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This Day In History

August 1, 1779
Today in 1779: Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner, is born.

Video: Radio Fax

Radio Fax episode

Although we might think of fax machines as a relatively recent (if somewhat dated) technology, our newest Founding Fragments episode uncovers the surprising truth. Host Tory Altman speaks with Hal Wallace of the Museum's electricity collection about a futuristic 1930s device that used radio signals to transmit images.

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Intern Laura Blanton shares the story behind objects newly added to our entertainment collections. Watching this year's Academy Award...

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