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Yousuf Karsh, 23 Dec 1908 - 13 Jul 2002  Search this
David Sarnoff, 27 Feb 1891 - 12 Dec 1971  Search this
Gelatin silver print
Image: 32.9 × 26 cm (12 15/16 × 10 1/4")
Sheet: 42.5 × 45.4 cm (16 3/4 × 17 7/8")
Mount: 48.4 × 40.6 cm (19 1/16 × 16")
Mat (Karsh exhibit): 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Exhibition Label:
Broadcasting industry leader David Sarnoff learned Morse code when he was fifteen and later became an operator with the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America. In April 1912, while managing a Marconi station in New York City, Sarnoff received telegraphed reports of the Titanic’s sinking and broke the news to the press. Appointed general manager of the newly formed Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1921, he convinced the company to develop and manufacture a “radio music box” for home use. Sales of RCA radios reached $83.5 million in 1924, and two years later Sarnoff launched the National Broadcasting Company (NBC)—the first nationwide radio network. An early believer in the feasibility of broadcasting images as well as sound, he committed RCA to developing this technology. At the opening of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, Sarnoff—now RCA’s president—ushered in the television era with the first public demonstration of the new medium.
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar  Search this
Home Furnishings\Globe  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
David Sarnoff: Male  Search this
David Sarnoff: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Radio  Search this
David Sarnoff: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Broadcast  Search this
David Sarnoff: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Media  Search this
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Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh
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© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
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