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T-Net Records

Creator:
Fanning, Michael  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Clippings
Patents
Date:
1983-2003
Summary:
The collection documents through correspondence, marketing materials, patent materials, photographs, and newspaper clippings, the development of T-Net, a sport that combines electronic game technology with a diamond-shaped court the length of a tennis court and "invisible" nets created by inventor Michael Fanning.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents through correspondence, marketing materials, patent materials, photographs, and newspaper clippings the development of T-Net, a sport that combines electronic game technology with a diamond-shaped court the length of a tennis court and "invisible" nets created by inventor Michael Fanning.

Series 1, Correspondence, 1993-1996, consists of incoming and outgoing letters. Fanning, the inventor of T-Net, corresponds with corporations and investment companies, such as Reebok, Blockbuster Entertainment, Family Dollar and Turner Sports, Inc. to solicit interest and/or financial backing in his product.

Series 2, Financial Materials, 1989-2003, consists of correspondence, invoices, purchase orders, Internal Revenue Service papers, and documentation for incorporating a business.

Series 3, Manufacturing Materials, 1993, consists of handwritten notes and sketches about materials used and lists of potential companies to consult for fabricating the product.

Series 4, Marketing Materials, 1995 and undated, consists of sketches and documentation describing the T-Net system for potential customers.

Series 5, Patent Materials, 1983-2003, consists primarily of correspondence with patent attorneys (Shefte, Pinckney & Sawyer of Charlotte, North Carolina) to patent the T-Net system. Also included are patent-related expenses incurred by Fanning and patents issued to other inventors that are similar to the T-Net system.

Series 6, Photographs, 1980-1990s, consists of color prints showing the T-Net system in use and laid out on a field.

Series 7, Newspaper Clippings, 1993, consists of one folder of photocopied newspaper clippings related to T-Net.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into seven series.

Series 1, Correspondence, 1993-1996

Series 2, Financial Materials, 1989-2003

Series 3, Manufacturing Materials, 1993

Series 4, Marketing Materials, 1995 and undated

Series 5, Patent Materials, 1983-2003

Series 6, Photographs, circa 1980s-990s and undated

Series 7, Newspaper Clippings, 1993
Biographical / Historical:
T-Net (standing for transparent net) was invented by Michael Fanning. Fanning's idea for the game came from hitting a tennis ball over a telephone wire. In 1993, Fanning was issued US Patent 5,259,625 for an apparatus and method for playing a court game. Fanning's company, Tnnnnt (www.tnnnt.net), manufactures and promotes the game. The T-Net court/field is divided in two equal halves with three scoring zones on each side. Games can include up to three players per team or be played one-on-one. The objective is to land the flyer in one of your opponent's three scoring zones, and to catch the flyer to prevent the opponent from scoring. Players move freely on their side of the court but cannot cross the center line. Pole- mounted transmitting devices on each side send light beams across the court creating an electronic net (an electronic sensing beam) for each of the three scoring zones. Players must throw a light-reflective projectile (called a "flyer") through the light field and into one of the scoring zones to get a point. When the projectile passes through the beam, a beep is emitted. If the projectile lands on the ground the pole-mounted device flashes a red light and beeps to confirm a score. Players get one point for activating the middle zone, two points for the back zone and three points for setting off both zones. The first team to achieve twenty-one points wins the game. There are six games per set, three sets per match. The game can be played on a variety of surfaces--pavement, turf, composite, snow, carpet, glass, grass, sand, hardwood or over a swimming pool, and it can be played at night in low light conditions.
Related Materials:
Materials at the National Museum of American History

The Division of Culture and the Arts holds related artifacts. See accession 2011.0234.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Michael Fanning on October 24, 2011.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Inventions -- 20th century  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Sports  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs -- 20th century
Clippings
Patents
Citation:
T-Net, Inc. Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Instiution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1255
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T-Net Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1255
Online Media:

Paganucci Grocery and Market (now closed), 3824 Avenue L, Galveston, Texas, from "The Corner Stores of Galveston," Galveston County Cultural Arts Council

Artist:
Betty Tichich, born Fargo, ND 1947  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
ca. 1977
Topic:
Figure male\full length  Search this
Occupation\vendor\grocer  Search this
Recreation\leisure\writing  Search this
Cityscape\Texas\Galveston  Search this
Architecture Interior\commercial\grocery  Search this
Architecture Interior\commercial\Paganucci Grocery and Market  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts
Object number:
1983.63.1435
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk772228d38-5acc-4630-9f76-e2671a63f157
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1983.63.1435

Jules' Grocery Store and Market, 1326 33rd, Galveston, Texas, from "The Corner Stores of Galveston," Galveston County Cultural Arts Council

Artist:
Betty Tichich, born Fargo, ND 1947  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
ca. 1977
Topic:
Ethnic\African-American  Search this
Figure group\male and child  Search this
Occupation\vendor\grocer  Search this
Recreation\leisure\conversation  Search this
Cityscape\Texas\Galveston  Search this
Architecture Interior\commercial\grocery  Search this
Architecture Interior\commercial\Jules' Grocery Store and Market  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts
Object number:
1983.63.1450
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7fab4d895-039d-4af2-89cf-936cc7f54a8f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1983.63.1450

Jules' Grocery Store and Market, 1326 33rd, Galveston, Texas, from "The Corner Stores of Galveston," Galveston County Cultural Arts Council

Artist:
Betty Tichich, born Fargo, ND 1947  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
ca. 1977
Topic:
Figure group\male  Search this
Ethnic\African-American  Search this
Occupation\vendor\grocer  Search this
Recreation\leisure\conversation  Search this
Cityscape\Texas\Galveston  Search this
Architecture Interior\commercial\grocery  Search this
Object\other\computer  Search this
Architecture Interior\commercial\Jules' Grocery Store and Market  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts
Object number:
1983.63.1455
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk76d3fd712-f213-402f-b1d3-2cfc338eb53b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1983.63.1455

Jules' Grocery Store and Market, 1326 33rd, Galveston, Texas, from "The Corner Stores of Galveston," Galveston County Cultural Arts Council

Artist:
Betty Tichich, born Fargo, ND 1947  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
ca. 1977
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic\African-American  Search this
Occupation\vendor\grocer  Search this
Recreation\leisure\conversation  Search this
Cityscape\Texas\Galveston  Search this
Architecture Interior\commercial\grocery  Search this
Architecture Interior\commercial\Jules' Grocery Store and Market  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts
Object number:
1983.63.1457
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk74821f827-7e18-4514-9f8f-83c2f0b75353
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1983.63.1457

Conversation in Haiti

Artist:
Louis Lozowick, born Ludvinovka, Russia 1892-died South Orange, NJ 1973  Search this
Medium:
lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
image: 14 x 7 3/4 in. (35.5 x 19.7 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1955
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Animal\donkey  Search this
Recreation\leisure\conversation  Search this
Occupation\domestic\shopping  Search this
Architecture Exterior\commercial\market  Search this
Cityscape\Haiti\Port-au-Prince  Search this
Architecture Exterior\commercial\Iron Market  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Adele Lozowick
Copyright:
© 1955, Lee Lozowick
Object number:
1979.76.41
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk70c90387f-a8c3-4c75-833a-485b1ab1f89a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1979.76.41

Flea Market Couple

Artist:
Paul Herzoff, born Hollywood, CA 1946  Search this
Medium:
gelatin silver print
Type:
Photography-Photoprint
Date:
1971
Topic:
Recreation\leisure\smoking  Search this
Architecture\vehicle\recreational vehicle  Search this
Object\furniture\bed  Search this
Figure group\family\spouses  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts
Copyright:
©1971, Paul B. Herzoff
Object number:
1983.63.723
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk74c9117f9-ceec-44aa-9c39-5a64fa50404a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1983.63.723

Bookstalls

Artist:
Howard Cook, born Springfield, MA 1901-died Santa Fe, NM 1980  Search this
Medium:
wood engraving on paper
Dimensions:
image: 3 5/8 x 5 1/4 in. (9.3 x 13.2 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1931
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Recreation\leisure\reading  Search this
Architecture Exterior\commercial\market  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Barbara Latham Cook
Copyright:
© 1931, Barbara Latham Cook
Object number:
1984.69.34
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk745e1eadb-7dea-422f-933d-98aef48c2dc4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1984.69.34

Tam O'Shanter, Souter Johnny, and the Landlord and Landlady, (sculpture)

Artist:
Thom, J.  Search this
Medium:
Ayrshire stone
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Literature--Burns--Tam O'shanter  Search this
Literature--Poetry  Search this
Recreation--Cafe  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Eating & Drinking  Search this
Figure(s) In Interior--Commercial  Search this
Architecture--Commercial--Tavern  Search this
Control number:
AECI 08900001
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_123605

A Fair of the 6th Century, (painting)

Artist:
VanOudenhoven, J.  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Ceremony--Festival  Search this
History  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Recreation--Courting  Search this
Dress--Costume--Masquerade  Search this
Occupation--Other--Peasant  Search this
Control number:
AECI 06000015
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_107742

Bathing Girl, (painting)

Artist:
Unknown  Search this
Reidel (copy after)  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Figure female  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Bathing  Search this
Control number:
AECI 10710116
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_131283

Young Lady--Reading, (painting)

Artist:
Newell, H.  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Figure female  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Reading  Search this
Control number:
AECI 02080146
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_42533

Interior--Music Party, (painting)

Artist:
Unknown  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Figure(s) In Interior  Search this
Recreation--Party  Search this
Performing Arts--Music  Search this
Control number:
AECI 02080198
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_42585

An Evening Party, (painting)

Artist:
Palamedes  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Recreation--Party  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
AECI 00890158
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_15338

Interior of a Restaurant, (painting)

Artist:
Unknown  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Architecture--Commercial--Restaurant  Search this
Recreation--Cafe  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Eating & Drinking  Search this
Control number:
AECI 00890182
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_15362

Genevieve, (painting)

Artist:
Cole Miss  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Recreation--Courting  Search this
Performing Arts--Music  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Literature--Coleridge--Genevieve  Search this
Landscape--Celestial--Moon  Search this
Landscape--Time--Night  Search this
Control number:
AECI 00890307
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_15487

The Toilet, (painting)

Artist:
Ketz  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Figure female  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Bathing  Search this
Control number:
AECI 00910005
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_15958

Horse Market, (painting)

Artist:
Verschuur, W.  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Animal--Horse  Search this
Recreation--Fair  Search this
Occupation--Vendor--Animal Seller  Search this
Architecture exterior--Commercial--Market  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
AECI 03530229
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_73154

Song, The, "Thou Art Gone", (painting)

Artist:
Gray, H. Peters  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Performing Arts--Music--Voice  Search this
Literature  Search this
Recreation--Courting  Search this
Control number:
AECI 00910166
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_16119

Trilogy, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Anderson, Larry 1940-2018  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Tacoma Tacoma Arts Commission 747 South Market Street, #134 Tacoma Washington 98402
Located Wright Park On island in duck pond Tacoma Washington
Date:
Dedicated 1978
Topic:
Children  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play  Search this
Control number:
IAS WA000246
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331690

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