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10 Odd Things You Probably Didn't Know About the History of Radio

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8. Radio in Roller Chairs - (What's a Roller Chair?)
10 Radio Oddities

10 Radio Oddities

Graphic Credit: © Corey Deitz

In August, 1920, it was reported that visitors to the boardwalk at Asbury Park, New Jersey, could ride in “roller chairs” which were “…equipt to receive wireless telephone and telegraph signals as the passenger rolls merrily along the boardwalk.”

The tourists listened to “…conversations and musical phonograph records which are transmitted by the Foxhurst station of the Deal Beach plant of the Western Electric Co.”

Not exactly like getting Satellite Radio in your new Prius, but a start.

(*For more, see: United States Early Radio History by Thomas H White)

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