a website collaboration between Science Service and the Smithsonian Institution

1935 - PHOTONA driving pulleys for the tone discs, complicated wiring, transformers used for lighting and nine hundred six volt lamps which is the source of light played on the photo-electric cells

WCAU PHOTONA

E&MP 88.008

Music Recording - Electronic

ca. 1935

Rear and top view of the "WCAU Photona".

The driving pulleys for the tone discs, complicated wiring, transformers used for lighting and nine hundred six volt lamps which is the source of light played on the photo-electric cells, producing the unusual tones of this new instrument.

ELECTRICIAN'S NIGHTMARE

May 18, 1935

This rear view of the Photona exposes its complicated maze of wiring, controlling the 900 lights and numerous rotating disks that combine with photoelectric cells to produce a modern kind of music.

Original Caption by Science Service
© MODERN ART STUDIOS



National Museum of American History

Home

Search - Site Map - Subjects to Choose From - Numbering Format

Credits - Copyright - Comments