Times Square, D-Day, 1944.


Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Times_Square#Building_history Third paragraph, pretty interesting. Relevant paragraph: On November 6, 1928, an news that is electronic referred to as Motograph ...



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  • Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Times_Square#Building_history Third paragraph, pretty interesting.
  • Relevant paragraph: On November 6, 1928, an electronic news ticker known as the Motograph News Bulletin (colloquially known as the "zipper") was introduced near the base of the building. The zipper originally consisted of 14,800 light bulbs and a chain conveyor system; individual letter elements (a form of movable type) were loaded into frames to spell out news headlines. As the frames moved along the conveyor, the letters themselves triggered electrical contacts which lit the external bulbs (the zipper has since been upgraded to use modern LED technology).[4] The reference is a dead link, unfortunately.
  • That's facking awesome. There's no other words I can use to describe it.
  • Ingenious?
  • facking ingenious
  • Awesome. I figured it could be some kind of punched tape that ran through an array of contacts. But the moveable type also makes sense.
  • That is so inventive, I love it!
  • Oh wow.
  • i love how so many things back then had a funny slang word. they seemed to do it a lot more than we do now. http://www.vintageallies.com/1940s/1940s-slang.html
  • Applesauce.
  • You won't believe the Wikipedia trip this sent me on...
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