Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Big City Sign

I just learned about the modern mechanix blog thanks to make blog. It's yesterday's tomorrow today! i am so glad someone is taking the time to not only archive these things, but also making them easy to access.

Here is a very cool article from 1939 about the first programmable electronic sign in Times Square (think the grandfather of the Jumbotron). Every single change of a light, and there are 27,000 of them, is punched as a row on a 160 column roll of paper that gets fed through the vast machine.

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