This section provides cover scans of the
popular hobbyist magazines leading up to the launch of television, not only in
the United States, but also England and France.
Choose a year: 1935
1938 1939 1940 1941
Some of the magazines covered in this time period are:
1938 Olympia Program (England)
1938 Olympia Program - Talks about owning television, selecting screen size,
popular models for sale and what programming you can expect to see in the
London, England area. Electronic television first came to England in 1936.
See all 33 pages of this booklet (Courtesy
Early Technology Library - Scotland)
1938 New York Sunday Mirror
(150K file size)
"Television on the Way" - Here is a look at what the American
newspapers were saying about television on May 22, 1938, approximately one year
before the actual launch took place. "Television", it says,
"..is still experimental, but making strides". The magazine
editor had the art department 'blank out' the NBC and RCA symbols on the side of
the camera behind the young lady, Miss Betty Wragge.
Enlarged text, for easy reading.
Bottom half of the newspaper, showing "Miss Patience", a wax dummy
used for on-camera shots. Also shown is a view looking inside a television
camera, with the iconoscope tube (the camera's eye) in place. The third
photo is a picture of the pretty Betty Goodwin, who was chosen to announce the
early experimental television programs. Betty, therefore, is the first
American female television announcer.
The title of the first female television announcer in the
world goes to Elizabeth Cowell, whose first on-camera
appearance was 31 August 1936, working for the BBC (British Broadcasting
Company), of London, England.
1939 Wisconsin Engineer
October Alumni Issue - Has great article about "Television Grows
to see inside this issue!
1940 Television's First Year
- by National Broadcasting Company
A close look at the first year of American broadcasting. Click
here to read more.