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Poster, "The First 'Wireless,'" "Compliments of Miller Bros. & Arlington 101 Ranch Real Wild West," 1914

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Poster, "The First 'Wireless,'" "Compliments of Miller Bros. & Arlington 101 Ranch Real Wild West," 1914

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Artifact

Poster

Date Made

1914

Summary

This poster shows a romanticized view of Native American culture: two people separated by nature and distance, using smoke signals to communicate. Dense black smoke produced by burning damp leaves was confined under a wet blanket--then allowed to escape in bursts. In this way, smoke transformed into a beacon, visible for miles across the vast expanse of early America.

Object ID

35.784.241

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Strobridge Lithographing Co.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Poster, "The First 'Wireless,'" "Compliments of Miller Bros. & Arlington 101 Ranch Real Wild West," 1914

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Trade Card for Ayer's Products, Weather and Medicine Signals for Daily Reference, 1886

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Trade Card for Ayer's Products, Weather and Medicine Signals for Daily Reference, 1886

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Artifact

Trade card (Advertising)

Date Made

1886

Summary

These weather signal flags are in the company of a dancing troupe of anthropomorphic Ayer's cherry cough syrup bottles. The flags signal "cold wave coming," "storm approaching," and temperature changes as patterns that are similar to the common cold and flu. The reverse tells us that our body, like the weather, can be read by its warning systems.

Object ID

89.0.541.537

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Trade Card for Ayer's Products, Weather and Medicine Signals for Daily Reference, 1886

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Patent Model of Marine Signal Lantern, 1863

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Patent Model of Marine Signal Lantern, 1863

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Model (Patent)

Date Made

1863

Summary

This marine lantern was designed to burn oil. An opaque metal shade could be moved to expose and block its glow. Moveable red and green glass shades are its most innovative feature, which served two purposes. They allowed the lantern to act as a communications device, to send messages between ships--and as an anchor light, to avoid collisions between vessels.

Object ID

26.160.26

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Smithsonian Institution

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

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Patent Model of Marine Signal Lantern, 1863

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