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ISBN: 0934909849Издательство: Northeastern University Press
Год издания: 2003
Book DescriptionAccomplished inventor, visionary photographer, philanthropist, and successful businessman, Francis Blake (1850?1913) changed not only the way Americans communicated in the nineteenth century but also?quite literally?how they saw themselves. His major inventions, the telephone transmitter and innovations in high-speed photography, and his Weston, Massachusetts estate "Keewaydin" epitomized how a gifted individual of modest circumstances could create and re-create himself during America?s Gilded Age. The Blake telephone transmitter became the world standard, and anyone who spoke into Alexander Graham Bell's device in the last twenty years of the nineteenth century also encountered Blake?s name, emblazoned on histransmitter. In addition, he invested an enormous amount of his energy, talent, and wealth in his home, originally designed by Charles Follen McKim, and its elaborate grounds. This self-contained compound, which included homes for his...