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« on: November 19, 2023, 11:18:10 PM »

... circa 1942

National receivers in front of the operator. What's the rest of the gear ?

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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2023, 12:18:43 AM »

I see HRO 5 and HRO 7 receivers. Transmitter is unknown and receiver not known by telephone, but could be homebrew.
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2023, 01:39:02 AM »

The receiver behind the desk telephone is a Sargent either 51-AK or a 51-MK.

The floor standing transmitter could be a Gross commercial transmitter.

The cast iron radiator is probably by Hudson Reed.

The metal pail was probably made by Wheeling Steel.

The ticker tape, invented by Edward Calahan, and improved by Thomas Edison, is probably from the Stock Ticker Company.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2023, 07:46:36 AM »

The receiver behind the desk telephone is a Sargent either 51-AK or a 51-MK.

The floor standing transmitter could be a Gross commercial transmitter.

The cast iron radiator is probably by Hudson Reed.

The metal pail was probably made by Wheeling Steel.

The ticker tape, invented by Edward Calahan, and improved by Thomas Edison, is probably from the Stock Ticker Company.

What about the drapes ?
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2023, 09:08:01 AM »

The receiver behind the desk telephone is a Sargent either 51-AK or a 51-MK.

The floor standing transmitter could be a Gross commercial transmitter.

The cast iron radiator is probably by Hudson Reed.

The metal pail was probably made by Wheeling Steel.

The ticker tape, invented by Edward Calahan, and improved by Thomas Edison, is probably from the Stock Ticker Company.

What about the drapes ?

I don't see any drapes!
Desk and chair most likely made by Woodcase Inc., New York.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2023, 09:33:03 AM »

Thanks for posting Sam...interesting picture.  It says what they were listening to, but I wonder who they talked to with that transmitter?
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2023, 03:19:23 PM »

Cant be a real picture, no ash tray, cigarettes or cigars.
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2023, 11:53:18 PM »

Thanks for posting Sam...interesting picture.  It says what they were listening to, but I wonder who they talked to with that transmitter?

This would have been in the old New York Times Building on 43rd Street just off of Times Square so I suspect that the noise from that area and the equipment in the building would have made listening pretty rough at times.
The caption calls it a Radio room and Wikipedia mentions a Telegraph room, both on the 3rd floor so I'm just guessing it was for communicating with remote bureaus when needed and monitoring broadcasts.


They took a lot of interesting pictures that day. Lots of smoking while you work!  https://flashbak.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-the-new-york-times-september-10-1942-379759/






 
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2023, 04:37:10 PM »

The receiver behind the desk telephone is a Sargent either 51-AK or a 51-MK.

The floor standing transmitter could be a Gross commercial transmitter.

The cast iron radiator is probably by Hudson Reed.

The metal pail was probably made by Wheeling Steel.

The ticker tape, invented by Edward Calahan, and improved by Thomas Edison, is probably from the Stock Ticker Company.

What about the drapes ?

I don't see any drapes!
Desk and chair most likely made by Woodcase Inc., New York.

I should have said curtains in the background.
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2023, 05:58:28 PM »

Lots of smoking in those days... some beer drinking too...wasn't easy being a newspaperman..
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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2023, 07:54:48 PM »

I should have said curtains in the background.

I don't see any curtains in the background. Maybe monitor screen dirty or monitor has screen cataract.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2023, 08:36:22 AM »

The receiver behind the desk telephone is a Sargent either 51-AK or a 51-MK.

The floor standing transmitter could be a Gross commercial transmitter.

The cast iron radiator is probably by Hudson Reed.

The metal pail was probably made by Wheeling Steel.

The ticker tape, invented by Edward Calahan, and improved by Thomas Edison, is probably from the Stock Ticker Company.

What about the drapes ?

I don't see any drapes!
Desk and chair most likely made by Woodcase Inc., New York.

I should have said curtains in the background.

I was looking at the top right of the pic above the radiator. My eyes may have deceived me but they look like curtains or drapes of some sort.
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2023, 09:11:57 AM »

The receiver behind the desk telephone is a Sargent either 51-AK or a 51-MK.

The floor standing transmitter could be a Gross commercial transmitter.

The cast iron radiator is probably by Hudson Reed.

The metal pail was probably made by Wheeling Steel.

The ticker tape, invented by Edward Calahan, and improved by Thomas Edison, is probably from the Stock Ticker Company.

What about the drapes ?

I don't see any drapes!
Desk and chair most likely made by Woodcase Inc., New York.

I should have said curtains in the background.

I was looking at the top right of the pic above the radiator. My eyes may have deceived me but they look like curtains or drapes of some sort.

From left to right thats a window, window frame, molding, bricks, NYC darkness.

Maybe Pete knows where the masonry came from.   Jersey ?
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2023, 02:21:53 PM »

From left to right thats a window, window frame, molding, bricks, NYC darkness.

Maybe Pete knows where the masonry came from.   Jersey ?

Forest City Ratner Companies of Brooklyn, NY was the developer for the NY Times building. I would suspect that because of travel constraints, the masonry and many other materials were probably formulated and trucked from either Brooklyn or Queens areas.
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« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2023, 07:34:20 PM »

From left to right thats a window, window frame, molding, bricks, NYC darkness.

Maybe Pete knows where the masonry came from.   Jersey ?

..... trucked from either Brooklyn or Queens areas.


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« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2023, 08:58:52 PM »

Lucky always looks happy. "I love my job"
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« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 03:07:27 PM »

Folks:

Those are pre-war HRO's. The one on the left with the silver PW dial is a 1936 model.

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« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 04:41:00 PM »

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I just noticed; the two guys on the left and the two on the right must have bought their hats at the same place. Lucky, and I believe the guy to his left is Meyer Lansky, probably got their hats at the same place.
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« Reply #18 on: Yesterday at 11:17:16 PM »

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I just noticed; the two guys on the left and the two on the right must have bought their hats at the same place. Lucky, and I believe the guy to his left is Meyer Lansky, probably got their hats at the same place.

Left to right... Paul "The Waiter" Ricca, Sylvester Agoglia, Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lansky, John Senna, Harry Brown.

Meyer was born on the 4th of July but he apparently wasn't patriotic about paying his taxes.
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