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Early Television

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This set was made by Western Television in 1931. It had a triple interlace 45 line disk with lenses mounted in it.

Early Television

Early Television

This mechanism was made using a disk, motor, and mounting brackets from a Western Model 41. We have mounted them on a chassis and built neon drive circuits to operate the crater lamp. For more information, see our  restoration page. It is unusual in that it is designed to operate on 50 Hz power.

Early Television

Here are pictures taken from the screen with the original crater lamp. The viewing angle is quite limited, with the brightest picture visible only when you are directly in front of the screen. A much dimmer image is visible about 30 degrees on either side.

Early Television

 

Early Television

 

Early Television

 

Early Television

 

Early Television

(photos by Wayne Bretl)