Vintage broadcast towers

Ron kc4yoy at TRELLIS.NET
Mon Apr 17 02:27:12 EDT 2000

Does anyone have direct knowledge of how broadcast
towers of the late 20's were painted?
I'm helping a friend build a scale model of the 1927
WBT transmitter site in Charlotte, NC. We know what
the towers looked like and we have an artist drawing
of the site plus the site plan of the transmitter site with
the "new" towers and showing the location of the concrete
piers that the 1927 towers were mounted on, these original
piers are still there.
We have not been able to find any original photos of these
towers, only the artist drawing.
What we really need to know is, were the towers back then
painted red and white like they are now or was there a requirement
for how they were painted at all.
Also does anyone know when tower lights were first required?

When we get the model finished I'll put some photos of it
on the CC-AWA web page.

Thanks for your help.



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