Museum Hours:

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Television Museum

2005 Early Television Convention

The 2005 Early Television Convention was held Friday, April 29, Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, at the Early Television Museum. There was a social get together on Friday night, where attendees met collectors; a swapmeet, auction, and presentations by collectors during the day on Saturday, and a buffet dinner that night.. On Sunday collectors had an opportunity to chat and see the sets in the museum's collection in operation.

If you attended the convention, please fill our our Survey.

This year 96 collectors and their spouses attended, including two visitors from England and two from France. 58 attended the Saturday dinner.

Video and DVD documentaries of the 2003 and 2004 Early Television Conventions are now available for purchase. Pictures from the 2004 convention are here.

This year we had a number of presentations dealing with the history of TV outside the United States:

Alexandra Palace and the birth of BBC television 1936 to 1939 - John Trenouth, Head of Television, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, U.K.
A 441 line mechanical scanner "for people, film and slides" and magnetic tape sound recording used in German television from 1938 to 1945. - Gerhard Bauer
History of television development in Italy, 1926-1939 - Robert Lozier
Adding Sight to Sound in Stalin's Russia: RCA and the Transfer of Television Technology to the Soviet Union  - Alex Magoun, director, David Sarnoff Library, Princeton, NJ

In addition, there were several other presentations:

Dot Sequential Color - David Carlstrom
A 32 Line Scanning Disk and 60 Line Mirror Screw - Peter Yanczer
100 years of Test Patterns & China Dolls - Pete Fasciano
A State of the Art TV Standards Converter - Darryl Hock
TV Camera tubes and their development - Dave Johnson

  (Pictures courtesy of Wayne Bretl)