UFA-Dabei 1084/1977 03.05.1977


01 Germany: Bundesbahn - computer and technology modern locomotive. Travellers with suitcases get on the train. The driver and the control centre on the phone in the locomotive. Computers are used for traffic management. Woman at the microphone. Rail maze of the locomotive seen. Train on the station grounds. Track image side table. Control Center with modern train monitoring equipment. Recordings from the passing locomotive. Data vision. Woman in the train compartment. Women with children in the dining car. Train. Booking and printing of the driving card by computer. Customer receives information. The signal box in Braunschweig is experimenting with new solutions. Also computer be used on the yard. Freight yard. Coordinating body for electronic traffic control. Railway Museum. Screen.

02. New York: City Portrait DOM (zoom). Episcopal consecration with procession. View from relief window of Cathedral City. Horn player at the window of the Cathedral. Cityscape in an old engraving. Debris after the World War II. Original reconstructed 14th century City Hall. Hall of peace in the 1648 Westphalian Peace was signed. Painting of the historic event. Old houses. Shopping arcades. Pedestrian. Guild signs on houses. Market at the Cathedral. Modern University building. City at night. Local Tin jugs and plates on the wood-paneled walls. Man drinks beer. Sausages hanging Münsterländer on the ceiling. Man drinking grain. Glowing fire. Amateur dramatics group.

03. T.A. Edison and 100 years of phonograms classic car driving through the crowd. Thomas A. Edison gets out of the car. Edison opened a bridge for the traffic. Photos of old equipment to record and play back sounds. Edison's desk is opened. Patent Office archives. Dynamo. Light bulb, phonograms, Edison's clay roller, old phonograph. Man plays Enrico Caruso records. Photos of Caruso. Photos about jazz and dance musician. Modern production. Archive footage (WIF 96).

04. Netherlands: ice hockey youth mother helps small boys pulling the ice hockey equipment. Junior do various exercises. Exercises for body check and Forchecking. Various shots in the international match between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Netherlands. Dutch in the dark Jersey. Jagermeister advertising. Parents as a spectator.

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UFA-Dabei 1084/1977

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Bundesbahn: Computer and technology camera: Rau, Jackson City Portrait of Münster camera: Jackson T. A. Edison centenary phonogram origin: Hungarian ice hockey junior origin: Polygoon at the beginning and end of total length

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Thomas Alva Edison’s 175th Birthday (* February 11, 1847)

Thomas Alva Edison is considered one of the greatest and most productive inventors of the 20th century. Born in Milan, Ohio, on February 11, 1847, the son of a schoolteacher and a small businessman, Edison showed an interest in technology during his childhood. He worked as a telegraph operator for a few years, went to New York and - from 1870 under the roof of his own workshop - drew attention with his improvements in telegraph technology. A short time later, the self-taught telegrapher founded his own laboratory in Menlo Park near New York, where he developed his phonograph and a carbon microphone for telephones in 1877, which allowed clearer speech transmission.

In order to create the conditions for the further spread of electric consumer products, the "wizard" devoted himself to the fundamentals of electrification in the following years. For example, Edison worked on optimizing the incandescent light bulb and applied for a patent for his "electric lamp" with carbon filament in 1879. He also worked on all the components that were needed to set up the infrastructure, from switches and dynamos to electric meters.

In the 1880s, the grandiose self-promoter then shifted the focus of his activities to the mass production and marketing of his developments and the implementation of electrification projects. For this reason he founded numerous new companies and invested in wiring and power plants. Around 1890, Edison engaged in a bitter "electricity war" with his competitors regarding the market share in the construction of power grids. The direct current he propagated lost against the now standard alternating current. Not least because of this defeat, he increasingly lost influence in the corporation that had emerged from his companies and operated under the name "General Electric" from 1892. He increasingly turned to the construction of media apparatuses such as the cinematograph and the kinetoscope in his new laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey.

When the self-taught inventor died in 1931 at the age of 84, he had a good 1,100 patents to his name. Even though many of them were actually the result of teamwork between scientists, engineers and technicians, his way of working paved the way for modern industrial research. In Edison's honour, his birthday has been celebrated as "National Inventor's Day" in the USA since 1983.

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