Thursday, October 13, 2011

Children's Hospital



Today's picture shows some children in the hospital. They are listening to a radio. The picture was taken in 1924. Impressive how stoutly built the radio looks. I think things were made of much higher quality in the old days than now.

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  1. And yet they were very fragile. You have to remember that they had vacuum tubes in them. and one good bump and they were done.

    How many times have you dropped your cell phone and it still works. Do that with one of those radios and they were off to the repair shop.

    It appears that this radio does have a speaker and you have to listen to it with the ear phones.

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  2. Another great picture from the early days of radio! You can see the enjoyment on the faces of the young patients. Obviously the radio listening was a treat.

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  3. That looks like a military radio. The carry handle on top and the utilitarian design draw my eye.

    John

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  4. What a great picture! I love the old wheel chairs. And the nurse looks like she is spending time with the children and enjoying it! Very nice.

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  5. All 4 girls have similar hair styles.

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  6. That particular hair style was quite fashionable for little girls in the 1920s. I have several shots of my mom, who was born in 1921, with that soup bowl haircut. Also, for kids in the hospital, it would have been easy to keep clean and neat. People stayed in hospital much longer then. The one child only has a cast on her leg; she'd have probably gone straight from the ER back to her home today.

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  7. My first radio was a crystal radio that I built from a kit at the age of 9 or 10. I remember listening to it as I lay in bed at the end of the day. One night I heard Nikita Kruschev at the UN hammering his shoe on the podium and declaring that the Russions would "bury us". It was my first realization that we had enemies out in the world and of course I had trouble sleeping that night. Radio has always been the most formative media in my life and I still prefer it to the other media.

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  8. Seems to me that in general, most people were made of much higher quality in the old days than now.

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  9. Hello,
    Is it possible to re-upload the photo isn't appearing :(

    M. Ottaibi

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  10. I disagree on things being better made then. Three things:
    1. a lot of the real junk didn't last long enough to pass time. We're inheriting the things that were strong enough to last.
    2. particularly with electronics (like radios)--they didn't have lightweight plastics and modern techiques. Things were made as inexpensively as they could with what they had available at the time. Things are often big and heavy because it's the best they could do.
    3. there was more of a repair industry then because manufacturing was more expensive. Nothing gets fixed now because it's cheaper to buy a replacement than a repair. At that time, buying a new radio wasn't an option. Used (aka 2nd hand) was also a lot more common then than it is now.

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