This site presents the results of my work in restoring what has turned out to be the world’s earliest recordings of television that were originally made in the 1920s and 1930s in the UK. There are three types of surviving recordings – all vision-only without audio:

  • the experimental Phonovision recordings from 1927-8 made by John Logie Baird and his team as a byproduct of developing a videodisc player.
  • off-air domestic recordings of the vision signal from the broadcasting period of Baird’s 30-line TV from 1929-1935. One of these is dateable and happens to be an extract from a television special: ‘Looking In’ – the world’s first television revue. Another undated recording features Betty Bolton, a star of vaudeville, west-end musicals, radio and film as well as television.
  • a disc from Major Radiovision Ltd., sold from 1934 through Selfridges to provide effectively a test video signal for receiver/displays

I hope you find the site fun and informative.

Don McLean

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August 5th, 2014 - Paper on the ‘First Demonstration of Television’ published

The paper on ‘The Achievement of Television: the Links Of London Jewelry Canada Quality and Features of John Logie Baird’s System in 1926′ has now been published in the July 2014 issue of the Intl J Hist Eng & Tech and is available at http://www.maneyonline.com/loi/het The extract is available for all to view: In January 1926, […]