Thursday, October 01, 2009
I have quite a few old radios lying about, and some of them have interesting details such as this Motorola table radio from the 1950s, complete with an atomic domed tuning window against a greenish plastic cold war motif. If you look closely, you can see the mandatory Conelrad marking on the dial, put there in US radios as part of an early warning system in the event of incoming Russian ICBMs. Remnants of Conelrad, which is a contraction of "Control of Electromagnetic Radiation", can be heard in the occasional Emergency Broadcast System alert. For many years, we also had a weekly warning siren that could be heard across America, usually at noon, on Fridays. We called it "the twelve o'clock whistle".
Posted by Bob Crowley at 11:26 AM