National Geographic : 1943 Aug
JUST HOW FAR executive thinking is aided by a clear Havana perfecto is a question not yet surveyed. The fact remains that many a business man dictates to his Dictaphone with a cigar in his mouth. That kind of talk is strictly American, but secretaries don't like it, because it isn't always easy for them to understand it. So in the Dictaphone Research Laboratories at Bridgeport, Conn., we have done quite a bit of research on the problem presented by the voice with a cigar in it. After all, the aim of Dictaphone engineers is to make a machine that will record dictation intelligibly under all sorts of office conditions. THE VOIC The first thing that Dictaphone engineers did was to trim away all disturbing overtones and resonances. Then they started experimenting with the reconstruction of voices which had been thus pared down. When war struck, they had already taken long steps in this direction. Too thin and too-deep voices-words mumbled or over-emphasized were being successfully built up or cut away to produce intelligible tones that secretaries could more easily understand. In the avalanche of war activity Dicta phone dictating and recording equipment bears the brunt in many an office of both Government and industry-saving precious A CIGAR IN IT... minutes -- getting vital ideas into action fast! Meanwhile Dictaphone engineers have turned out many improvements in electric voice re cording for use by the armed services-brand new ideas which will further extend the useful ness of the Dictaphone method of dictation to meet the challenge of the post-war era. Dictaphone Corporation, 4~0 Lexington Ave nue, New York City. DICTAPHONE ACOUSTICORD DICTATING EQUIPMENT EICTRICORD RECIORBING EOUIPMEMT The word DICTAPHONE is the Registered Trade-Mark of Dictaphone Corporation, Makers of Dictating Machines and Accessories to which said Trade-Mark is Applied.