Thursday the seventh
A bright sunny day but the most awful wind It seems as if one could not keep their feet Audrea went to school, but did not allow her to go out to play after school, she did not like that + cried but soon got over it. Edith put out blankets + quilts to air + I hung out pillows. a great day for them. Edith went to Boston. She got back about four o’clock. Had curtains for the living room, middies for Audrea + a lining for her coat, + chambray for a dress for one. How good it does seem to have the money to pay for them. God bless Ben! There’s no one else would do such a thing. “And for this cause the Lord raised up Joseph”. It would seem so. I never tho’t Ben would be the one to come to my aid. They have all gone out in the car to do some more shopping, so I had better go down stairs.
NOTES + EXPLANATIONS
On this day in history: April 7, 1927 (Thursday)
At 3:25 in the afternoon, the Bell Telephone Company made the first successful demonstration of long distance mechanical television transmission, transmitting a 30 line image at the rate of 10 images per second with the aid of a system using the rotating Nipkow disc. Herbert Hoover (at that time the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appeared before a camera in Washington, and as he spoke over a loudspeaker by telephone to AT & T President Walter S. Gifford, Hoover could be observed on a 2 by 3-foot (0.91 m) television screen by an audience in New York. Hoover told the group, “Human genius has now destroyed the impediment of distance, in a new respect, and in a manner hitherto unknown.” The breakthrough in the invention of a completely electronic television system would take place five months later on September 7. Hoover’s speech was followed by the first American television entertainment, a performance (from a studio in Whippany, New Jersey) by vaudeville comedian “A. Dolan”, who appeared as an Irishman and then donned blackface for a minstrel show act.
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