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LIFE Magazine - Fall 1944

1944 LIFE Pg85b.JPG (97360 bytes) (97K)

1944 LIFE Pg85a.JPG (34402 bytes) (34K)
Image of girl is focused through a lens (right) onto the sensitive plate in this RCA iconoscope (camera) tube. The electron beam (it's path artistically shown by glowing gases), scans the surface of the plate.

1944 LIFE Pg86.JPG (96055 bytes) (96K)

1944 LIFE Pg89.JPG (227813 bytes) (228K)
Title: "New Devices Make Images Big And Sharp".  States that television's audience "consists of a few thousand pioneers, chiefly in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, who own prewar television receiving sets".  This is the most conservative estimate of prewar set owners that I have ever seen printed.

1944 LIFE Pg90.JPG (209683 bytes) (210K)
This portion of the article mentions how close we came to establishing a 735 line standard (instead of 525 lines today).  That would have meant an advance to the 500MHz-1000MHz part of the spectrum, with a 13 to 20 megacycle television channel width.  That decision would have imposed an immediate and total obsolescence of all existing equipment -- but -- we would have had a form of HDTV 60 years sooner!

Our First American TV Star !!

Felix - Our 1st TV Star.JPG (181929 bytes) (182K)
(Courtesy Tim Perez, from Life Magazine)

1944 LIFE Pg90a.JPG (96445 bytes) (96K)
Shows the steady advance of picture quality over the years of TV development, from 1929 to 1941, when the 525-line standard was set.  Almost from the very beginning, a Felix the cat statue was used as a video test subject.  He could take the intense heat from the lights without complaining!  Here is another picture using Felix:

1930 Felix the Cat.JPG (66457 bytes) (66K)
"Felix the Cat", star of NBC's first experimental telecast in 1930.  Felix stands next to a bank of photocells used as part of the mechanical scanning camera setup.  The four photocells are the 'photoelectric eyes' which 'see' the subject being televised.

1944 LIFE Pg92a.JPG (133349 bytes) (133K)
Prewar sports reporting, using Philco cameras high on a perch, overlooking the game.

Pre-war TV Screen Photos.JPG (163071 bytes) (163K)
More prewar & wartime screen photos!

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