MP-1983.99.1 | Amateur radio station NC2BN, Montreal, QC, 1915

 
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Amateur radio station NC2BN, Montreal, QC, 1915
Anonyme - Anonymous
1915, 20th century
Silver salts on paper - Gelatin silver process
11 x 16 cm
Gift of Mr. Martin Pflug
MP-1983.99.1
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Communication (8) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

The mass media really took off with the advent of radio. From the first attempts by Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi, who completed the first transatlantic communication in 1901, radio became a pastime for idealists who saw in this fantastic means of communication the promise of a better world. The military use of radio in the First World War revealed the naïveté of that ideal. Nevertheless, in much the same way as with photography, many amateurs wanted to develop Marconi's technology. The establishment, starting in 1910, of amateur (or ham) radio associations was an expression of this enthusiasm for new technologies.

  • What

    Like photography, which dissolved borders with pictures of strangers and far-off places, radio helped reduce distances between people.

  • Where

    In Canada, the use of the radio frequency spectrum to transmit radio waves and establish communication is governed by the Radiocommunication Act.

  • When

    The first wireless telegraphy station in Canada was opened in 1902 in Glace Bay, NS. Radio in Canada really got going with the creation, in 1936, of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

  • Who

    From the age of 10, Guglielmo Marconi, one of the inventors of radio, began experimenting with electricity. He soon learned the telegraphic code invented by the American Samuel Morse, who was also a pioneer of photography.