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What Things Cost in 1936:
Car: $600
Gasoline: 19 cents/gal
House: $6,200
Bread: 8 cents/loaf
Milk: 48 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market: 180
Average Annual Salary: $1,600


1936 Ford.JPG (47681 bytes) (48K file size)  1936 Ford Automobile

1936 Berlin Television Exhibition

1936 TV in Berlin Pg1  (176K bytes) (176K)    1936 TV in Berlin Pg2  (296K bytes) (296K)

1936 Paris Television Exhibition

1936 French "STIR" CRT TV  (68K bytes) (68K)    1936 Paris TV Expo (116K bytes) (116K)    1936 Paris Expo (Continued)  -- (116K bytes) (116K)

  • RCA gives its first television demonstration in four years.  The system is all-electronic, 343 lines, 30 frames per second.


  • Farnsworth   is also transmitting experimental television programs, with the same specifications, at Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.  Both RCA and Farnsworth can monitor each other's signals and progress.


  • SUMMER: The Berlin Olympics are televised by Telefunken (using RCA equipment) and Fernseh (using Farnsworth equipment).


  •  FALL:  Television demonstrations given at 1936 Radiolympia in London.  There was attempted sabotage at this event.  Read more details in the period newspaper clippings below.

1936 August - Radiolympia (152K bytes) (152K)    1936 - Sept 4th - Morning Post Article (120K bytes) (120K)
Courtesy Early Technology Library - Scotland

1936 Aug Times -UK- (148K bytes) (148K) - Brisk TV sales at 1936 Radiolympia    1936 Aug "Times" -UK- (132K bytes) (132K) - TV in home
Courtesy Dr. Russell A. Potter - Rhode Island College

  • NOVEMBER 2nd:  The BBC begins a 2-year Baird-EMI competition, broadcasting from Alexandra Palace.  This is heralded as the "world's first, public, regular, high-definition Television station".

  • NOVEMBER 30th:  Fire destroys the Baird labs at Crystal Palace

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