I'm not a happy man
Last month I had a computer failure where I had all my files stored.
The files are still safe, but unobtainable at this time. -- My new
computer has CD-ROM back-up ability and I am now using it. Loosing
access to those files was an unhappy occurrence that I hope not
to experience again. I expect to restore my files in a month or
so and will post some additional photos then.
In the meantime, I have some very good links to Early TV web pages
that you should enjoy. Some will lead you to still more pages. I'll
comment on some of them, but check them all. Most of these pages
were found using "Google"
when I was researching my article.
Here is an early RCA produced TV picture of Felix the cat. I will
add the Ham made photo as soon as I locate it. This is the approximate
size of the TV picture my Pioneer brand scanning disk would produce.
Early TV Web Sites (make
sure you hit the return button on your browser to return here.)
We'll start with the Early
Television Foundation. The Early Television Foundation is
dedicated to the preservation and restoration of television receiving
and camera equipment from the early days of television. They have
a great Museum that you might enjoy visiting. They are located near
Television History - The First 75 Years -
Tom Genova's Television
History Web Page.
Be prepared for hours of information.
In Japan, Kenjiro Takayanagi, who had dreamed of wireless
distance vision, which could reproduce a scene from far away,
succeeded in displaying the Japanese character "" on
a Braun tube on December 25, 1926. Visit
The Father of Japanese Television.
"When most people think of Bostons first television
station, they think of WBZ-TV, which took to the airwaves in early
June of 1948. But Boston was no stranger to television-- the history
of this mass medium goes all the way back to the late 1920s, and
a story which most people today (including the residents of the
town where the pioneering experiments first took place) have probably
never heard." Donna L. Halper. Visit Part 1:
HOW TELEVISION CAME
THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF W1XAY
by Donna L. Halper, Journalism Dept. Emerson College Boston MA.
Visit Part 2: Innovations
in Mechanical TV.
Using Early and modern technology to produce television images.
Yancer's web page, you can build a complete scanning disk
TV, plus learn more of TV history. This site is intended for those
of you with more than a passing interest in television history and
the hardware that produced the images. Visit the various pages and
see if they don't heighten your interest. You cannot imagine the
thrill of your seeing an image form on an apparatus that you've
put together yourself, after many hours of design and redesign,
both mental and actual. This is never a simple endeavor and that
is what makes it so special. It is my sincere hope that you will
join us and experience this for yourself.
This is an advertisement for the Scanning Disk TV that I own. It
is from a 1932 radio magazine. This ad is Courtesy of Tom Genova
Bob Lozier, KD4HSH, has an interesting tale to tell.
"A true story - Back in May of 1978 I got a phone call
from a guy who owns property a few blocks from my house... He told
me that "old man Stack's" house was going to be torn down
the following day and invited me to go over to the property and
have a look around.... I could take just about anything I wanted
from the sheds at the side of the house...."
"Ancient" Television Pages to find out.
Commercial TV History
an overview of Television History, with some lists of books about
TV and some links.
Electronic TV Broadcasts Begins in 1929 with Felix
the Cat! THE
RCA and NBC EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISION PROJECTS. Also here
is a great photo of an early TV picture. Also this link, their home
page, points to other interesting RCA
Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. This is a
very commercial site with advertising. Never the less, it is interesting.
Another commercial site is The
Radio Hall of Fame. It has been created to commemorate the
giants of a medium that has permeated American society for most
of the 20th century. Radio's power has always depended upon diverse
talents and many kinds of genius.
That's about it for this month. Please let me know
if you have any early TV equipment and what you're planningto do
I hope to have mine running a demo, in the future,
in my Old Radio Museum.