WINDOW WASHERS TALK IN BROADCAST (Jul, 1937)

WINDOW WASHERS TALK IN BROADCAST
Perched on ledges high above the street, two window washers, one in New York and the other in Chicago, communicated by radio recently in a novel broadcast sent out over a nationwide hook-up. With portable transmitters strapped to their backs, the workmen carried on a lively conversation about their work for the entertainment of the listening audience scattered all over the United States.

2 comments
  1. Mike says: January 9, 201212:03 pm

    Um, those aren’t quite “portable” transmitters, the correct term is “transportable” or perhaps luggable. Back then radios were very heavy very large boxes. They don’t sell 94 volt “B” size batteries in grocery stores any more because there’s no need to power a crate full of vacuum tubes.

  2. Richard says: January 9, 201212:55 pm

    The backpack transmitter probably had just enough power and range to reach a relay located at the top of a nearby building, or maybe in a nearby truck.

    I wonder how the “lively conversation about their work for the entertainment of the listening audience” went. Probably similar to the lively phone conversations I remember overhearing when airliners first started being equipped with phones that could be used from your airline seat. “Hello? You’ll never guess where I’m calling from.” It was clearly a stunt that appealed only when the mere ability to do it was enough of a novelty to make people go “wow”.

Submit comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.