World’s First Color Fax Machine – 1946 (Nov, 1947)
This is a pretty remarkable invention for it’s time. A color, plain paper, fax machine from 1946 that used colored pencils to print the output. The resulting image looks a lot like a printout from my first color inkjet printer. Sending a 7×10″ picture in full color took about 15 minutes, which seems pretty damn reasonable to me.
Tune In a Painting
PSM photos by Hubert Luckett
TAKE a good look at the front cover of this issue of your Popular Science Monthly. You are looking at something you have never seen beforeâ€”a picture that was transmitted by radio in one operation and imprinted on a sheet of ordinary paper.
This is known as color facsimile. It is the product of years of effort to transmit an image by wire or radio and reproduce it perfectly on ordinary paper at the receiving point. It was developed by Finch Telecommunications. Inc., of Passaic, N. J. Finch labels it “Colorfax.”
First Surround Sound – 1934 (Apr, 1934)
And it only took us another 50 years or so before it became commonplace.
“Three-Dimensional” Sounds Created
LIKE pictures on a screen, the best of public-address amplification and loudspeaker reproduction hitherto available has lacked reality. It is not that the instruments are defective in their reproduction of pitch and volume; but the ear is a fairly selective instrument, and hard to deceive when aided by the eyes. The sounds are right, but the directions from which they come are wrong. However, a recent demonstration, staged by telephone engineers, has the astonishing effect of overpowering the testimony of the eyes. Unseen players, singers and dancers seem to move tunefully or noisily across an empty stage.
THE TRUTH ABOUT TELEVISION (Nov, 1937)
Gee, adoption of a new technology in America held back by patent protectionism? Never!
THE TRUTH ABOUT TELEVISION
Veil of secrecy keeps television from American homes while nearly 5,000 sets are in operation throughout Great Britain.
AMERICANS have always taken pride in their technical superiority. Our proven ability to excel other nations in the rapid development of new industries through the application of machines and scientific improvements has been recognized far and wide. And yet, in the very attractive field of television we are laggards. It is a strange situation and one that has been responsible for much comment by laymen and the press.
Very Early Drive-In Theater (Dec, 1934)
According to wikipedia this was the 3rd drive-in to open in the U.S.
California Autoists View Movies in New Open Air Theatre
LOS ANGELES motorists, movie bound, may now sit in their cars and enjoy the latest sound pictures in a giant open air theatre recently completed.
The frame which holds the 40 by 50 foot screen is a structure 72 feet high and 132 feet wide. Three huge loudspeakers, each 22 feet long and 7 feet across the mouth, are mounted on top of the structure. These loudspeakers are directed at the tops of the cars, whose soft fabric is said to make an ideal sounding board.
The fenced – in spectators’ area holds 450 cars which are parked in lanes graded at an angle so that the cars point up at the screen. This inclination enables back-seat spectators to obtain a unobstructed view of the screen. Projection machines are in a low building in front of the screen, said to be the largest in the world. Installed in a lov building in the second row, these machines work at an up-shot angle, instead of the customary down-shot used in indoor theatres.