Richard Howland

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Richard Howland was born in Indianapolis, Indiana back in 1889 to John and Emily. During WWI, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps where he advanced through the ranks ending the war as a Major. After the war, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1919 to 1923.

He started working for (RCA) in 1924 before starting his own company in 1930. He invented several things which are still in use to this day. During WWII, he reenlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a Colonel. He was put in charge of radar and communications in Orlando, Florida. So, let’s cut to the chase and let me tell you what some of inventions were.

Richard Howland Ranger invented the wireless photoradioram, a forerunner of today’s fax machine. A photo of President Calvin Coolidge was sent from New York to London in 1924, becoming the first photo reproduced via the transoceanic radio facsimile. His company Rangertone, Inc. invented the NBC chime machine. After WWII, he took the research done by the Germans and developed the first magnetic tape recordings. He died in 1962, in 1997 he was inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. Until tomorrow I wish you success and a happy day


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Another "who knew" moment! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Jun 01, 2018 04:51 AM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I remember buying my first Zerox fax in the 1970s for $6000. 

Jun 01, 2018 04:52 AM #2
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Love autobiographies and the highlights of folks who made discoveries, impacted history or just stood out in some way as a pioneer James Dray !

Jun 01, 2018 06:11 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I did know that the Fax machine was in existence a long time before it was popularized...but I did not know who.  Thank you for that. A

Jun 01, 2018 06:40 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- very interesting and he certainly deserved being in the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. 

Jun 01, 2018 10:55 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - If it was not for you, many inventors and world contributions by people like Richard would go unnoticed. I always enjoy reading these legacy snippets wondering how they did it. 

Jun 01, 2018 05:43 PM #6
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I always admire the inventors you write about. I honestly believe I aam missing the inventor's gene.

Jun 03, 2018 05:22 PM #7
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