could carry, not strap on your back and lug around.
FM Walkie-Talkie just announced by Motorola, Inc., of Chicago, 111., will be popular among law enforcement agencies, fire protection departments, forestry services, railroads, etc. It has 24 tubes and weighs 19 lbs. A tip-up loudspeaker broadcasts over the operator’s shoulder or to nearby listeners. It has a range of from five to seven miles, depending upon altitude and presence of physical obstructions.
An Advertisement of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company
A web of cords plugged into numbered holes. A hand ready to answer signals which flash from tiny lamps. A mind alert for prompt and accurate performance of a vital service. A devotion to duty inspired by a sense of the public’s reliance on that service.
Wow! Look how portable and convenient it is!
“Carryphone” Aids Trainmen
Engineers and trainmen can keep in constant touch with their own crews or talk with the crews of other trains with the “Carry-phone,” a portable telephone announced by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The device uses railroad tracks or wires as its communication channels, but transmits and receives messages through the air by induction, using a large metal loop.
This is some brilliant marketing here. Other brands of radio tubes may be as good as Radiotron, and yeah they may be cheaper, but that just means we’re the standard.
Ok, but why shouldn’t I buy the cheaper ones again?
From time to time other tubes will be offered to you as being “as good as Radiotrons,” sometimes at a lower price. Which proves that the Radiotron is the acknowledged standard in performance.
The American people have used millions of Radiotrons in the last five years. Is it reasonable to suppose that imitators could give you Radiotron quality for the same money?
Tiniest Tube Paves Way For Wrist-Watch Radio
At right is shown the comparative sizes of a wrist watch and the new miniature radio transceiver being developed by the U. S. Bureau of Standards. The set both sends and receives short waves and also picks up standard radio broadcasts. It was designed around the tiny radio tube, not much larger than a grain of rice, that is shown actual size in inset at lower left.
Radios in Your Hair
RADIO receivers, tinier than a penny matchbox have been developed by Paramount sound men in Hollywood. These replace the megaphones that directors used in the days of silent pictures to shout instructions to their stars. The resulting confusion on crowded sets was nerve racking to both the director and members of the cast. When sound was added, the megaphone had to go. It was then replaced by intricate signaling systems and many necessary interruptions and expensive retakes. Now this tiny inductive-type receiver, that uses no batteries or tubes, is concealed on the actor’s person. It is claimed that it can pick up signals as far as 300 feet away from the transmitter which is placed near the movie studio stage.