Behold: The amazing “electric newspaper!”
Pictured above is the The Los Angeles Times-Richfield “Electric Newspaper,” seen during its test run way back on Oct. 12, 1931.
From the original L.A. Times article announcing the bulletin:
As the vast grist of the day’s news pours into The Times’ offices by telegraph, telephone, radio, mail and messenger, it will be concentrated into brief, snappy, informative bulletins by expert newspaper men and flashed by teletype to an office in the Paramount building at 6th and Hill, where is located the huge controller of the electric bulletin board.
Here another squad of men will transcribe the bulletins by stenciling machines on the wide, endless tapes which, fed into the controller, project their perforated letters on the screen, made up of electric lights in multiple banks. The effect is that of letters of light, forming words and sentences and moving continuously from one end of the board to the other, a distance of some eighty feet.
That sounds a whole lot more complicated than sending out a breaking news tweet…
For the full story, head over to Framework.
Photo: Los Angeles Times
"More than 800 people have paid as much as $200,000 apiece to reserve seats on commercial flights into space, some of which are expected to launch, at long last, within a year. Space-travel agents are being trained; space suits are being designed for sex appeal as much as for utility; the founder of the Budget hotel chain is developing pods for short- and long-term stays in Earth’s orbit and beyond. Over beers one night, a former high-ranking NASA official, now employed by Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin transportation conglomerate, put it plainly: ‘We happen to be alive at the moment when humanity starts leaving the planet.’" - The Era of Private Space Travel is Just Beginning | NY Magazine
‘You are going to lose’: Incredible photo captures moment London mom stands up to knife-wielding terrorist
A mother of two described Wednesday how she put her life on the line by trying to persuade the terrorists to hand over their weapons.
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, a cub scout leader, talked with the killers and kept her nerve as one of them told her: “We want to start a war in London tonight.”
Loyau-Kennett, 48, from Cornwall, was one of the first people on the scene after the two Islamists butchered a soldier in Woolwich, south-east London Wednesday. She was photographed by onlookers confronting one of the attackers who was holding a bloodied knife. (Twitter)
Sorry (not sorry), Dennis … I feel the need to post this on my blog. This is probably the single most amusing thing I have ever seen on my dash in these 2+ years I’ve been on Tumblr.
gonna be a cranky fuck for a bit.
you have been warned.
(Before photo: Bing, after photo: AP)
Briarwood Elementary School, bottom right in Oklahoma City, Okla. before and after the tornado hit on May 20.
[Images: New York Times/The Oklahoman/Tulsa World/New York Post]
A ‘monster’ tornado tears through central Oklahoma
Though the death toll following one of the worst tornadoes in history has ticked down to 24 after reports yesterday said as many as 51 had been killed, the scene remains grim in Moore, Okla.
Photos: Steve Gooch / Associated Press, Brett Deering, NOAA / AFP/Getty Images, Gene Blevins / Zuma Press / MCT
US President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma after a 3km-wide tornado packing winds of up to 320kph tore through the state capital killing at least 51 people, including 20 children, and injuring at least 230.
The Oklahoma medical examiner’s office said it was expecting the death toll to rise to 91 people.
The sitting Congress has the most women of any in history. Artist Emily Nemens is capturing each of them in paint, and using their likenesses in graphics to show how far we still have to go to bring gender equality to Washington.
The women of Congress, in fabulous watercolor infographics
"We would like to look at them and understand how we could introduce ads, in a very light ad load, where the impact is really created, because the ads really fit the users’ expectations and follow the form and function of the dashboard." - Marissa Mayer hints at more ads on Tumblr
Everyone, I’m elated to tell you that Tumblr will be joining Yahoo.
Before touching on how awesome this is, let me try to allay any concerns: We’re not turning purple. Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve – certainly isn’t changing.
So what’s new? Simply, Tumblr gets better faster. The work ahead of us remains the same – and we still have a long way to go! – but with more resources to draw from.
Yahoo is the original Internet company, and Marissa and her team share our dream to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas. I couldn’t be more excited to have her help. We also share a vision for Tumblr’s business that doesn’t compromise the community and product we love. Plus both our logos end with punctuation!
As always, everything that Tumblr is, we owe to this unbelievable community. We won’t let you down.