Back when transmitters used to look like something

Other than a humming box, that is.  RCA broadcast, prior to the period in the seventies just before they went out of business, made some good looking transmitters:

RCA BTA-10U AM transmitter
RCA BTA-10U AM transmitter

The Art Deco design was favored for a number of years, especially with the AM units:

RCA BTA-1AR transmitter, circa 1960
RCA BTA-1AR transmitter, circa 1960

Some of these RCA transmitters are still in service as backups.

GE made the BT-25A, which was a 50 KW transmitter in Syracuse, NY for a few years. These units were very similar to the RCA BTA-50 transmitters.

GE BT-25-A
GE BT-25-A looking from the control cabinet

Gates of Parker Gates, pre-Harris, also made some classic transmitters:

Gates BC1J transmitter
Gates BC1J AM transmitter

I remember the BC5P had a similar look, with more transmitter cabinets.

Bauer FB5000J AM transmitter
Bauer FB5000J AM transmitter

Fritz Bauer made a very solid AM transmitter.  Good looking, too.  We need more pictures of old transmitters and other hardware.