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Jenkins Mechanical Scanning Tabletop Radiovisor Television Receiver RK-1 Kit, circa 1931

1928/1933

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

Television innovator Charles Frances Jenkins developed mechanical television projectors and receivers like this one as early as the 1920s. Mechanical television works by scanning images with a spinning disk and sending the data via radio waves; the spinning disks of the projectors and receivers must be synchronized. This kit receiver was marketed to radio amateurs; at its height, Jenkins' station in Washington DC broadcasted to several hundred "radiovisor" owners.

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  • Title: Jenkins Mechanical Scanning Tabletop Radiovisor Television Receiver RK-1 Kit, circa 1931
  • Date Created: 1928/1933
  • Subject Keywords: Jenkins, C. Francis (Charles Francis), 1867-1934, Communication, Television (Telecommunication system), Television receivers
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=5446
  • Object Name: Television receiver
  • Object ID: 39.566.1
  • Image ID: THF95334
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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