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Mechanical Television

Surviving Mechanical TV Set Database

If you have information on the location of any mechanical TV sets, please contact us. Any information will be kept confidential. With their consent, we will publish the owner's name here.

Sets added:

2005 2011
2006 2012
2007 2013
2008 2014
2009 Summary 2005-2013
2010  

American Mechanical Sets

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Bell Labs Picture telephone (1927)

1

Museum of the Moving Image (NY)

   
Large grid receiver (1928)

1

Museum of the Moving Image (NY)

   
Canadian Television Ltd. 1932 Model (Ouimet)
1
Canada Science Museum (Ottawa)

 

 
Case Labs Scanning disk

1

Auman Museum (OH)

 

 
Daven   Tri Standard
2
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 
Receiver
1
Early Television Museum
   
24 Line  

1

Anonymous

 
Freed-Eisemann Receiver  

1

Anonymous

 
General Electric        Octagon
3
Henry Ford Museum (MI)
MZTV (Toronto)
Schenectady Museum (NY)

1

Anonymous

 

Globe Radiovisor
2
MZTV (Toronto)
Early Television Museum

 

 
Hollis Baird (SW & Television)

  

C-3-S  SW Receiver (Cathedral)
3
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
7
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (6)
 
AM/SW Receiver (Console)
1
Early Television Museum

 

 
Model 25/35 Receiver
2
Early Television Museum
New England Wireless and Steam Museum (RI)
2
Luc Sirois
Anonymous
 
Model 26/36 Televisor
5
Auman Museum (OH)
Henry Ford Museum (MI)
History San Jose
MZTV (Toronto)
New England Wireless and Steam Museum (RI)
3
Bill Schirding
Luc Sirois
Anonymous

 

 
Model 437 Receiver/televisor  
1
Anonymous
 
Home made with Baird drum assembly  
1
Mike Molnar
 
Scanning Drum Console  

1

Anonymous

 
Televisor
2
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
Smithsonian Institute (DC)

1

Anonymous

 
Home made 24,48,60 Line
5
Early Television Museum (2)
Indiana State Museum (IN)
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
9
Anonymous (9)

 
I.C.A  Visionette Kit
2
MZTV (Toronto)
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting (MN)

1

Anonymous

 
Model 45 Televisor Kit 
2
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
1
Darryl Hock
 
Jenkins 100
3
Early Television Museum
New England Wireless and Steam Museum (RI)
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)

3

Anonymous (3)

 
201

1

MZTV (Toronto)

 

 
202

2

Franklin Institute (PA)

MZTV (Toronto)

1

Anonymous

 
302  

1

Luc Sirois

 
Amateur Kit
1
Henry Ford Museum (MI)

 

 
JD-30 Receiver
2
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 
JK-20
1
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 
R-400 Projection  

1

Richard Brewster

1

Anonymous

RK-1
2
Henry Ford Museum (MI)
Smithsonian Institute (DC)

4

Darryl Hock (2)

Anonymous (2)

 
60 Line Lens Disk
1
Wayne County Museum (NC)

 

 
Pioneer 60 Line MZTV (Toronto)

2

Ira Grossman

Luc Sirois

 
Radiovisor With coin slot
1
MZTV (Toronto)
   
Rawls TV85
1
Rawls Museum Arts (VA)
   
RCA 60 Line
4
Early Television Museum
Henry Ford Museum (MI) (3)
1
Darryl Hock
 
Roth-Downs Orpheus Lens Disk  
1
Alain Tambourini
 
Visionette  
1
Darryl Hock
 
Stewart-Warner Shortwave converter
1
MZTV (Toronto)
   
Television Mfg. Co. See-All Kit
4
Museum of Radio and Television (MD)
MZTV (Toronto) (3)

2

Anonymous

 
Western Television (Echophone) Receiver  
2
Anonymous (2)
 
Visionette
6
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
Smithsonian Institute (DC)
Mecosta County Historical Museum (MI)
UCLA (CA)
29
Art Bilski**
John Estep**
Tom Genova
Ed Reitan
Luc Sirois**
Anonymous (24)
 
Model 41
2
Franklin Institute (PA)
MZTV (Toronto) *
6
Luc Sirois
Mike Molnar
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (3)
 
Empire State
2
Early Television Museum
Smithsonian Institute (DC)

 

 

Total

 

66

80

1

* Incomplete ** Home made cabinet

British Mechanical Sets

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Baird Televisor
14
DASA Deutsche Arbeitsschutz-Ausstellung (Germany)
Early Television Museum
Fernsehmuseum Farvis (Pfingstadt, Germany)
Hastings Museum (England)
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
National Media Museum (England)
National Museum of Scotland
Powerhouse Museum (England)
RAI Museum (Italy)
Spanish Museum of Science and Technology
Technikmuseum (Berlin, Germany)
Transport Museum (Scotland)

8

Darryl Hock

Anonymous (7)

 

 

1
Anonymous

 

 

 

Televisor kit  

2

Anonymous (2)
 
Model B

1

National Media Museum (England)
   
Mirror Drum - 1933

1

National Media Museum (England)
   
Prototype  

1

Anonymous
 
Daily Express Scanning disk kit

1

National Museum of Scotland

   
Home made Scanning disk

1

National Media Museum (England)
   

Total

 

18

11

1

German Mechanical Sets

Gerolf Poetschke's site has pictures of 15 surviving German mechanical sets, and information on another 3 that are known to exist.

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Karolus Mirror drum
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
   
100 line mirror drum
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
   
Sliskovic Camera and scanner  
1
Mock collection, Austria
 
1929 scanning disk
1
Technisches Museum Vienna
   
Telefunken 48 line mIrror drum
1
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
   
Kleiner Fernsehapparat
1
Museum für Kommunikation Museumsstiftung Heusenstamm
   
Telehor (TeKaDe) Volksfernseher
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
   
Camera and scanner
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
1
Mock collection, Austria
 
60 Line Mirror Screw
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
   
180 line mirror screw
2
Technisches Museum Vienna
Deutsches Museum Munich
   
30 line scanning disk
2
Deutsches Museum Munich
Museum fuer Kommunikation Frankfurt
1
Liesenfeld collection, Heiligenstadt
 
60 line scanning disk
1
Museum fuer Industriekultur Nuernberg
   
Unidentified Camera and scanner  
1
Mock collection, Austria
 
Scanning Disk
2
Radiomuseum Brunn
1
Mock collection, Austria
 
Mirror Screw
1
Museum für Kommunikation Museumsstiftung Heusenstamm
   

Total

 

16

5

0

Other European Mechanical Sets

Below are surviving sets from other European countries.

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

CDC (Barthelemy) (France) 30 Line Scanning disk
2
Radio France Museum
CNAM Museum

2

Anonymous (2)

 
Fracarro (Italy) 30 line scanning disk

1

Early Television Museum

   
Fumeo (Italy) 30 line scanning disk  

1

Anonymous

 
Homemade 30 line scanning disk
1
Radio France Museum
   
Integra (France) Scanning disk  

1

Anonymous

 
Brami (General Radio) (France) Visiola  
2
Nicolas Blazianu
Bruno Ruiz
 
Radiosavod Kominterna (Russia) 1932 scanning disk

1

Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)

   
Savod M.A. Chernov Moskau (Russia) 1933 30 line mirror screw

1

Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)

   
Savod Kozitskogo (Russia) B2
3
Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)
Nizhny Novgorod Radio Laboratory Museum
Moscow Polytechnic Museum
   
Unidentified (French) 1931 Radio-phono-TV
1
CNAM Museum
   

Total

 

10

6

0