Edwin W. Lovejoy (1894-1959) received his Certificate of Skill (a commercial license predating modern commercial licenses) at an early age and went on to work at United Wireless California marine station PJ (San Pedro) and others, install arc transmitters on ships, and become a federal radio inspector, “Uncle Sam’s radio policeman” for the Sixth and Seventh Districts.
Thanks to Doug Crompton, WA3DSP, who scanned old negatives from Lovejoy’s photo collection, we have many of Lovejoy’s photos of early radio stations, operators, and equipment, mostly on the West Coast. For now, here are a few of them:
Photo 66: Station Unknown.
Photo 5: Monitoring. Edwin W. Lovejoy shown.
Photo 104: In the Faraday Cage. Listener unknown.
Photo 13: Listening In. Listener unknown (not Lovejoy).
At KJA, Seattle, Washington. Driver unknown (not Lovejoy).
Photo 29: Portable Monitoring Equipment.
Inspecting Aircraft Radio for the Friendly Skies, Portland (OR) Municipal Airport, 1931.
Photo 43: Portland (OR) Mason Street Line.
Bill, W1FL, a trolley enthusiast, tells us the following about the above photo:
“This is a new car picture probably just after the cars were delivered from Brill’s in Philadelphia in April of 1932. Note the reflections on the side of the trolley car. That degree of shine wouldn’t have lasted long, hence the thought that it was sitting at a layover point (end of the line) for display. Also note the placard on the end saying “Ride America’s Modern Street Car”. These cars were bought for service on the Broadway Line (see the BW in the Route sign) and were known as “Broadway cars” during their life. These cars arrived by ship on April 30th, 1932 and were of the “Master Unit” design sold to many trolley systems by Brill. The Red Arrow lines in Philadelphia has about 12 of these design cars that ran out of 69th Street to West Chester, Sharon Hill, Media and Ardmore, PA. There are a couple that were saved including one at the PA Trolley Museum out near Pittsburgh and one of the Oregon cars at the Trolley museum near Salem Oregon. I think that the Street name is more likely to be Morrison than Mason as I’ve been unable to locate a Mason Street with Trolley tracks in any of my books. Thanks for letting me wax nostalgic about my other hobby.”
Thank you, Bill! Are there any zeppelin enthusiasts who want to tell us about the photo below?
Photo 54: Zeppelin Over Portland.
Photo 92: Monitoring Station with Loops
Photo 93: The Big Loop