The Press: First Fax

In the lobby of Philadelphia's Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, people stopped to stare. With no hum, no click and no whir, a machine that looked like a cross between a radio and a teletype was rolling out a pony-size newspaper page. Under the headline MICHAEL I ABDICATES, it printed a picture of Michael and Princess Anne (see FOREIGN NEWS). The dinky paper was the maiden issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer's facsimile edition.

In getting it started last week, Publisher Walter Annenberg's Inquirer beat John S. Knight's Miami Herald to the draw as the first U.S. newspaper to broadcast regular, daily facsimile editions to...

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