Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 18

April 18, 1895 – “The announcement in the telegraph dispatches of today that Chas. Willoughby, of San Francisco, had just perfected a system for telegraphing pictures and the Daily Call of that city had successfully received a picture by it from Los Angeles, attracted the attention of W. H. Lowd, train dispatcher of the Northern Pacific, and he has written Willoughby to inform him that he is infringing on a copyright secured by Lowd several months ago and warning him to desist. Lowd’s plan, however, appears to be considerably better than Willoughby’s, from the published descriptions and requires much less work on the part of the operator.”

Minneapolis Journal; “Willoughby
Must Desist, A Minnesota Inventor Who Holds the Right on Telegraphing Photos”; Minneapolis, Minn.; April 19, 1895.


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