Jenkins Scanner Drum for a Facsimile Receiver, circa 1927

Charles Jenkins Laboratory1926/1928

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

Charles Francis Jenkins, pioneer of mechanical scanning television, also developed one of the first marine facsimile systems, depicted here. In 1926, Jenkins created an experimental device similar to a modern fax machine, capable of transmitting weather maps to ships at sea. In September, it became a lifeline, guiding the USS Kittery to safety against the blows of the Great Miami Hurricane.

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  • Title: Jenkins Scanner Drum for a Facsimile Receiver, circa 1927
  • Creator: Charles Jenkins Laboratory
  • Date Created: 1926/1928
  • Location: United States, District of Columbia, Washington
  • Subject Keywords: Jenkins, C. Francis (Charles Francis), 1867-1934, Fax machines, Facsimile transmission, Prototypes (Object genre), Components (Objects)
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Patent Place: Washington D.C.
  • Patent Date: 1927
  • Object Name: Scanner
  • Object ID: 40.567.25
  • Inventor: Charles Jenkins
  • Invention: Receiving Apparatus for Early Fax Machine
  • Image ID: THF96228
  • Field: Communication
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Grace Jenkins.