Museum Hours:

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Mechanical Television

Hollis Baird C-3-S

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This is a cabinet from a 1931 Hollis Baird TV adaptor after restoration. It uses the C-3-S shortwave chassis that is in the Hollis Baird console in our collection. This set received 2-3 mHz TV transmissions and connected to the neon of a scanning disk. Eventually we hope to find a chassis for this set. The knobs are probably not right. We will attempt to get pictures of an original and find the proper knobs. Here is a brochure listing some earlier Hollis Baird converters.


The cabinet before restoration

Label on chassis, listing broadcast stations

Courtesy of Alan Douglas

Courtesy of Duke University Libraries Ad*Access

This advertisement does not mention television as a use for this converter, though we know that it was used for that purpose.