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Allan T Hanscom, 1889-1927 was an Engineer/Radio Enthusiast from Woonsocket Rhode Island. He was the only son of Rear Admiral John Forsythe Hanscom and Margaret E Hanscom29 3. The February 1925 issue of Radio Broadcast has a small article that claims he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Engineering School. 2 this however was found to be incorrect as the school itself states he was there his Junior year, 191010 but did not come back.

The 19097 and 19108 Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, at the University of Pennsylvania. The Record of the Class Of 1910 from the University of Pennsylvania lists Mr Hanscom as being in the Mechanical Engineering Society and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity4. In 1911, Hanscom is listed as a student living at 4439 Spruce Street in Philadelphia11.

In 191227, 191314 and 191415, Hanscom is is now out of school and living at 73 Hamlet Ave in Woonsocket where he was the building superintendent.

Hanscom changes careers in 191719 when he becomes the secretary of the Harris and Mowry Company28. He continues in this role in 191820, 191921, 192122, 192323, and 192424

In 1920, Hanscom is listed as the head of household and married to Marguerite with a 3 year old son Forsythe and 5 month old daughter Joan and lived at 221 Woodland Rd in Woonsocket9

In 1924 Allan T Hanscom is listed on the Woonsocket Chamber of Commerce16.

The 1925 Census has a very strange listing. Allan T is head of household and there are two wives listed, Marguerite and Alma M with children Forsythe and Joan also listed.18 This turns out to have an obvious explanation. The M listed after Alma stands for Marguerite. Strange the same women is listed on two seperate lines for the same household.3 Incidently the two listings have two seperate ages, 48 for Marguerite and 32 for Alma!

In 192525 Mr Hanscom starts to have no occupation listed. It is interesting that this is the same years we see the ads for Hanscom radio apparatus start. He must have done this to make a living.

In radio ads found, Mr Handscom lays claim to "The Super Unit, The Heart of the Superhetrodyne. Although some of the ads for Mr Handscom claim that patents were applied for, none are listed in his name. Mr Handscom also was a mechanical enthusiast judging from an article in Popular Mechanics, December, 1921, that tells of a miniature automobile built like a toy scooter for his 5 year old son, Forsythe Hanscom 6. He also won a prize from Radio News, April 1923 for his Super-Regenerators for broadcast reception.

Tragically Mr Hanscom committed suicide on July 31st 1927 after his wife Marguerite served him divorce papers1.

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The Bridgeport Telegram
August 1st 1927
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Reading Times
August 2nd 1927
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Pittston Gazette
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The Bridgeport Telegram August 1st, 1927
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The Lincoln Star
August 1st 1927
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The Ogden Standard-Examiner
August 1st 1927


He is buried in the Union Cemetery in North Smithfield, RI.



In the 1940 Census it shows that Marguerite has remarried to Walter Stewart and his children, Forsythe and Joan are listed as stepson and stepdaughter17




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I usually don't research the children of people on this site but in this case, because of the article found on the Popular Mechanics article in December, 1921 I am publishing history on Forsythe H Hanscom.


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Popular Mechanics, December, 1921


Forsythe H Hanscom was born June 5th 191630. In 1936 he enrolled in Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts31 32.
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The "Superunit" Set Tester, 1926

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"Superunit" Set Tester

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Continental Corp.
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Chicago, IL
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Continental Corp.
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Chicago, IL
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"Superunit" Set Tester directions

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"Superunit" Set Tester schematic



Sets

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Front of Six-Tube Second-Harmonic Super-Heterodyne
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Inside of Six-Tube Second-Harmonic Super-Heterodyne
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INside of Six-Tube Second-Harmonic Super-Heterodyne
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Double Decker Hanscom


Hanscom "Superunit" Set Tester

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Double Decker Hanscom

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Double Decker Hanscom

Super Heterodynes
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Hanscom Super Set, 1926

Super Heterodynes
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Hanscom Super Set, 1926

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Hanscom Super Unit Set
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Hanscom Super Unit Set
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Hanscom Super Unit Set
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Hanscom Super Unit Set
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Hanscom Super Unit Set
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Rare Single Dial
Hanscom Super Unit Set

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Rare Single Dial
Hanscom Super Unit Set

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Hanscom Super Unit Set

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Rare Single Dial
Hanscom Super Unit Set
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Rare Single Dial
Hanscom Super Unit Set
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Rare Single Dial
Hanscom Super Unit Set
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Ads and Articles

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Popular Mechanics, December, 1921


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Radio, October 1926

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Radio, November 1926

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Radio News, March, 1925

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Radio News, May 1925

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Radio News, February, 1926

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Radio News, October, 1926

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Radio News, October 1925
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Radio Broadcast, May, 1927


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Radio News, November, 1925

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Radio Broadcast, August 1926

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Radio Broadcast, November, 1925

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Radio Broadcast, January, 1924

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Radio Broadcast, October, 1926

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Popular Radio, October 1925

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Radio Broadcast 1925

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Radio News
May 1923

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Radio, March 1927

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Rhode Island Radio Habdbook, 1925

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Rodney & Otamatea Times
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May 18, 1927

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El Paso Herald
October 17, 1925



Radio In The Home, February 1926

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Hanscom Draft Registration Card
1917-1918

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Radio Broadcast, December 1924


Trademark

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Tradmark March 23, 1926



1 The New York Times August 2nd, 1927

2 Radio Broadcast, February, 1925

3 John Brown Trefethen Hanscom Genealogy.

4 The Record of the Class Of 1910 from the University of Pennsylvania

6 1920 United States Federal Census

7 1909 Frat Yearbook

8 1910 Frat Yearbook

9 1920 United States Federal Census

10 1910 University of Pennsylvania yearbook

11 1911 Woonsocket Street Directory

14 1913 Woonsocket Street Directory

15 1914 Woonsocket Street Directory

16 1944 Societies

17 1940 Census

18 1925 Rhode Island Census

19 1917 Woonsocket Street Directory

20 1918 Woonsocket Street Directory

21 1919 Woonsocket Street Directory

22 1921 Woonsocket Street Directory

23 1923 Woonsocket Street Directory

24 1925 Woonsocket Street Directory

25 1925 Woonsocket Street Directory

27 1912 Pennsylvania Street Directory

28 Incorporated Companies

29 1910 United States Federal Census

30 1936 Rhode Island Census

31 1936 Tabor Academy, Fore 'N' Aft Yearbook

32 1936 Tabor Academy, Fore 'N' Aft Yearbook