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FDR spoke into these microphones during his Fireside Chats. “NBC insisted that the microphone have white call letters so they would be more difficult for competing news organizations to remove in photographs.”
— From Parade magazine, August 10, 2013, excerpted from Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History by William L. Bird, Jr., published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2013.

FDR spoke into these microphones during his Fireside Chats. “NBC insisted that the microphone have white call letters so they would be more difficult for competing news organizations to remove in photographs.”

— From Parade magazine, August 10, 2013, excerpted from Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History by William L. Bird, Jr., published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2013.

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