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EARLY TELEVISION EXPERIMENTS  --  PHILO T. FARNSWORTH

There is so much to say about Philo Farnsworth, that the few lines I am placing on this page will not do him justice.  Fortunately, he is covered in greater detail elsewhere on this site.  As time goes on, I will add more to this special page.

Farnsworth began experimenting with the development of electronic television in 1926, when he set up a laboratory at 202 Green Street, in San Francisco, with his wife Elma G. ("Pem"), and her brother, Cliff Gardner.

They achieved the first fully electronic television picture    on September 7, 1927, with the transmission of a straight line.  Later that year, they successfully transmitted a 'puff of smoke' from Cliff's cigarette. 

Note: Video courtesy of Paul Schatzkin.  Take time to visit his  "farnovision" site and learn more about Philo T. Farnsworth.

The original press photograph below, taken in early 1934, shows the current state of television development in the Farnsworth lab, at that time.  The 27 year-old Philo stands next to his impressive large-screen direct view cathode-ray television.

Be sure to check out the 'official' Philo T. Farnsworth website

 

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