Artifact Spotlight: The Radio

In a previous blog entry we looked at the revolution in communication technology that was the typewriter. After the invention of the printing press (c. 1430), the typewriter (invented in 1868) was the next great leap in mass communication. The next major development in this evolutionary chain came in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the form of radio. History of the Radio The inception of radio began in the 1890's, as great physicists such as Guglielmo Marconi and Nikola Tesla experimented with theories of wireless transmission (Hunt, 2020). The first transmissions were for purposes such as remote control and wireless telegraph communication (Smith-Rose, 2020). In December of 1906,

9/11 and Pearl Harbor - A Reflection

It was a route that I took many times while living in Chicago. To get to Midway Airport from the Northwest side of the city, I would hop on the Brown Line train, transfer to the Orange Line when I got to downtown, and ride it to the end where it would pull up to the entrance to the airport. While on the Orange Line, I would see many warehouses pass by as we got closer to the edge of town. One building in particular caught my eye, as it featured a mural with an American flag, along with the dates December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001. There was also a caption accompanying these dates which said something like, "We will never forget!" As the years go on, there are fewer and fewer of us who p

Artifact Spotlight: The Trunk

History of the Trunk One of the oldest and most universal pieces of furniture, the trunk (or chest) has a history going back thousands of years. Since the 18th dynasty in Ancient Egypt (c. 1539-1292 BCE), the trunk remained a staple for household storage and safekeeping up until recent decades (Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011). From simple and plain, to grand and ornate, trunks have helped humanity keep and carry their history since ancient times. While we may not know the name of the person who crafted the first trunk, their invention spread across time and cultures like very few innovations have. From the deserts of Ancient Egypt, to the immigrant homes of North America, the trunk took quite

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