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These images have been chosen for their uniqueness. Subject matter ranges from
historic events, to really cool phenomena in science and engineering, to relevant
place, to ingenious contraptions, to interesting products (which now has its own
dedicated Featured Product
Advertisements from the old magazines
often help detail important parts of our history. This is particularly true for
the World War II era. America's great foundation manufacturing companies participated
in, and were rightly proud of the united war effort in which they and their patriotic
employees engaged. We were under dire threat from Axis powers that sought to dominate
the free world. Stalwarts like General Electric, Westinghouse, Ford, General Motors,
Goodrich, Boeing, et al, routinely ran advertisements telling stories of their contributions
to the war effort. Here is one example from the September 1945 edition of Popular
Mechanics, where Bell Telephone Laboratories ran an ad titled, "The Bird with the
16-Mile Tail." A
C-47 Dakota was used to lay down communications cable in otherwise
I OCRed this page from the September 1945 Popular Mechanics magazine and posted
it below. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
The wire you see with the parachute
on the end of it is a telephone wire, being payed out from a C-47 cargo plane.
Bell Telephone Laboratories, working with the Air Technical Service Command of
the Army Air Forces, developed this idea. It will save precious lives and time on
A soldier throws out a parachute with the wire and weight attached. The weight
drops the line to the target area. From then on, through a tube thrust out of "the
doorway of the plane, the wire thrums out steadily sixteen miles of it can be
laid in 6-2/3 minutes. Isolated patrols can be linked quickly with headquarters.
Jungles and mountain ranges no longer need be obstacles to communication.
This is in sharp contrast to the old, dangerous way. The laying of wire through
swamps and over mountains often meant the transporting of coils on the backs of
men crawling through jungle vegetation, and in the line of sniper fire. It is reported
that in one sector of the Asiatic theater alone, 41 men were killed or wounded in
a single wire-laying mission.
Bell Telephone Laboratories is handling more than 1200 development projects for
the Army and the Navy. When the war is over, the Laboratories goes back to its regular
job helping the Bell System bring you the finest telephone 'service in the world.
and inventing, devising and perfecting for the Armed Forces at war and for the continued
improvements and economies in telephone service.