Sepia Saturday

Jean Weil In ABC Studios Making Transatlantic Phone Call : Jewish Women’s Archives (Sepia Saturday 574)

Every week Sepia Saturday gives bloggers a visual prompt. This week’s prompt has inspired me to comb through the Library of Congress archives for images of radio.

Great Lakes Naval training station radio class., None. [Between 1909 and 1920] Photograph.

Harris & Ewing, photographer. Radio., None. [Between 1910 and 1920] Photograph.

Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. Radio Station Studio. United States, None. Between 1980 and 1990. Photograph.

People Watching a Radio Broadcast. 1981. KWY.

Radio still entertains and informs today. I’m listening now to Open Line on WMBI as I always do as I blog on Saturdays.

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6 Responses to Sepia Saturday

  1. Mike Brubaker says:

    I think it’s possible that radio was the technology that really won WW2. My dad was age 12-16 during the war and followed his brother’s navy service in the Pacific by listening to the war reports over a simple coil radio. Later when he went to college on an ROTC scholarship he originally aspired to enter the signal corps. But I think the required radio science and math skills were too hard for him so he went into the infantry during the Korean War. Soon afterward he transferred to the transportation corps for which his talent in logistics was a better match. But off and on for the rest of his life he tried to master Morse code but the rhythm of the dots & dits always alluded him and he never got the hang of it.

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  2. Interesting set of photos. The second one brought to mind my father, who was an Electronics Technician Mate in the Navy during WWII. I wish I had asked him more specifics about what his assignment entailed, but I’ll bet he was familiar with this sort of radio setup. I also love the last photo of the audience for the radio broadcast. NPR’s “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me” show just announced that they will soon have their first two live studio audience broadcasts since the Covid pandemic began — and I’ll bet the venues will be as filled as pandemic precautions allow, even in this age of TV and streaming,

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  3. La Nightingail says:

    My Dad’s family was one of the first families on their block to have a radio – crystal, coils, and all! And of course all the neighbors came round to listen with them. 🙂


  4. kathyfumc says:

    If you hadn’t told me that second photo was of a radio, I would never have guessed. Interesting set of photographs and radios.


  5. Great to know of your family, and radio histories that ran along together and those old photos! My dad and his brothers built their own crystal sets to listen to radios (so I was told) before the family had one of those big boxes to listen to. I always remember lying on the floor listening to radio shows when I was small.


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