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The Pleasures of the Silent Whistle

A look back at technology

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, AIR staff

A steam whistle

Engineers and scientists know that one of life's subtle pleasures comes from watching a soundless film of a loud steam whistle. Thanks to the Library of Congress, you can indulge in this most abstruse of activities.

If you have a fairly fast Internet connection, take your choice of these formats for viewing the whistle:

Real Media Whistle

MPEG (approx 5 meg) Whistle

Quicktime Whistle

(Thanks to the Library of Congress for making this film available.)

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