Television Set in New York Picks Up London Programs (Jun, 1939)

Television Set in New York Picks Up London Programs

TELEVISION programs broadcast from Alexandra Palace, London, and from Rome, Italy, have been seen many times this year in the mirror of a special cathode ray television receiver located in Riverhead, Long Island (just outside of New York City). Since television signals of this nature can ordinarily be picked up only within about 60 miles of a transmitter, this transoceanic reception over a distance of more than 3400 miles is truly remarkable.

Television Picture Attachment Uses Any A.C. Set for Sound (Aug, 1939)

Television Picture Attachment Uses Any A.C. Set for Sound
Utilizing the chassis and loud speaker of any a.c.-operated radio for accompanying sound, this table-model attachment reproduces television images for direct viewing. It plugs into your regular receiver in the same manner that you would connect a record player. The picture is 3-3/8 in. by 4-3/8 in. Five television receiving channels are provided.

Instant pix from tiny TV tube (Jun, 1970)

Instant pix from tiny TV tube

Shown here actual size, these two photos are part of a picture sequence made by contact printing quick-copy photographic paper (in a perforated roll) with a new and remarkable TV tube. Made by Panasonic, the 1.5-inch miniature cathode-ray tube has a fiber-optics face plate and a high-resolution electron gun, yielding pictures of 300-350 lines resolution.

Where TELEVISION Stands Today (Apr, 1932)

Where TELEVISION Stands Today


President, Radio Corporation of America What progress is being made in television? How far has it advanced today? What new developments lie in the immediate future? These pressing questions, about which the vast public waiting for television is wondering, are answered in this unusual article by Mr. Sarnoff, whose eminence in the field enables him to speak with unquestioned authority.

IMPORTANT strides are being made with television. In our development work now proceeding at Camden, N. J., we are seeking to perfect television to a point where it is capable of rendering real service before offering it to the public.

Camera Worn Like Wrist Watch Loads Thirty Six Pictures (Aug, 1939)

Camera Worn Like Wrist Watch Loads Thirty Six Pictures

Latest in the line of miniature cameras is a tiny affair worn like a wrist watch. Sighted easily by raising the wrist to eye level, it carries a load of thirty-six exposures despite its diminutive size. It has an f4.5 lens and a focusing scale graduating from one foot to infinity.

RADIO Movies in Color (Nov, 1929)

RADIO Movies in Color


Television in color is now an accomplished mechanical fact. Mr. Albelli, in this article, tells how the broadcasting device works and points out the possibilities of color radio movies for everybody.

RADIO movies loom as a strong possibility now that color television has been reached.

The man who forecasts motion pictures by radio is none other than Dr. Herbert Ives, research engineer at the Bell Laboratories in New York City.

How Solid-State Electronics Will Change Your Life (Sep, 1954)

This article is an exploration of the changes that will be brought on by the rise of solid-state electronics. The author does a very good job extrapolating what will be possible, with very few of the flights of fancy such as flying cars and domed cities that are common to articles of this genre. Almost every product he discusses is available now.

People do have video crib monitors, solar panels are available, but are not quite efficient enough to power a house, as he predicted. Video phones are only now really practical because of the bandwidth limitations spelled out in the article. We don’t have ultrasonic washing machines in our houses, but ultrasonics are used in a number of areas for cleaning. We do (did) rent movies for our color VCRs, and there are megahertz range computers managing very complicated factory production with very little human intervention. Not to mention touch tone phones and microwave ovens. Plus, if you showed that picture of a flat screen tv on the first page to someone without any context they’d probably guess that someone had hacked an LCD monitor to look all “retro”. By the way, if you’re interested in flat screen TVs, you should check out this one from 1958.

I’ve actually been wanting to post this article for a few years. When I was posting this piece about a pocket transistor radio, I noticed that the author used the word “stereatronics”, which I’d never heard. I googled it and found the complete text of this article, with no pictures, here. After reading it I learned that stereatronics was a word created for this article, which they hoped would catch on. It didn’t. I thought it would be perfect to post to the site, so I tracked down a copy. Then when I got it I realized that Colliers magazine was 11×14″ and I couldn’t fit it on my scanner. However, I recently bought an 11×17″ scanner for the site, and so here it is.

Stereatronics – A New Science that Will Change Your Way of Life

Tiny solids are turning the electronics industry upside down. Some vibrate, others change light to energy or energy to light, or direct current to alternating. Together, they spell revolution

A NEW science, stereatronics, has been creeping up on us in the last few years and has started to make major changes in the way we live. Few of us have noticed any difference; the changes have come so quietly that even many of the people who are closest to the new science are surprised at what it has been doing. Yet the evidences have been all about us.

—Television sets are a great deal less expensive now than they were a relatively few months ago.

—More and more tape recorders are being sold. Five years back, they were too costly for most people. Ten years ago, they weren’t to be had at any price.

“SPIRIT TELEVISION” – Latest Trick of Fake Spiritualists (Sep, 1939)

“SPIRIT TELEVISION” – Latest Trick of Fake Spiritualists

QUICK to adapt their technique to modern styles, fake spiritualists have now introduced “psychic television” to cajole money from those who have suffered bereavement. Promised a view of a loved one who has passed away, the medium’s intended victim is seated before a window in a small, ornate cabinet resembling a television receiver. He writes the name of the dead person upon a blank sheet of paper, which is handed to him on a frame and then placed in the machine. The room darkens. A humming sound is heard from the apparatus.

Hand Set for Television Uses Midget Screen (Dec, 1938)

Hand Set for Television Uses Midget Screen
Nicknamed a “television monocle,” a miniature unit recently on display at an exhibition in London, England, is a complete sight-and-sound receiving set. Shaped like a hand-type telephone, the apparatus has an earphone through which the user hears the sound accompanying a televised broadcast while watching the moving images flash across a small built-in screen, two inches wide, placed so that it is directly before the eyes. The instrument, which weighs just under two pounds, can be used even in a lighted room with good results, it is said. An exhibition visitor is shown at the right trying out the television hand set.

Get in on Television (Jul, 1931)

Get in on Television

HERE is your chance to become an expert in the miracle field of sending pictures through the air. At present, George Waltz, author of this article, is not a television expert, but he will be before he gets through. Go with him and learn all that he means to learn about this absorbing subject.


I SAW something a few days ago that gave me a real kick. I saw, from behind the scenes, the opening night’s program broadcast from station W2XGR, the new $65,000 television broadcasting studio in New York City. Besides getting a real thrill out of it, I was inoculated with the television bug.

What if television still is a long way from perfection? What if the picture you see is small and fuzzy and none too bright? With all its present faults, and it has plenty, it still seems almost like a miracle to me.