Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sound Of Silence...!

Here is a little known fact about the use of sound during the second World War. By that, I mean I didn't know it!

To tell the truth, this was a brilliant use of the loudspeakers to keep the public informed. I would have never thought of it, I'm afraid!

Radio was an incredibly important form of mass communication during World War II. For example, before and after air raids, the city of Leningrad broadcast instructions to take cover and later, issued the all-clear over a municipal radio service. That radio system reached most of the city; it had about half a million households and businesses with speakers, and another 10 to 20, 000 loudspeakers on the street. But what if the Germans bombed the transmitters? How would the people of Leningrad know? To account for this, the city radio employed an early version of comfort noise, softly broadcasting the sound of a metronome when no announcements were being made.

Just goes to show that folks can come up with some ingenious ways to stay alive and help others do the same. Pretty cool!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Fresh peaches on the side!

9 comments:

Chickenmom said...

Interesting, Mr. Hermit. Wonder what could be used in today's world if the grid went down.
Peaches? I'll bring the whipped cream!

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Does make you wonder, doesn't it? Whatever it is, I hope it works this well!

Thanks for coming by today!

Momlady said...

I love the sound of silence on my porch. Peaches....yum.

Sixbears said...

People can come up with some pretty clever solutions in times of need.

Once again, another rainy morning, so coffee in my office while on the 'net.

All the best!

Mamahen said...

Interesting! Funny how when a sound your use to stops, how the silence seems to be overpowering at times....No time to chat today....got family plans but thanks for the invite, and have a great day :))

Dizzy-Dick said...

That works for me, since I have tinitus and always hear load ringing. So if I stop hearing it, I know I am dead.

JO said...

Smart!

What beautiful morning it is. Should be out walking So I will have a cup with you then off I go.

Hermit Ladee said...

The fresh peaches sound wonderful. After eating them in the summer, it pains me to eat the store bought canned things. Hope you enjoy your morning!

HermitJim said...

Hey Momlady...
It's nice that your porch is a quiet zone! Not the case here in the city.

Thanks, my friend, for coming over!



Hey Sixbears...
Guess it's true that necessity is the mother of invention!

Thanks for coming over today!



Hey Mamahen...
Family first always! That's something that has it's own comfort noise level!

Thanks for the visit today!



Hey Dizzy...
I can see where silence wouldn't be good in your case!

Thanks for coming over today!



Hey Jo...
Take advantage of the good weather while it last!

Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by this morning!



Hey Hermit Ladee...
Nothing beats the taste of fresh fruit! Store bought canned...blahhh!

Many thanks for coming by today!