Is this a fax machine from 1927?

Via Shorpy: "Washington, D.C., 1927. No caption on this Harris & Ewing glass plate of what seems to be facsimile equipment. "

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  1. Fax machines are, in principle, much older than that. As usual, Tim Hunkin explains everything:

    (Skip to 5:25 for an example from the 1800's.)

  2. Caption: Good news, everyone! I just discovered I inherited a small fortune from the Prince of Nigeria, and found away to increase my penis size!

  3. this is a bélinograph

  4. Some people think that a fax machine works by sending little strips of paper through the tubes. But that's ridiculous. Only the ink goes through the tubes.

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