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Vol. 12, No. 1
November 1999

Mercurial Matters

Old and New Media

News of Members

Editorial: Seduced by a "First”

2000 in Munich

Nina Wormbs wins Robinson Prize

Information Networks and Urban Spaces

Book Review:
Science in Public

Lemelson Center Fellows Program

News of the Field:
Printing History on the Web

Audio History Library

Westinghouse Films from 1904

What can "Old Technologies" Teach us about Digital Culture?

Recent and Upcoming Conferences

Journal of Radio Studies

New Edition of Bibliography


Telephone Collectors International

SHOT Session Query: Mechanical to Electrical

A Victorian Internet?

Contact Us

Mercurians Back Button

Website Extra

This just in: we have learned of a terrific website, and one pertinent to items through this issue: “The Telegraph Office,” for Telegraph Key Collectors and Historians, <>. You can link to it from <>

SHOT Session Query: Mechanical to Electrical

Maggie Dennis is organizing a session for the annual SHOT meeting in Munich, and she is looking for potential participants. The theme of the session is postwar (1950-80) consumer electronics. More specifically, the session looks at the shift from a mechanical to electronic material world. The focus on consumer electronics (as opposed to technologies developed for military, government, or industrial purposes) allows for the inclusion of both radical developments on the production side, as well as the impact on and role of consumers/users. The paper Maggie proposes to deliver at the session draws on her research about the invention and marketing of the first electronic wristwatches (one of the first consumer electronic products, along with hearing aids and hand-held calculators). Ideas for papers or suggestions for potential participants can be sent to: Maggie Dennis, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Rm. 1016, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560-0604;202/357-1593;fax:202-357-4517; <>.