Houston Lifestyles & Homes March 2010
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Two of the more important technological advancements that came out of the 1800s were photography and radio.  To capture light was truly a fantastic  thing, and the ability to hear sounds from across the world seemed miraculous.
The first photograph was made in Houston in 1843. It would be almost 75 years later that Calvin Wheat would open his commercial photography studio. One of his accounts was the American Maid Flour Company. Part of their $250,000 advertising budget went to sponsor a radio band that broadcast from station KTLC. In keeping with the corporate identity of American Maid, all of the band members had to dress like Indians.
Houston had four radio stations in the early 1930s. The popular KTRH made its first broadcast from the famous Rice Hotel in 1930. Exciting news from around the world and beautiful music from around the corner entertained the locals and brought the city of Houston one step closer to the way of the future.
It is unfortunate that these photographs cannot capture the sound being made, but at least they preserve the moment. Perhaps our imagination can do the rest!
the sounds of success
By Story Sloane III
An early 1930's Houston Lighting and Power window display of new RCA radios The young broadcast announcer Guy Savage For KTRH, 1931 The American Maid Flour Band singer, 1932  The American Maid Flour Band,  1932
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Historically Houston
Photos courtesy of Story Sloane’s Gallery, www.sloanegallery.com
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