National Geographic : 1960 Jan
SUPER ANSCOCHROMEBY NEALP. DAVIS © N.G .S. to fly four times faster than the wind; the world record is 144 miles an hour are found now throughout New Jersey, but the largest of all is Radio Corporation of America, with division headquarters in Cam den and branches at 40 other sites throughout the State. RCA's beginning involved an enterprising machinist, one Eldridge R. Johnson, of Cam den, to whom Emile Berliner brought a "talk ing machine" in 1896. It sounded, Johnson wrote, "like a parrot with a sore throat," but he became interested "as I had never been interested in anything before." So interested, indeed, that he founded the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901. Receipts totaled a tidy $100,000 the first year; then, as Johnson relieved the machine's sore throat, income rose astonishingly to about $1,000,000 by 1905-a jump of 900 percent in four years! Today nearly twenty thousand men and women work for RCA in the Camden area. Production at this original site no longer in cludes "talking machines" or phonograph rec ords, but instead ranges from pocket-size two-way radios to mammoth electronic com puters, which anyone with the need and $1,000,000 or so in ready cash can buy. In looking ahead, RCA has not turned its thunderous surf breaks only a few hundred yards from the resort's summer cottages KODACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERB. ANTHONYSTEWART© N.G .S.