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Surviving Mechanical TV Sets

If you have information on the location of any mechanical TV sets, please contact us. Any information will be kept confidential. With their consent, we will publish the owner's name here.

Sets added:

2005 2013
2006 2014
2007 2015
2008 2016
2009 2017
2010 2018
2011 Summary 2005-2017
2012  

American Mechanical Sets

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

D. Ballauf Mfg. Co. 24 Line Scanning Disk  
1
Don Sellers
 
Bell Labs Picture telephone (1927)
1
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
   
Large grid receiver (1928)
1
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
   
Canadian Television Ltd. 1932 Model (Ouimet)
1
Canada Science Museum (Ottawa)

 

 
Case Labs Scanning disk
1
Auman Museum (OH)

 

 
Daven   Tri Standard
2
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto)
1
Luc Sirois
 
Receiver
1
Early Television Museum
1
Luc Sirois
 
1931 Scannind Disk Receiver
1
National Capital Radio & Television Museum
   
24 Line  
1
Anonymous
 
Freed-Eisemann Receiver  
1
Anonymous
 
General Electric        Octagon
4
Auman Museum (OH)
Henry Ford Museum (MI)
MZTV (Toronto)
Schenectady Museum (NY)
2
Jeff Lendaro
Anonymous

 

Globe Radiovisor
2
MZTV (Toronto)
Early Television Museum
1
Anonymous

 

 
Hollis Baird (SW & Television)

  

C-3-S  SW Receiver (Cathedral)
3
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
8
Luc Sirois (2)
Anonymous (6)
 
Shortwave Adapter/Tuner  
1
Luc Sirois
 
AM/SW Receiver (Console)
1
Early Television Museum

 

 
Model 25/35 Receiver
3
Auman Museum (OH)
Early Television Museum
New England Wireless and Steam Museum (RI)
3
Luc Sirois (2)
Anonymous
 
Model 26/36 Televisor
8
Auman Museum (OH)
AWA Museum
Early Television Museum
Harvard University
Henry Ford Museum
History San Jose
MZTV (Toronto)
New England Wireless and Steam Museum (RI)
3
Bill Schirding
Luc Sirois
Anonymous

 

 
Model 437 Receiver/televisor  
2
Luc Sirois
Anonymous
 
Home made with Baird drum assembly  
1
Mike Molnar
 
Scanning Drum Console  
1
Anonymous
 
Televisor
2
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
Smithsonian Institution (DC)

 

 
Home made Scanning dDisk receiver
5
Early Television Museum (2)
Indiana State Museum (IN)
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
10
Luc Sirois (2)
Brandon Turner
Anonymous (7)

 
I.C.A  Visionette Kit
2
MZTV (Toronto)
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting (MN)

1

Anonymous

 
Model 45 Televisor Kit 
2
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
1
Darryl Hock
 
Jenkins 100
3
Early Television Museum
New England Wireless and Steam Museum (RI)
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
4
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (3)
 
201
2
AWA Museum
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 

 
202
2
Franklin Institute (PA)
MZTV (Toronto)
4
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (3)
 
302  
1
Luc Sirois
 
Amateur Kit
1
Henry Ford Museum (MI)

 

 
J-D Receiver  
1
Anonymous
 
JD-30 Receiver
3
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto)
Wayne County Museum (IN)
1
Luc Sirois

 

 
JK-20
1
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 
R-400 Lens Disk
2
Auman Museum (OH)
Wayne County Museum (IN)
1
Richard Brewster
1
Unknown
RK-1
3
Auman Museum (OH)
Henry Ford Museum (MI)
Smithsonian Institution (DC)
4
Darryl Hock (2)
Anonymous (2)
 
Pioneer 60 Line
1
MZTV (Toronto)
2
Luc Sirois (2)
 
Radiovisor With coin slot
1
MZTV (Toronto)
   
Rawls TV-85
1
C. Rawls Library (VA)
   
RCA 60 Line
4
Early Television Museum
Henry Ford Museum (MI) (3)
1
Darryl Hock
 
Roth-Downs Orpheus Lens Disk  
1
Luc Sirois
 
Visionette  
1
Darryl Hock
 
Stewart-Warner Shortwave converter
1
MZTV (Toronto)
   
Television Mfg. Co. See-All 101  
1
Luc Sirois
 
See-All Kit
4
National Capital Radio & Television Museum (MD)
MZTV (Toronto) (3)
2
Anonymous
 
Unidentified 60 line lens drum scanner  
1
Don Sellers
 
Western Television (Echophone) Receiver  
3
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (2)
 
Visionette
7
Auman Museum (OH)
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
Smithsonian Institution (DC)
Mecosta County Historical Museum (MI)
UCLA (CA)
28
Richard Dean
Tom Genova
Luc Sirois (2)
Luc Sirois (note 2)
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (22)
 
Visionette Console  
3
Art Bilski
John Estep
Anonymous
 
Visionette (lens disk)  
1
Anonymous
 
Model 41
2
Franklin Institute (PA)
MZTV (Toronto) (note 1)
8
Luc Sirois
Mike Molnar
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (5)
 
Empire State
2
Early Television Museum
Smithsonian Institution (DC)

 

 

Total

 

80

97

1

Notes:

1) Incomplete

2) Home made cabinet

British Mechanical Sets

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Baird Televisor
16
DASA Deutsche Arbeitsschutz-Ausstellung (Germany)
Early Television Museum
Fernsehmuseum Farvis (Pfingstadt, Germany)
Hastings Museum (England)
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
Science and Media Museum (England)(3)
National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Science and Technology (Spain)
NHK Museum (Japan)
Powerhouse Museum (Sidney, Australia)
RAI Museum (Italy) (note 1)
Technikmuseum (Berlin, Germany)
Transport Museum (Scotland)
11
Darryl Hock
Anonymous (10)

 

 

 

 

Televisor kit  
3
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (2)
 
Model B
2
Science and Media Museum (England)(2)
1
Anonymous
 
Model C
1
Science and Media Museum (England)(note 2)
   
Experimental 1926 scanning disk
1
Science and Media Museum (England)
   
Prototype scanning disk 1930
1
Science and Media Museum (England)
   
Mirror drum - 1933
1
Science and Media Museum (England)
   
Mirror drum - 1934
1
Science and Media Museum (England)
   
Prototype scanning disk - 1932  
1
Anonymous
 
Bush-Baird Mirror drum - 1933
1
Science and Media Museum (England)
   
Homemade Scanning disk
2
Science and Media Museum (England)(2)
   
Merwyn Daily Express scanning disk kit
1
National Museum of Scotland
1
Luc Sirois
 
Plew 1934 scanning disk  
1
Anonymous
 
Unidentified Mirror drum
1
Powerhouse Museum (Sidney, Australia)
   

Total

 

28

18

0

Notes:

1) Cabinet only

2) Incomplete

German Mechanical Sets

Gerolf Poetschke's site has information on German mechanical television. This list comes from his research, which hasn't been updated since 2012.

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Fernseh A. G. Scanning disk
2
Postmuseum der DDR
Deutsches Rundfunkmuseum Berlin
   
Karolus 30 line mirror drum
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
   
100 line mirror drum
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
   
Sliskovic Scanning disk
1
Depot Breitensee, Technisches Museum Wien
   
Camera and scanner  
1
Mock collection, Austria
 
Telefunken 48 line mIrror drum
1
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
   
Telehor (TeKaDe) Camera and scanner
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
1
Mock collection, Austria
 
Mirror screw
1
Technical Museum Prague
   
30 Line mirror screw
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
   
60 Line mirror screw
1
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
   
180 line mirror screw
1
Technisches Museum Vienna
   
Scanning disk
1
Depot Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
   
30 line scanning disk
3
Deutsches Museum Munich
Deutsches Rundfunkmuseum Berlin
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
1
Liesenfeld collection, Heiligenstadt
Unknown
 
30 line scanning disk kit
1
Deutsches Rundfunkmuseum Berlin
   
Mihaly-Traub
3
Deutsches Museum Munich
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
Depot Museum fuer Kommunikation Depot Heusenstamm
   
60 line scanning disk
1
Museum für Industriekultur Nuernberg
   
Unidentified Camera and scanner  
1
Mock collection, Austria
 
Scanning disk
1
Radiomuseum Brunn
2
Mock collection, Austria
Unknown
 
Mirror screw
1
   

Total

 

22

7

0

Other European Mechanical Sets

Below are surviving sets from other European countries.

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

CDC (Barthelemy) (France) 30 line scanning disk
2
Radio France Museum
CNAM Museum
3
Anonymous (3)
 
Emyradio (France) 30 line scanning disk
1
Radio France Museum
   
Fracarro (Italy) 30 line scanning disk
1
Early Television Museum
   
Fumeo (Italy) 30 line scanning disk  
1
Luc Sirois
 
Homemade 30 line scanning disk
1
Radio France Museum
   
Integra (France) Scanning disk  
2
Luc Sirois
Anonymous
 
Brami (General Radio) (France) Visiola  
2
Nicolas Blazianu
Bruno Ruiz
 
Radiosavod Kominterna (Russia) 1932 scanning disk
1
Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)
   
Savod M.A. Chernov Moskau (Russia) 1933 30 line mirror screw
1
Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)
   
Savod Kozitskogo (Russia) B2
3
Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)
Nizhny Novgorod Radio Laboratory Museum
Moscow Polytechnic Museum
   
Russia TM-3 Pioneer
1
Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)
   
Commutator type scanner
2
Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)
   
Unidentified (French) 1931 Radio-phono-TV
1
CNAM Museum
   
Unidentifed (Italian) Scanning disk  
1
Luc Sirois
 

Total

 

14

9

0