John Coolidge and friends listen to his son's acceptance speech over a short-wave radio from his farmhouse in Plymouth, VT, circa 1924.
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A small group of people, sitting in chairs and wearing headphones, are listening to a radio broadcast.

Credit: ┬ęCORBIS/Bettmann) Donated by Corbis-Bettmann

In 1923, Westinghouse Electric created a national system of radio broadcast through the use of short wave relays. In November, 1924, its international broadcast of Calvin Coolidge's landslide victory in the 1924 presidential election enabled Coolidge's father to hear the news in his Vermont farmhouse, an event documented by this news photograph.

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