On the First Great Communicator

Calvin Coolidge with PallophotophonePresident Coolidge Being Filmed  10635805_10201795485843742_4774895272329756774_n

Here is one of the earliest official uses of the pallophotophone, which recorded the voice for playing in conjunction with film, Vice President Coolidge on December 13, 1922. The second photo depicts then-President Coolidge being filmed for news reels. Together with his masterful use of the medium of radio, adept handling of the press, and potent talents as the last President to compose all of his own speeches, Coolidge is genuinely the first Great Communicator. It is readily apparent where a young teenager named “Dutch” in Dixon, Illinois, would derive profound inspiration in the years to come.

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