Museum Hours:

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Broadcast Equipment

Pre-1945 Camera Gallery

Pre-1945 camera tubes

1930 Farnsworth Image Dissector camera

Philips 180 line Iconoscope camera (early 1930s)

1933 RCA Iconoscope camera


1934 RCA Iconoscope camera

Farnsworth 1935 camera

Farnsworth 1936 camera

EMI Emitron (1936)


German Cameras for the 1936 Olympics 

Philco 441 line iconoscope camera used at W3XE (1936)

Farnsworth film camera (1936)

RCA mobile camera (1937)

Safar Telepantoscope (1938)  

Vertical scanning is mechanical, horizontal is electronic

General Electric 1938 camera

RCA field camera (1939)

RCA studio camera (1939)

Early RCA studio camera

Newsreel clip with this camera

RCA 35 mm film projector for TV (1939)

1939 American Television Corp. camera

Courtesy of Mike Schultz

More pictures, information on use in medical television, Picture Signal Generator

DuMont 1939 iconoscope camera

1939 Massachusetts Television Institute camera 

Midland Television camera, 1939

Fernseh 1939 iconoscope camera

Fernseh 1939 iconoscope camera with support equipment

Telefunken film scanner, using iconoscope, 1939 


Fernseh slide scanner, 1939

French 1939 iconoscope camera

1939 Iconoscope camera in the NHK Muesum

Courtesy of Jerome Halphen

1940 ATI Iconoscope camera

1940 Philips Iconoscope camera

Remington Rand Vericon, 1940

DuMont Portable Camera (1941)

Farnsworth 1941 portable camera

Farnsworth film chain (1941)

Homemade camera from W9XBK (mid 40s)

1943 DuMont iconoscope camera from WWJ-TV in Detroit

Courtesy of Chuck Pharis

DuMont camera from W9XBK (mid 40s)

RCA portable camera (1943)

CBS pre-1945 camera

Courtesy of Steve Dichter

With ultra long lens

(Courtesy of Luc Sirois)

These four units - camera control, power supply, pulse shaper and sync generator were used with the orthicon camera.

RCA Orthicon camera (1943-45)

Radio & Television, September 1940

New York Times, March 30, 1938

Courtesy of John Pinckney