Jenkins "Radiovisor" mechanical television receiver

Description (Brief):

First television for home use. 10" aluminum-mounted lens and 45 degree mirror mounted on mahogany case. Contains drum scanner. This receiver was used for the reception of "Radiomovies" and television in the home. It makes pictures that appear about six inches square and uses a four-cathode neon radio-controlled lamp, a helical-aperture scanning drum and quartz rods to carry the light from the lamp to the apertures in the drum surface. It was called "Radiovisor" by Jenkins to indicate that the signal was over the air waves; television, as he stated, was the word used to indicate that the signal was carried over wires. Reference: "Radiomovies, Radiovision, Television", by Jenkins (pages 62, 63, 64).

Date Made: c1928Date Made: ca 1928ca. 1928

Inventor: Jenkins, C. FrancisMaker: Jenkins Television Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: from C. Francis Jenkins

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.314252Catalog Number: 314252Accession Number: 105044

Object Name: Receiver, televisiontelevision receivermechanical television receiverOther Terms: Receiver, television; Television Receiver; Components; Radio and Television; Radio and Television

Measurements: overall: 22 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in x 20 in; 57.15 cm x 29.21 cm x 50.8 cm


Record Id: nmah_709049

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