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Yes90 They Said
BY WALDON FAWCETT;
The latest and one of the most
interesting systems of wireless communication with
which experiments have recently been conducted is
the invention of Nathan Stubblefield, of Murray,
Ky., an electrical engineer who is the patentee of
a number of devices both in this country and
abroad. The Stubblefield system differs from that
originated by Marconi in that utilization is made
of the electrical currents of the earth instead of
the ethereal waves employed by the Italian
inventor, and which, by the way, it is now claimed,
are less powerful and more susceptible to
derangement by electrical disturbances than the
currents found in the earth and water. In this new
system, however, as in that formulated by Marconi,
a series of vibrations is created, and what is
known as the Hertzian electrical wave currents are
Inventor Solves Problem of Wireless
Professor M. L. Pence, who has the chair of
physics at the Kentucky State college, and whose
theory as to why the earth is a magnet created a
sensation in the scientific world some months ago,
was seen in regard to the Stubblefield experiments,
which seem to have a bearing on his theory. He
1902 - "Telephoning
Without Wires," By Trumbull White
We have had the telephone for more than a
quarter of a century in practical working use, and
have begun to think of it no longer as
extraordinary. In truth, however, the advances and
improvements in the ordinary telephone since the
first successful experiments were made, mark almost
as great progress as did the original invention
News,January, 1925 - "Radio vs. Wireless," By Edward
RADIO BROADCASTS FROM SHIPS
Taken from: Adventist World Radio's "Wavescan" -
(DX Programs WS333 and WS336).Many thanks
to Dr. Adrian Peterson
The first voice broadcast from a ship was conducted
by the Kentucky inventor, Nathan Stubblefield, on
March 20, 1902.
invented radio? By Don Bishop Editorial Director
Who do you think invented radio? Tesla?
the Beginning: A Short History of RF
Technology By Karl Jalbert, Bishop & Associates
It's hard to believe, in today's WiFi world, but
these wireless pioneers also weathered their share
of skeptics and roadblocks before their work was
embraced by the public.
The Atlanta Constitution, March 9, 1902"Kentucky Inventor Solves Problem of Wireless
Telephone" - Nathan Stubblefield
(Written for The Sunny South.)
THROUGH wood, brick, mortar and solid
stone; through blocks of business houses, over long
distance, through city streets, uninterrupted by
the noise of traffic, Nathan Stubblefield, an
inventor of Murray, Ky., has transmitted the sound
of human voice without wires.
Nathan B. Stubblefield Patents
U.S. Patent 329,864 Patent - "Lighting device" -
November 3, 1885.
U.S. Patent 378,183 Patent - "Mechanical
telephone" - February 21, 1888.
* U.S. Patent 600,457 Patent - "Electric battery" -
March 8, 1898.
* U.S. Patent 887,357 Patent - "Wireless Telephone"
- May 12, 1908.
* Canadian Patent 114,737 -- "Wireless Telephone" -
dated, October 20, 1908.
the Hillsides Blossom With Light
Telephoning without Wires. I have solved the problem of telephoning
without wires through the earth as Signor Marconi
has of sending signals through space. But, I can
also telephone without wires through space as well
as through the earth, because my medium is
everywhere. I have
solved the problem of telephoning without wires
through the earth as Signor Marconi has of sending
signals through space."
"The past is nothing. I have perfected now the
greatest invention the world has ever known. I have
taken light from the air and the earth, as I did
Wireless - Nathan Stubblefield
The Legend - Variations - The Rest of the Story -
By Garth Haslam
The newspaper article won Stubblefield an
invitation to demonstrate his invention in
Washington, DC. At this demonstration one of his
boxes was placed on a steamship, the Bartholdi, on
the Potomac River, while a number of other boxes
were positioned along the shore at sites of the
users' choosing. Communication between the boxes --
including the one on the ship -- was fantastically
clear. Stubblefield also demonstrated his wireless
telephone in Philadelphia and New York that same
In 1903, he could transmit 375 feet without earth
connections, using induction. In 1904, he could
transmit 423 yards. The total wire required for the
transmitting and receiving coils was of a greater
length than what would be required to simply
interconnect the transmitter and receiver, but the
invention would allow mobility. By 1907,
with a 60 foot transmitting coil, he could work 1/4
mile or 1320 feet "nicely." On May 12, 1908, he
received U.S. patent 887,357 for his Wireless
Telephone, using the voice frequency induction
system. He said in the patent that it would be
useful for "securing telephonic communications
between moving vehicles and way stations". The
diagram shows wireless telephony from trains,
boats, and wagons. In foreign patents he showed
wireless telephony with cars. U he was using
voice-modulated continuous high frequency waves, as
used for radio today.  Reginald
Fessenden had already made a widely heard radio
voice broadcast, using a rotary spark gap
transmitter, on December 24, 1906.
Beverley Stubblefield,1860 -
initial experiments involved the development and
examination of simple earth batteries: buried
metallic arrangements, which produced weak
electrolytic power, during the early stages of this
charge building process, the characteristic weak
output was observed. This was usually a volt at
half an amp, the general electrolytic output of
buried metals. However,
if properly placed, the energetic output of his
cell would be phenomenal. Finding such a power
point, he buried one of his cells. The process took
a week or more to build strength. Once the cell was
"saturated" it became (in his words) "a conduit of
"Stubblefield simply stated that the
fully saturated coil suddenly "manifested an
electromotive force far greater than any known
wet-cell." This state being achieved, the current
flowed in "commercial electrical volumes."
Stubblefield developed a peculiar bi-metallic
induction coil which, when buried, draw up
sufficient electrical power to operate lamps and
other appliances which he designed and tested.
Technology Conference 2007 Resonant Energy
"From the Arc to Stubblefield," by John Arthur
One of the main pioneers of this unique energy
source was Nathan Stubblefield. Stubblefield
claimed he could send messages through the air
without wires. On January 1, 1902 Stubblefield and
his son Bernard had set up two boxes 200 ft apart
that were not connected in any visible way.
Not one of these later systems ever achieved the
same results of clarity, tone, and volume of
Stubblefield ground telephony.
Archives Library - A Chronological
History of Electrical Development from 600 B.C.
1892 NATHAN B. STUBBLEFIELD ( ) demonstrates a
radio broadcast. In 1902 he gave a public
exhibition of his invention in Fairmont Park,
Philadelphia, his voice being heard a mile from the
transmitter. He was granted Patent No. 887,357, May
1892 The General Electric Company is
organized and incorporated April 15 by a
consolidation of the Edison General Electric
the Hillside Blossom with Light Two weeks before his death, Stubblefield
visited with a neighbor, Mrs. L. E. Owen. He asked
her to write his story. He said, "I've lived fifty
years before my time." The past is nothing.
Real Father of Radio" By Lorenzo Milam from material in article by
Thos. Hoffer in THE JOURNAL OF BROADCASTING. Summer
1971. Also found in The Original Sex and
Broadcasting, by Lorenzo Milam Lorenzo Milam from
material in article by Thos. Hoffer in
Stubblefield - ForgottenGenius Of Wireless
PhonesFrom Jack C. Robinson
"Kentucky farmer invents wireless telephone" blared
the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on January 12, 1902.
The full-page feature article described the
remarkable natural-conduction device invented by
Nathan Stubblefield, a 42-year-old melon farmer
who'd devoted every spare hour and penny he had to
establishing telephone service in his hometown,
Murray, Ky. This time--his third attempt at
connecting the widely separated households in the
area--Stubblefield was sure he had Ma Bell by the
SMART DAAF BOYS - The
history of radio and tevision and the life and
style of Nathan B. Stubblefield. A Four-Volume-Set
written by Troy Cory-Stubblefield and Josie Cory,
Desktop Dictionary: Research: Co-Author: Mark Sova.
Includes the Cory/Woods/Harris Washington D.C.
demonstrations in 1992 at the Smithsonian. Elliot
Sivowitch in attendance.
Edwards, Frank 1959 -
"Neglected Genius," Stranger Than Science,
Lyle Stuart, Inc., pgs. 9-11 [NOTE: I've found
that most of the stories that Edwards presents in
Stranger Than Science are originally from accounts
in FATE Magazine, for which he wrote several
articles and was apparently a regular reader. So,
it seems likely there is an account of
Stubblefield's wireless somewhere within the pages
of FATE, which I will check on.]
Hoffer, Thomas W. 1971 -
"Nathan B. Stubblefield and His Wireless
Telephone," Journal of Broadcasting, Vol. XV, No.3,
Summer 1971, pg. 317-329.
Horten, L.J. - 1937 -
"Another 'Inventor of Radio," Broadcasting and
Broadcast Advertising, January 1, 1937, pg. 32
[NOTE: The entire text of a radio broadcast
made by Horton is quoted within the text of this
article, and this is what is referenced here.]
Kane, Joseph Nathan.
1933 - "Radio Broadcast,"
Famous First Facts, 1933, pg. 423 Lambert, Edward
1970 - "Let's hear it for
Bernard Stubblefield!", TV Guide, October 10, 1970,
pg. 18-20 Monument (author unknown).
1930 - Text from the
Stubblefield monument on the campus of the Murray
State College in Murray, Kentucky. It reads thus:
HERE IN 1902 NATHAN B. STUBBLEFIELD 1860 - 1928
INVENTOR OF RADIO -- BROADCAST AND RECEIVED THE
HUMAN VOICE BY WIRELESS. HE MADE EXPERIMENTS 10
YEARS EARLIER. HIS HOME WAS 100 FEET
Sivowitch, Elliot N. 1970
- "A Technological Survey of Broadcasting's
'Pre-History,' 1876-1920," Journal of Broadcasting,
Vol. XV, No.1, Winter 970-1971, pg. 1-20.
1961a - "Induction, Electric," World Book
Encyclopedia, Vol. 9, 1961, pg. 178
1961b - "Radio, History," World Book Encyclopedia,
Vol. 15, 1961, pg. 87.