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Pre-1935 Books

This page covers early books on television, which taught about or discussed "mechanical" television (some books may touch on the beginnings of electronic CRT TV).  

1926 Television - Seeing by Wireless written by Alfred Dinsdale

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This publication is considered to be the first English language book in the world written exclusively on the subject of television.  Size: 5" x 7-1/4", 62 pages, 12 illustrations.  The natural semi-rigid book cover is shown on the left and the dust cover on the right.  Some interior pages will posted at a later date.  Contains the first photograph ever taken of a television image.  Gives brief history of TV experimentation to that date, and ends with a detailed explanation of the Baird mechanical system.

1929 Television by Sheldon and Grisewood

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This book is labeled: "First American Book on Television"

1929 Television the Eye of Radio by Jenkins

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1930 Two-Way Television by Bell Telephone Labs

1930 Bell & AT&T Cover  (108K bytes) (108K) - Dust cover opened to full size (8-1/2" x 11")

The full title reads:  "Two-way Television and a Pictorial Account of Its Background", developed by Bell Telephone Laboratories (with AT&T), published in April 1930.  Covers the Bell labs April 7, 1927 television demonstration, two-way picture phone demonstration and most interestingly, the demonstration of color television in June 1929.

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1932 Experimental Television -- by J. G. R. Van Dyck -- Paris France -- Printed In Belgium

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Just a superb book on early television -- written in French -- 190 Pages -- 6-1/4" x 9-1/4" -- 150 Illustrations and photos.

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1933 Radio Physics Course by Alfred A. Ghirardi - 900 Pages

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1934 Funktechnik in Frage und Antwort    (Radio Technics - Questions and Answers)   Berlin, Germany

1934 Funtechnik - Germany  (34K bytes) (34K)

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