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The birth of television

Posted in Anniversary, Science, Technology on Tuesday, 21 September 2010

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picture, John Logie Baird and his early television system

John Logie Baird and his early television system. Illustration by John Keay

2 October marks the anniversary of John Logie Baird’s first test of a working television system in 1925. Baird had already demonstrated a semi-mechanical analogue television system to the Radio Times in 1924 which could transmit silhouette images, and performed demonstrations at Selfridges department store in March and April 1925. But it was in October that he successfully transmitted the first television picture with a greyscale image, using first a ventriloquist’s dummy, then a local office worker, William Edward Taynton – the first person ever to appear on television.

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