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…
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Photo: Los Angeles Times