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Willie Vocalite at the Ford trimotor National Air Transport opening ceremony, Newark Airport, 1931. » Blog Archive » 1931 – Willie Vocalite – Joseph M. Barnett (American)

The mechanical man has been ‘humanized’ in some respects and taught some of the manners of polite society. The Westinghouse robot - Mr Willie Vocalite - shown in this photograph smokes cigarettes and obligingly ‘gives a light’ to his companion. Another robot in Pennsylvania State College with a glass throat and water lungs puffs cigars all day long and reports scientific facts about tobacco which the most expert human smokers could not find out. photo taken on April 16th, 1931