Museum Hours:

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Mechanical Television


More information on John Logie Baird


Courtesy of Luc Sirois

Televisor Kit

This set was purchased, by another collector, in England, from the widow of one of Baird's assistants.  It was in her attic, and was one of the first sets Baird allowed to leave the laboratory on a permanent basis.  Some British expert (allegedly) dated it as no later than 1928.  It has more controls than other scanning disc sets.  It is complete, and the plug is the type used to plug into British light sockets, as opposed to electrical outlets.

Courtesy of Fred London

Model A

1928 Model B prototype?

Model B (1929)

The model B was the world's first mass-produced television receiver. An estimated 20 sets were made, of which this is the only surviving example.

Courtesy of the National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

Model C

1931 Mirror Drum

1933 Mirror Drum

1934 Mirror Drum

Baird Dual Receiver (ca 1931)

The circuit in this receiver features separate sound and vision tuning

Large screen using 2,100 lamps spaced one inch apart and operated by mechanical commutator switch to make a picture measuring 30 by 70 inches.