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In 1912, election returns were flashed from the Daily Atlas building at 209 South Main (left) onto the E.B. Colwell Department Store at 208 South Main (right). A parking lot now occupies the site of the Atlas building.

Delivering election results to the masses — 1912 style

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An illustration in the Nov. 3, 1912, Atlanta Constitution shows election results being flashed by stereopticon at that city’s Five Points plaza.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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