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New Skyways For The Telephone
Description: A film about the creation of the transcontinental microwave radio relay system, which allows long distance telephone calls and television shows to be broadcast across the country.
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Clip #: MF-1F
Length: 10:34
Year: 1951
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Subject: Telephone
Original: 35mm
1950s, family seated in living room watching television, television program with man seated at desk talking about microwave radio relay system, long distance telephone calls, superimposed images over United States map, people talking on telephones, switchboard operators, new long distance facility being installed, scaled model display of radio relay facilities, animation showing phone calls and television programs being beamed across country between towers through microwave radio relay, Bell System Radio Relay map showing network, dedication ceremony for transcontinental relay system, Chairman of Federal Communication Commission Wayne Coy serving as guest speaker, American Telephone and Telegraph Company Vice President Henry T. Killingsworth opening up service of transcontinental microwave radio relay system by talking with Mark R. Sullivan, President of The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company on telephone, AT&T, members of press seated nearby and listening to phone conversation, map showing microwave radio relay path of transcontinental phone call between Killingsworth and Sullivan, stations, microwave radio relay facilities, stations, aerial lower Manhattan skyline, cityscape, New York City, antenna atop Long Lines Telephone Building, animations showing microwaves being beamed from Long Lines Telephone Building to stations on route across country, microwave relay signals traveling in straight line between towers while stations are placed in zig zag fashion, Cleveland, Ohio, skyline, Huron Road building, Chicago, Illinois, skyline, Des Moines, Iowa, antenna, microwave relay tower next to telephone building, Omaha, skyline, Denver, Colorado, skyline, Continental Divide, Creston, Wyoming, microwave relay tower, Utah, towers near Great Salt Lake, Nevada, Wells Fargo Pony Express route, Sacramento, East Bay Hills, Oakland, California, San Francisco, skyline and Bay Bridge, antenna atop Pacific Telephone Building, man talking about microwave radio relay system, animation showing lengthy path in 1850 of clipper ship sailing from New York Harbor around Cape Horn to San Francisco, animation of lengthy trip of train and Pony Express across country in 1860, reenactment woman in 19th Century attire talking on telephone after 1876 invention of telephone, 1892 reenactment man talking on clothing, World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago and New York connected via telephone, map showing routes of 1915 first bridging of continent by telephone followed by subsequent open wire lines and cable routes, coaxial cable route, concrete tower on Eastern end of country, steel towers out West with equipment in adjacent buildings, antennas on roofs of buildings containing equipment in Nevada and California in high points of land, towers being erected, male workers installing and testing radio equipment, antenna being hoisted to top of tower, bulldozers being used to build access road to isolated hilltop in snow covered area and transport equipment, Nevada, Mount Rose, male workers traveling up snow covered hill using sled attached to cable, completely established and tested skyway, map showing transcontinental routes of different types of facilities, open wire, wire and cable, coaxial cable, radio relay, man seated at desk talking about microwave radio relay system, American Telephone and Telegraph Company President Cleo F. Craig talking on telephone at transcontinental microwave radio relay system dedication service, animation radio relay system route across country

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