Silent Telautographs Write Directions to Radio Artists (Jul, 1931)

Silent Telautographs Write Directions to Radio Artists

TO ELIMINATE all interfering noises in the National Broadcast Studios, engineers are installing noiseless telautographs which write out directions to performers, thus doing away with the old method of waving the hands to give signals from the control room. The telautograph is placed near the microphone, directly before the eyes of the performers, so that directions can be read without the least difficulty. Although quite a bit of the former human element is thus eliminated, the program goes along smoother, and no stray noises find their way to the mike.

The photograph at the left shows a performing artist receiving orders from the operator in the control room over the telautograph—an extremely convenient arrangement.

  1. Kalebarkab says: June 9, 20091:07 pm

    I want to find good pop music. Help me please.

  2. NiChrome says: June 9, 20094:44 pm

    Good Pop Muzik:…

    On a more serious note:

  3. Mike says: June 9, 20098:19 pm

    Soon after this the pen and paper were invented and the device was never used.

  4. Fred says: June 9, 20098:27 pm

    I understand that Ted Stevens gave his “Series Of Tubes” speech using a Telautograph.

  5. Mike says: June 9, 200910:30 pm

    Looking more into this, the modern version is remote desktop.

  6. Toronto says: June 10, 200912:13 am

    It’s more of a teleprompter with some sort of grease-pencil interface, isn’t it?

  7. George says: June 10, 20096:48 am

    Is that Obama’s grandfather speaking there?

  8. Casandro says: June 14, 20098:14 am

    Oh yes, the Teleauthograph. I wonder how long people dreamed of working at home, using one of those.

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