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Archive for Sunday, December 4, 2011

40 years ago: Fax machine debuts at KU library

December 4, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 4, 1971:

  • The Kansas University library system was planning a new and faster process for interlibrary loans. The "facsimile transmission" between the main campus and the KU Medical Center's library used "an acoustically-coupled transreceiver that sends a page of printed text over an ordinary telephone line in four to six minutes." The relatively low scanning speed required the service to be limited to documents less than ten pages in length.
  • Traffic signals were scheduled to be installed at the intersection of 23rd and Haskell in about four months, said City Manager Buford Watson. The Kansas State Highway Commission had approved the signals at their Nov. 23 meeting. An application was to be submitted for federal assistance for the signals, which were expected to cost between $7,500 and $8,000.

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