Finch Facsimile Transmitter, 1938-1940

Summary

From 1938-1940, the Detroit News experimented with a domestic radio-facsimile subscription service. This transmitter converted images and text into electrical impulses, sent over the radio waves--reassembled by receivers in the homes of customers. The idea was revolutionary, however, the process was slow and signal reception was unreliable beyond a mile or two of the transmission tower.

From 1938-1940, the Detroit News experimented with a domestic radio-facsimile subscription service. This transmitter converted images and text into electrical impulses, sent over the radio waves--reassembled by receivers in the homes of customers. The idea was revolutionary, however, the process was slow and signal reception was unreliable beyond a mile or two of the transmission tower.

Artifact

Transmitter

Date Made

1938-1940

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

44.68.6

Credit

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

Material

Rubber (Material)
Steel (Alloy)

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 in

Width: 10.5 in

Length: 16.25 in

Inscriptions

Finch Facsimile Transmitter Licensed under the Listed United States Finch Patents for Radio Broadcast of Facsimiles by Station W8XWJ

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