Crosley Reado Radio Printer, 1938-1940

Summary

From 1938-1940, the Detroit News experimented with a domestic radio-facsimile subscription service. Customers hooked their radio up to this device, which then electrostatically formed images and text on paper. The idea was revolutionary--printed news delivered straight into the home. The process was slow, however, and signal reception unreliable outside of a several mile range surrounding the transmission tower.

From 1938-1940, the Detroit News experimented with a domestic radio-facsimile subscription service. Customers hooked their radio up to this device, which then electrostatically formed images and text on paper. The idea was revolutionary--printed news delivered straight into the home. The process was slow, however, and signal reception unreliable outside of a several mile range surrounding the transmission tower.

Artifact

Printer (Output device)

Date Made

1938-1940

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

44.68.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of The Detroit News.

Material

Cadmium
Copper alloy
Iron alloy
Paper (Fiber product)
Plastic
Rubber (Material)
Wood (Plant material)

Technique

Plating (Metal coating)

Dimensions

Height: 11.375 in

Width: 15.625 in

Length: 14.25 in

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