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A. Frederick Collins Was A Working
Partner and developer of Nathan B. Stubblefield wireless voice broadcasting system. Nathan was given stock in the Collins Corporations in exchange for Stubblefield's 1908 "Wireless Telephone" Canada Patent rights.
It had been two years since Marconi's December1901 wireless "S" Dit Dah transmission across the Atlantic ocean, and his meeting with Nathan B. Stubblefield during Nathan's wireless voice transmission in Philadelphia in May 1902. Wireless Telephony and Telegraphy, though still in it's infancy, held great promise for the future for the Smart-Daaf Boys which included men with names like Stubblefield • Marconi • Ambrose Fleming • Reginald Fessenden • Tesla • DeForest • Armstrong • Alexanderson and • Farnsworth.
 ----- With the exception of Stubblefield, all were focused on Dit Dah transmissions, using electric spark devices to make wireless a commercially viable alternative to the wired telegraph which used Morse Code Dit Dah signals to talk to each other. Stubblefield on the other hand, perfected and developed a system to transmit voice from moving vehicles, vessels and trains, that if need be, could utilize existing telephone pole connections to broadcasting and make phone calls into the home and office, any where in the world, like today's Internet. Collins saw the connection and included the Stubblefield patents in his product and marketing designs.

Like Prof. Frederick Collins, several of the technical visionaries who followed the patent filings of the Smart Daaf Boys, had formed partnerships with several of the Smart Daaf Boys, and then sub-licensed their asset to a few choice businessmen with marketing expertise, who were more interested in making a killing in printing wireless stock than in building successful companies that was to manufacture wireless telephone goods, product and services for the consumer. The cost of stamps in sending a stock certificate or two was much cheaper, "than sending radio tubes orders", said the stock promoter for DeForest.
 -----At the same time, a much smaller group was attempting to take wireless to the next logical step for wireless telephone, broadcasting.  In May, 1903, one of these men, A. Frederick Collins, formed the Collins Marine Wireless Telephone Co., and soon after changed the name of the company to Collins Wireless Telephone Co.  His wireless system was built under a licensing agreement from Stubblefield. known as the Idea Wireless System. It featured coils of insulated wire four to five feet in diameter and 3 types of portable wireless telephones demonstrated in 1902 by Stubblefield. The transmitting coil carried current modulated by a microphone, which produced a magnetic field that varied with the speech of the speaker.  The varying magnetic field produced an electric current in the receiving coil aerial placed nearby, reproducing the speaker's voice in a companion telephone receiver.
 ----- Collins toured the United States. putting on demonstrations and selling stock in the Collins Wireless Telephone Co.  He overstated claims about his technology and was vocal in predicting the downfall of telegraph stocks such as Marconi.  He usually rented two adjoining rooms in a hotel for the demonstration, placing the coils on opposite sides of a wall. He would invite celebrities and government officials to demonstrate the apparatus.  These demonstrations were spectacular and resulted in appreciable stock sales. Unfortunately the money received was used by Collins and his partners to cover the expenses of marketing their stock and to promote further speculation, not for building the assets of the company for the benefit of the stockholders.
 -----From 1900 to 1909 Collins wrote an incredible number of  technical articles for science and trade journals, as well as best selling wireless books including "Wireless Telegraphy" (1905), "Manual of Wireless Telephony and Telegraphy" (1909), and "Design and Construction of Induction Coils" (1909.)
 -----In 1908 Collins issued a two part catalogue which described the patented Stubblefield equipment in the first part, and a pure wireless set in the second part, which included a super-charge coil aerial. He used an arc to generate the carrier and modulated it by a carbon microphone to transmit signals. It could only transmit Dit Dahs and not voice, said Stubblefield in 1908, and the reasons why he got into trouble setting up stations. He claimed this unit could span a distance of eighty miles with a power of 2.4 KW.
 ----- The company had a small shop in Newark. N.J. where demonstration equipment was built, but little apparatus was ever sold. In December, 1909 Collins Wireless Telephone Company became a part of the Continental Wireless Tel. & Tel. Company, with A. Frederick Collins as Technical Director.
 ----- The stock prospectus promised A Collins wireless telephone was to be installed in each Continental station. None were installed.

Stock Fraud

In December, 1911 four officers of the Continental Co. were indicted for using the mails to defraud in selling worthless stock.

According to the trial records, they were charged with 5 counts in:

1. Selling worthless stock in the Collins Wireless Telephone Co.
2. Persuading owners of Collins stock to buy worthless Continental stock.
3. Selling worthless bonds of the Continental Co.
4. Selling worthless Continental stock.

 ----- In addition, A. Frederick Collins was charged with giving a fraudulent demonstration of his wireless telephone on Oct. 14, 1909 at the Electrical Show in Madison Square Garden, New York, for the purpose of selling stock in the Collins Wireless Telephone Co.
 -----It was developed at the trial that the four Collins officers had claimed in their prospectus that the Collins wireless telephone had been perfected to such an extent that in a community equipped with it, any two subscribers could talk to each other with total exclusion of all other subscribers, that the Collins wireless telephone would do away with all central exchanges. the necessity for wire lines, etc., that an automobile so equipped would be in constant touch with a garage so as not to be stranded in case of trouble, that because of the lower cost of the wireless telephone, with no wires needed, the telephone and telegraph systems would soon be put out of business and that the demand for the equipment would increase so rapidly that the stock price would quickly increase. Click here to see an example of these claims.
 -----Four officers were convicted on all five counts. Three were fined and sentenced on January 10. 1913. to prison terms of up to four years. This was the end of the Continental Wireless Tel. & Tel. Co.
 -----A. Frederick Collins was sentenced to three years in jail in Atlanta. After serving one year he was released on parole. Before his conviction he had been a respected engineer, considered an authority on wireless in general and a specialist in wireless telephony. In his later career he wrote books on electricity and wireless for teenagers, including The Collins Radio Amateurs Handbook.
 ----- The collapse of Continental was mirrored by the downfall of other companies such as United Wireless and DeForest. The era of bogus stock selling had come to an end.

Get the Facts from "Disappointments Are Great" -- The Smart-Daaf Boys.


"Wireless Communication in the United States", The New England Wireless and Steam Museum, 1989
The Story of the Wireless Telephone",  Collins Wireless Telephone Company, 1909
"Modern Electrics", Vol. 1, No. 5. "Collins Wireless Telephone", Modern Electrics Publications
"Modern Electrics", Vol. 1, No. 7. "Collins Long Distance Wireless Telephone", Modern Electrics Publications



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