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  • We acquired this object.

1934

  • Work on this object began.

2016

2017

Mural Detail, The World of Radio, 1934

This is a Mural detail. It was designed by Arthur Gordon Smith and made for Mrs. Nadea Dragonette Loftus and Jessica Dragonette. It is dated 1934. Its medium is cotton and its technique is wax resist dyeing (batik) on plain weave.

In 1920, the Westinghouse Electric Company set up the first radio transmitting station to regularly broadcast scheduled programming from a rooftop shack above its Pittsburgh manufacturing facility—the small building on the left. On November 2, 1920, this station, KDKA, made the nation’s first radio broadcast of the results of a U.S. Presidential election, announcing the victory of Warren G. Harding over James M. Cox.
To the right is the original 500-watt WJZ transmitter that Westinghouse installed in Newark, New Jersey in 1921.

It is credited Gift of Nicholas Meredith Turner in memory of Jessica Dragonette.

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