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Early Electronic Television

1941 Video Disk Player

Coin machine playing sound movie disk

An article about TV recording before videotape

This is a jukebox from 1941 that played a stack of video disks. The image was seen through the aperture at the top, and the sound recorded on the discs came out the large round speaker at the bottom. A stack of 10" video disks can be seen at the left side of the large opening in the middle, with any one of the discs being selectable using the row of buttons underneath the opening. The grooved discs rotated at 100 RPM and provided about a minute of playback. This system appeared in the December 1941 issue of Popular Mechanics. It was made by the Radio Vision Corp. of America in Los Angeles

Scanner transforms movie images into impulses for recording on vision-and-sound disk

 

Recording mechanism