Photos from Life magazine: When newspapers mattered

Walter Winchell with semi-automatic telegraph key

Life magazine has a nice gallery of photos they call When Newspapers Mattered.

The photo above, of NBC “columnist” Walter Winchell, caught my attention because of the semi-automatic telegraph key (commonly known as a “bug”) right next to the Life watermark.

These old keys were beautiful mechanical marvels. I’m fortunate to own a couple of them.