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Way Back When in Santa Barbara & Mesa Memories

"WAY BACK WHEN" WEDNESDAY - 100 years ago this month

On the Cutting Edge of Technology
In September 1919, the Santa Barbara paper printed its first photo that was transmitted by telegraph. (Don't ask me how it works. I read the explanation and I still don't understand it.) But, they did it. Who had the honor of being the subject of the first photo sent by wire? George Washington? President Woodrow Wilson? World War I hero General Jack Pershing? Nope.
It was a guy who wore an army uniform and was traveling around the West cashing bogus checks. There was no mention of him in future articles, so BOLO [that's cop code for "be on the lookout."] He might still be out there passing bad checks. (Image: Santa Barbara Morning Press, September 25, 1919)

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