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Televox Entertains High School Students (1930)

The November 20, 1930 Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune (Muscatine, IA) ran a short blurb announcing that Televox -- a robot you might remember as the husband of one Mrs. Katrina Van Televox -- would be making an appearance at a local Iowa high school.

"Televox," the mechanical man, one of the outstanding miracles of modern science, will perform for the students of the Muscatine high school at the high school auditorium Friday at 8:40 a. m., Henry Van Hettinga, principal, announced today. This will be the high school's first taste of the High School Assembly association talent this year.

This is a treat that is always in demand in the schools which are members of the assembly association. This mechanical human, often called the "servant of the future," was built in the East Pittsburg laboratories of the Westinghouse Electric company. It will be demonstrated Friday morning by W.A. Wheeler, an expert electrician.

One of his special tricks is that of using the telephone in much the same manner as a human being. He will perform many other interesting tasks. An admission of 10 cents will be charged.


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I guess they never thought that the robot could answer the phone without having to actually pick up the receiver. I wonder what other interesting tasks he did. Did he do them with Katrina? =O

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFarley

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May 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersikiş izle

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May 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrae

(although I think your banner is a little too web 2.0 for how vintage the content is)

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrae

I love the fact that they came up with "Televox" for the name...great play on words. Funny but you'd never see an expert electrician dealing with tiny motor relays and circuits today...leave that to the engineers!
Tucson Electrician

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElectrician

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