MORSE CODE, TELEPHONES, MONEY and COOL STUFF

Last Update: Dec 13, 2016


THE MORSE CODE POSTER

Poster
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Poster
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Well the poster march goes on with the addition of my latest poster. The Morse Code poster is dedicated to the education and preservation of Morse Code.

Amazingly, Morse code has been in use for more than 180 years and represents the longest used electrical coding system in the world.

Morse code was co-invented in the 1830's by Samuel F. B. Morse (1791 1872) and Alfred Vail (1807-59).

It was developed so that telegraph operators could translate the indentations marks on the original telegraph paper tape into text messages. In his earliest code, Morse had planned to only transmit numerals, and use a dictionary to look up each word according to the number which had been sent. However, the code was soon expanded by Alfred Vail to include letters and special characters, so it could be used more generally. Vail determined the frequency of use of letters in the English language by counting the movable type he found in the type-cases of a local newspaper in Morristown. The shorter marks were called "dots", and the longer ones "dashes", and the letters most commonly used were assigned the shorter sequences of dots and dashes. [Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code]

This poster was inspired by an old deck of cards from the early 60's that I discovered in a big junky antique shop in a remote region in North Carlonia (near East Lake). The set was called "Audio-Visual Morse Code Training" and used an interesting visual technique for teaching Morse code that included a set of pictures with each letter. I decided to turn this into a poster and added images to the numbers as well. This poster makes a great conversation piece and would look great in your Ham Radio Shack!

The poster is printed on heavy 100# Gloss Cover paper with a varnish coating.

The poster measures 24" (61cm) by 18" (46cm) including a 1/2" border and will be shipped in a rugged 3"x18" Kraft Mailing tube.

Get one to spiff up your Ham Radio Shack or give a gift to an Amateur Radio enthusiast friend! -Rick- (KI4PJI)


THE TELEPHONE STORY POSTER

Poster
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Poster
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It was 45 years ago when my Dad took me to a open house at the phone company. What an experience to walk into that massive Central Office and hearing all those banks of stepper switches clicking away. It was there that I was given the coolest poster: "The Telephone Story". It hung on my bedroom wall till I went to college. I still have the original poster but it's a little tattered around the edges after all these years!

After years of planning and learning how to make posters, I have finally created my own version of "The Telephone Story". This poster is an enhanced recreation of the original posters produced by Western Electric in 1965, 1967 and 1976. I've expanded the number of phones from 30 to 50, added model numbers and some additional detail (where I could fit it in). The extra phone models I included represented what I thought were significant or interesting design milestones and helped make this poster an even better tribute to the amazing company: "Western Electric".

Also see my Keyboard Trivia page discussing the design of a numeric keypads. Why are telephone keypads different from calculators?

The poster is printed using a leading edge stochastic screen process on heavy 100# Gloss Cover paper with a UV coating. The Stochastic printing process, also called frequency modulation (FM) screening, uses small (10, 20 or 25 Micron), same size dots in a random pattern and varies the density of the dot to create an image that is closer to continuous tone. I think you will be impressed with the results. -Rick-

The poster measures 16" (40.6cm) by 24" (61cm) and will be shipped in a rugged 3"x18" Kraft Mailing tube.

Order a copy for yourself or to give as a great present!


MAGIC BEHIND YOUR DIAL


(click here to download (its big but cool - 30Meg)

This publication is from 1956. I was given it when I toured the Telephone Company in the mid 60's as a child.


MODERN UNITED STATES CURRENCY POSTER

Poster
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Poster
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Wow, is this a diversification from calculators! Yes but I also enjoy art and money is art. It takes amazing skills and processes to produce modern currency. Our currency has really evolved over the past 15 years. This poster is designed to let you see the evolution and fantastic art that comprises our United States currency.

This poster (like The Telephone Story poster above) is printed using a leading edge stochastic screen process on heavy 100# Gloss Cover paper with a UV coating. The Stochastic printing process, also called frequency modulation (FM) screening, uses small (10, 20 or 25 Micron), same size dots in a random pattern and varies the density of the dot to create an image that is closer to continuous tone. I think you will be impressed with the results. -Rick-

The poster measures 14 1/4" (36.2cm) by 22" (55.9cm) and will be shipped in a rugged 3"x18" Kraft Mailing tube.

And this poster is legal, here is the Federal regulation:

REGULATIONS FOR REPRODUCING U.S. CURRENCY PART 411 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS OF UNITED STATES CURRENCY Authority: 18 U.S.C. 504; Treasury Directive Number 15-56, 58 FR 48539 (September 16, 1993) 411.1 Color illustrations authorized. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of chapter 25 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code, authority is hereby given for the printing, publishing or importation, or the making or importation of the necessary plates or items for such printing or publication, of color illustrations of U.S. currency provided that: 1. The illustration must be of a size less than three-fourths or more than one and one-half, in linear dimension, of each part of any matter so illustrated; 2. The illustration must be one sided.

Basically it says the pictures of currency must be less than 3/4 scale or greater than 1.5 scale (This poster is scaled at ~55% of full size) and the poster must be one sided.

I've received a number of emails stating this poster serves as a great teaching aid for school children.

Order a copy for yourself or to give as a great present!


What does one TRILLION dollars look like?


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And Yes, that's a person to the left standing next to pallets of $100 bills.... 100 rows by 50 column stacked 2 pallets high, totalling 10,000,000 pallets. Each pallet is 40" x 42" x 43" tall and contains $100 million, so 10 of these pallets would contain $1 billion. And 10,000 of these pallets would contain 1 trillion dollars!

This is a great page that shows various amounts of ever increasing sums of money. And once you see this page go here and get sick as you see the National Debt when it was only 11 Trillion Dollars!


Dollar ReDe$ign Project


(click here to visit the Dollar ReDe$ign Project)

Here's a cool site where artists can contribute their concepts for new US currency.

From the site: "The Dollar ReDe$ign Project hopes to bring about change for everyone. We want to rebrand the US Dollar, rebuild financial confidence and revive our failing economy."


(click here to visit the 2010 Dollar ReDe$ign Project Winners site)


Cool Currency Downloads


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About The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (.pdf)

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The Bureau of Engraving and Printing History (.pdf)

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About Currency Notes (.pdf)

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Symbols on American Money (.pdf)

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US Secret Service - Know Your Money (old $100) - April 2008 (.pdf)

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US Secret Service - Know Your Money (new $100) - June 2014 (.pdf)

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Currency Booklet (The Latest in U.S. Currency Designs) (.pdf)

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Currency - Know It's Features (.pdf)

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Facts About Money (.pdf)

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Currency-Greenbacks (.pdf)

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Getting to Know your Money (.pdf)


Want to learn more about US Currency?

Bureau of Engraving and Printing
US Currency
A Brief History of Money
New Money
How to Detect Counterfeit Money: 8 Ways to Tell if a Bill Is Counterfeit
Six Kinds of United States Paper Currency
Paper Money Guide
History of Money in America (from Serena Castleton)
Before There Were Checks: The History of Money (from Marian Boyd)



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