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        Printing and Electronics

        This Media Gallery explores a long view of communication transformation powered by innovations as old as the printing press and as recent as the transistor radio. Review these images and their descriptions keeping in mind how these devices allowed for an ever greater degree of public participation in long-distance communication over time.

        Press-printing

        English School, (19th century) Medium: engraving. Date: 19th Century.

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        Photostat

        This photograph shows a man using an early electronic copy machine.

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        Row of Seven Women Switchboard Operators

        This photograph shows women operating a telephone switchboard. Telephone switchboards like this were once a common and integral part of the US's telecommunications infrastructure.

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        Transistor Radio

        This photograph shows a transistor radio. Transistor radios like this contributed to the mass proliferation of radio because they were small and cheap to manufacture and purchase.

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