Sunday, June 19, 2011

80 years ago: June 19, 1931

Explorer To Use Short Wave Sets

NEW YORK, June 19.—David Binney Putnam, youthful explorer and author, who will sail June 18 for Labrador and Iceland on a scientific expedition, will keep in touch with the United States and the rest of the world by short-wave radio and television receivers.

Putnam, who will be 18 a few days before he sails, will be second in command under Captain Desmond Holdridge of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. Putnam is to make ethnological collections in Labrador and Iceland.

The Johalla, a Nova Scotia 47-foot schooner, will be equipped with a gasoline engine and short wave radio and television receivers.

This will be Putnam's second trip to the sub-artic. The party will largely retrace the route of Leif Ericsson's pioneer journey.

— Painesville (Ohio) Telegraph, June 19, 1931

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