Friday, November 28, 2014

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Sound Motion Picture Projector

In 1946 my grandfather, Douglas F. Ingram, developed a "battery charge and test panel" for aircraft batteries which saved the Air Corps millions of dollars in battery replacement.  In appreciation, my grandfather was given a $250 cash award.  (Roughly one month's salary according to documents we've recently uncovered.)
In 1946 only six television stations (All in NY, PA, and IL) are broadcasting (one experimental license for W6XIS, which would become KTVX, is active in Utah) and almost no one owns a television. The technology of the day was motion picture projectors and the most portable were the 16mm variety.  Typically only purchased by schools, libraries etc., grandpa spent his reward on a Holmes Type 12.  He owned several films, many of which are early cartoons, as well as featurettes with groups performing musical numbers.  He would often lease a print of a popular film to watch at home and sometimes at the local Stake House (I've found catalogs from studios with titles like Ben Hur, South Pacific and more available.)

My dad used to break out the old projector from time to time for the nostalgia of it.  It's been at least 10 yeas since that last happened and our attic treasure hunts inspired me to get out the projector for old-time's sake.  It was rough.  I've never used it before, just watched my dad fire it up.  To call it complicated is being simplistic.  It felt like figuring out how to launch a Saturn V rocket with just the "Quick Start" guide.  In the end, enough of what dad had said sunk in and with a bit of personal ingenuity, the film strip was loaded and ready to go.

I didn't realize till we were into the show that I'd loaded a film I'd never seen before and for that matter, didn't know existed.  There was a cartoon spliced to an outdoors documentary and, most interesting, newsreel footage from World War II.  It was remarkable stuff to unearth.  There was footage of Patton and Eisenhower, Hitler and even the sequence of MacArthur wading onto a Philippine beach.

Perhaps everyone was just indulging me, but I hope we all got the same nostalgic buzz I did from marveling at the complex machine and feeling a bit more connected to our progenitors.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Las Vegas 1936

We've unearthed many treasures from family history this past year and I have felt compelled to share them.  It's funny how simple things like post cards can become treasures seventy eight years after their postmark.  

This postcard pictures downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street to be specific. It was postmarked May 15, 1936.  Bugsy Siegel won't open the Flamingo for another ten years and the Hoover Dam had just been completed the year before.  In fact, Douglas F. tells his Aunt Louise he plans to visit the new power plant:
Dear Aunt Louise
got here last night
all O.K. going
to the dam
and then on to
L.A. tonight
its to hot for me
here 102 last night
       Doug [sic]
Along with the photo, you may find interesting the one cent Benjamin Franklin stamp affixed to the card.  The card it's self is 5.5" x 3.5" (14 cm x 9 cm).  The mechanism that stamped the postmark was pronounced enough to have embossed the card.  You can see the post office circle from the front of the card (over the arch in the middle of the street).

I've been particularly fascinated with mementos from my Grandfathers life.  Of all my progenitors that I've had contact with, his story seems the most shrouded to me, due simply to the fact that he passed on when I was rather young, and the tangible links to him are much fewer than those to my Grandmother Wanda, for instance, whom I knew till I was 20.  Perhaps this seems mundane to you but the spirit of Elija is strong with me and I want to share it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Friday, November 21, 2014

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Monday, November 17, 2014

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73 indeed

I keep discovering vintage #hamradio items among my father's storage.  This 1973 edition of 73 Magazine features a cover typical for the age:

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

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