Sorry to contradict the prevailing sentiment, but FAX (Facsimile transmission) predates its modern “digital” version by a long shot. It was the mainstay for newspapers to transmit photos for decades and required expensive equipment, hence was not a household item. But it was there. I would not be surprised if 1939 is correct.
Sometime listening to the radio pays off
> On Apr 30, 2018, at 2:45 PM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Don't believe everything you hear on the radio!!!
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Radio Facsimile
> From: Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Mon, April 30, 2018 2:21 pm
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> This is not one of my topics, but I just heard someone on the radio (!)
> that FAX was introduced to the public at the 1939 New York World's Fair
> ("The World of Tomorrow"), along with other amazing developments such
> fluorescent bulbs, robots and flat-screen TVs.
> I have not corroborated this, but simply offer it for consideration.
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 12:50 PM, Adam Schutzman
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>> Hi all,
>> I'm doing a presentation related to the history of radio facsimile in
>> couple weeks at the ARSC conference and was wondering if any other
>> folks have done research related to this topic? or perhaps know of
>> sound recordings of historic radio facsimile transmissions that might
>> somewhere? Anyhow, let me know. Either way, I'd love to hear from you
>> connect before the conference. Thanks all!
>> Adam Schutzman
>> President, AMIA Student Chapter @ Simmons
>> Master of Library and Information Science candidate
>> Archives Management Concentration
>> Simmons College
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>> Boston, MA 02115
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