The Daily Times from Davenport, Iowa on January 3, 1955 · 23
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The Daily Times from Davenport, Iowa · 23

Davenport, Iowa
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Monday, January 3, 1955
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"The First (Great (Rift We Can HBestow Oil Others Is a tiiOOcl Exaill lc9cair Charles Morell Daily Times Second Paper In Iowa to Utilize Wirephotos MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1933 JUL MIL kJU" W, JUL mHUUiJim. - By CHARLES R. TOPP Times Telegraph Editor It's 20 years since the advent of photographs being sent by wire to newspapers and the anniversary recalls that publication of such photos was inaugurated by The Daily Times on Oct. 26, 1944 during the climactic days of World War II. Inauguration of Associated Press Wirephotos in the Quad-City area by The Daily Times marked the second newspaper in Iowa to align with the modern method of dispensing news and photographs and gave impetus to the slogan of "Read the news and see the pictures." When Wirephotos were first transmitted a score of years ago, the installation of receiving and transmitting devices a complex photo-electric cell process was a difficult and complicated project, At the outset of the system only a few newspapers had the facil Hies- Before the devices could be placed in wide use, World War II broke out and with it restrictions on obtaining strategic materials- including of course the equipment utilized in Wirephoto Immediately following the War, facilities became available. In fact, prior to the conclusion of the War, by use of substitute materials, some installations were possible. It was one of those installations that was utilized in the early days of Wirephoto in the offices of The Daily Times. THE INITIAL receiving equipment in the offices of The Daily Times is a far cry from tl?e compact device now in service. The original equipment was four or five times as large as the model now being used in receiving and transmission of pictures from Davenport. First to receive a Wirephoto in Davenport on October, 26, 1944,1 was Francis W. McWane, than a! regular employe of The Daily Times and later named Associated Press Correspondent upon the retirement . of the late Edward E. Buchner, veteran telegrapher and first AP correspondent in the Quad-Cities. Slightly more than a year later, The Daily Times became a member of the Iowa state Wirephoto network along with eight other Iowa daily newspapers. three of them, in addition to The Times and well as news, nowever, were ccn-nemnerat hein? members of the! sored but nonetheless wifhin a Lee Newspaper group The Iowa State network went into service Dec. 15, 194.) and provided a selection of photographs from other Iowa points in an interchange through the Wirephoto. THROUGH use of Wirephoto, time and distance largely are eliminated. Whereas in the years before Wirephoto it required up to 84 "hours for a photograph to be mailed from coast to coast, Wirephoto made it possible for a picture to be transmitted across the entire continent in the period of eight minutes. Interesting too, Is the fact that while the New York to West Coast transmission is being made, any member newspaper, properly equipped, may obtain the same photograph at the same time. In other words, pictures once available only to the world's largest cities now are available to the smallest daily newspaper in" any section of the United States. Also interesting in the use of Wirephoto, is the availability of photographs from almost any place In the world within a few minutes after an event transpires. The use of special -radio circuits across oceans and from remote locations where wire or cable facilities are & ' 'hlitJ rf fir - K fa' FIRST TIMES' WIREPHOTO This photograph showing members of a German machine gun crew, with hands over the heads, as they were marched to a detention pen if SJWsft p if JrW EARLIER MODEL Shown here is a 300 model wirephoto receiver which was first installed at the Davenport Times when the local newspaper joined the wirephoto network Aug. 26, 1944. This not available is the method utilized for such transmissions. AN EXAMPLE of the use of Wirephoto in the early days was the attack on King Edward VIII, now the Duke of Windsor, by an assassin in 1935 while he was riding in the state coach in London. Associated Press photographers covering the event transmitted the pictures across the Atlantic ocean providing the American newspapers with the photograph within minutes after the incident. Prior 'to that time, photographs were mailed by fast liners across the ocean- Also covered by Wirephoto were the events in conjunction with King Edwards abdication and the accession to the throne of his brother, King George. Dunne World War II. American I newspaper readers were able to see the points of action even the action in many instances, while reading of the battles. Photos as few hours after an incident, the photographs were, generally, available in the United States, often several thousand miles from the scene. INSTALLATION of receiving and, transmitting Wirephoto equipment! in the offices of The Daily Times, has many times permitted photographs to be transmitted almost as soon as the news stories as sociated with the picture weretprvemcnt- Home- hpat-. hcalth &t' available. The first photograph transmitted to the nationwide Wirephoto network directly from The Daily Times' equipment was that of the crash of an unchartered airliner at the south end of a Moline airport runway. Fortunately no fatalities or serious injuries were in curred in the accident. Another instance in which The Daily Times' Wirephoto facilities have been instrumental in transmitting news was in conjunction with the tragic fire at St. Elizabeth's hospital in January, 1950. To assist in handling the heavy file of photographs, The Associated Press chartered a special plane and flew in extra, equipment and operators. At the same time other news picture services transmitted pictures of the tragedy from the HOROSCOPE By FRANCES DRAKE Look in the section in which your birthday comes and find what your outlook is, according to the stars, FOR TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 1955 v -"r. r 'T. XUUI IWOt Will IIWCU a UaUV - , , , , inc of inte ipenre anH stri-n ram. monsense if you are to hope for success and others' help now. Ex - tend yourself in study and re- 1111 s ram mixca Pcrioa-search especially , in economic! NOV. 23 to DEC 23 (Sagittarius) matters. ' ' Your indications today are sim- APRIL 21 to MAY 20 (Taurus) ilar to Scorpio, but tend to bright- After making plans, check asien after 2 p.m. Your prospects follows: Are you on the right road, and Within reason? Try to gee ma.v.mum elfort in early so as to give time for review, cor- rections. We all make mistakes. MAY 21 to JUNE 21 (Gemini) -Stress sound views, desires, confidence and logic not wee. He careiui wtiat you say ana now you say it, avail yourself of good opportunities. JUNE 23 to JULY 23 (Cancer) -Don't be ovcrzealous but be steadily energetic. Trades, mining, constructing, all organizations nelpful to better living and health sponsored. Personel interests also favored. JULY 24 to AUG- 22 (Leo) - You may have to adapt your self quickly to new, necessary business, or a sudden turn of1future possibilities. New opporluni changes necessary to insure im- fairs need close attention. AUG. 23 to SEPT. 23 (Virgo) Heed advice to Leo if you would advance your particular interests now. A thought-provoking, challenging period that will require down-to-earth thinking and an attitude of good will. Be ready to act. SEPT 24 to OCT. 23 (Libra) A sort of "teaser" day. It can be agreeable, however, if you work without strain or a preoccupied mind, and are amenable to sensi- off ices of The Daily Times by portable devices. Through use of Wirephotos, The Daily Times provides its readers with the news to see as well as read thereby aiding in giving the readers an improved and wider knowledge of world happenings. nftor hpintf rantnrpH " in "' sociated Press Wirephoto to type of machine received pictures only on negatives which were wrapped around a light-proof cylinder, and had to be processed before prints could be made. ble suggestions. Undertake no impossibilities nor more than you can handle well. 1 OCT. 24 to NOV. 23 (Scorpio) Don't try to go it alone and Hnn'f hr npivnn( irlnnt T Ten vrvit- talents well but remember that l.i - ,. n., . ,l II - in union there is strength. You i.nbin. k"0w w: ere to seek dvice " do- And. use. 1 duS become very good then. Don't fret or anticipate difficulties and keep trying, studying. DEC. 23 to JAN. 21 (Capricorn) Slow down so that you have sufficient time to analyze where necessary. Know what to do first. Anything you can remedy, do so rather than go ahead just hoping for the best. JAN. 22 to FEB 20. (Aquarius) Have you accomplished all that you should and could? Done everything to the best of your ability? A 'moment for rechecking Take deserved rest, relaxation. FEB. 21 to MARCH 20 (Pisces) You may be called upon to make important decisions. Do not be hasty or act without thought of ties are available, but weigh them well. YOU BORN TODAY possess enduring ambitions, are clever, per-servering, can carry out successfully whatever you start. You can overcome obstacles, by grit, patience. Capricorn has given us capable statesmen, able political leaders, organization executives engineers, architects; also successful jewelers, designers, brokers, and fine teachers. Correct a tendency toward oversensitive-ness, perhaps occasional stubbornness. The new year presents many opportunities for fresh achievement, but economy and sound judgment will be essential. EXCHANGE GREETINGS Qurcn Victoria and President Buchanan exchanged greetings over a telegraph cable laid on the Atlantic ocean floor ir 1858. Aarhpn wa thp first As- 1 w ----- be received by The Daily NEW-TYPE EQUIPMENT With modern equipment, wirephotos have been speeded up so that prints are in the hands of the editors just minutes after being received by the operator. In the foreground is the new 3000 model receiver which receives photos in Koda-. CHANNEL ONE Steve Allen's 4Toiiiglif Takes Drollest Honors By TOM O'.M ALLEY AM) BOB CUNN1FF NEW YORK When Stove Allen's local New Yoik TV shenanigans were deemed worthy of national surveillance, it was the feeling here that Steve's show would soon develop a case of the mumps. When something is that good, we are always suspicious of the theorizing that maintains, we'll make it bigger, and ergo, by gar, it'll be better. Fortunately our pessimism was unwarranted. After a rather .unsettling shakedown cruise Steve's Tonight, has become one of the drollest and, certainly, as the jazzmen say, tiie hippest, outing on TV. A mighty man is this Allen. When he first came East about tour years ago he was touted as a real West Coast flash, which is faint praise enough. His initial failure to wow anybody wasn't too surprising since West Coast flashes, in TV arc as suspect as .380 hitters from the Pacific Coast league coming up to the majors. THE TROUBLE, if we dig Steve right, was that upon his arrival he was immediately taken in hand by some of the Broadway wise guys and the authentic Allen humor was smothered under t h c canned stuff that is available on Broadway as cowd beef. Finally, the great minds threw up their hands and Steve ended up on local TV, with his What's My Line showings his only contact with the outside world. Then the acquired veneer began to wear off and the assembly line gags wire discarded1. Thus was reborn the Steve who wowed 'em out West. He t I " -L. - Li.- Iv f f I ? ! I ? ?1' r I CXT H0.,rj tz. - f?k UjI ! 1 A" . Aft ' ' 5TAt--v V v WIREPHOTO COVERS SPOT NEWS This Wirephoto of seven white horses drawing the flag-draped, four-wheeled caisson bearing the body of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is an example of the coverage of spot news offered by Wirephoto. The cortege is passing M v N Z wowed 'em out East, too, and Tonight was the result. The ad libbing skill of Groucho and Fred Allen is now part of U. S. legend, but, we submit, those extraordinary gentlemen now will have to make room for Steve. For our thruprence, Steve's is the most facile mind in television. Invariably, when he gets rolling, his off-the-cuffers top anything his scriptcrs can turn out. ASIDE FROM Steve's sashays into the field of impromptu one liners Tonight is full of other ex cellences, all reflecting the taste of the head man. The music on the show is almost first-rate with but few concessions to Hit Parade tastes. There's a preponderance of unhackneyed, line show times. The singers have been picked, it would seelii, for their all-around intelligence and taste, and a refreshing lot of youngsters they are. The idea of a band with a strong Dixieland flavor was an inspiration. We're told that Bill Harbach, snn of pop-song compos er Otto Harbach, has much to do with this phase of the operation, but we suspect Sieve is the catalyst. The Allen piano playing is more than passable in the jazz vein and Sieve's tasle for the labyrinths of Jazz are evidenced by the frequent guest-starring of jazz royalty like Sarah Vaughn and George Shearing. THE SKETCHES, though frequently falling apart, are so casually underplayed that when they flop, it doesn't seem- to matter. Hampered by all sorts of technical problems, such as local station bromide Fl photographic paper which needs only to be placed in the developer and processed like any other print. In the background is the transmitter which is used to send out local pictures, both to the Iowa State',, network and the the national network. (Times Photo) ': MR. TWEEDY f:rfDffffj' .jtoe'Orfi "Yessir, that'll happen brought in to cut-ins etc.. Steve and his crew have converted the drawbacks into assets, most frequently playing around with the tiny light in the rlt;ht corner that goes on when a cut-in is due. Stove gagged one night, "Actually that little light is a tiny TV show. It's called Tinyvision. Right now, the show is Fred Waring and one Pennsyl-vanian." But Allen at his best arrives wlier. Tonight will shine or fold depending on how many dazzlers his nimble brain can fashion out of simple audience interviews or passing remarks. One night the cameras followed a toy electric train around the :tagc for at least fifteen minutes accompanied by an off-the-cuff commentary by Al- Labor building on Constitution Ave., Washington en: route from the Union Station to the White House. The-photo was taken at 12 noon on April 14, 1945 and was presented in the editions of The Daily Times the same" diy. f QVWJAJ Copf. '55 ftturi Corp. " to shirts when they're us rotten." WITK DEER IS FREAK - ' ROSCOMMON, Mich. P - A small, snow-white animal caught near Roscommon has been identified as a freak deer. It is about two feet high, has legs only 10 inches long and is all white, except for its eyes and muzzle. Elf-worth M. I larger, Coniervatiorf Department biologist, said it was ja malformed fawn less than a yeaV old anc' was not a true albinq because of the color of its eyes"and nose. Ion. Could have been the biggest Iwre this side of "Stork Club:",' Instead it was almost intoxicating with the eye hypnotized by the creeping train and the brain 'tickled by one Allen boffer after another. '

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