THE narrator, a man with a pleasant voice, allowed himself a pause, and then solemnly went on: ‘Gentlemen,’ he said, ‘you are about to witness the first public transmission of message by Ultrafax in the history of the world.’ It was Friday morning, 21 October 1948. The audience in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress concentrated attention on the stage. There was expectancy and a sense of participation in beginnings… .
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