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Mechanical Television

Color Scanner using Bell Labs Mirror Screw

Peter Yanczer's page about mirror screws

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This is a replica mirror screw receiver made using the Bell Labs screws. Here is information on how it was made.


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These mirror screws were made by Bell Labs around 1933 for television experiments. They were donated by the estate of Robert Eilenberger, who was a Bell Labs engineer from 1941 to 1982, working  primarily on development of the Picturephone. We will have more on his career posted later. Here are Bell Labs pictures from Bob Eilenberger's collection.

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These screws are for a 60 line picture. Notice the very small size of the one on the right. It produced a picture only about 1 x 1 inch.

This picture, also from Mr. Eilenberger's estate, shows a Bell Labs dual mirror screw receiver made in 1933. These screws are not the same ones in our collection. Since two screws are used, it is possible that this device was for a Picturephone experiment, one for the camera and one for the receiver.