Visiodyne-Baby' 180-line amateur television receiver

Marc Chauvierre, André Serf1936

Musée des arts et métiers

Musée des arts et métiers

The Visiodyne-Baby is a cathode ray tube television receiver with a definition of 180 lines. The image is viewed through a magnifying lens 16 centimetres in diameter, enlarging it to postcard size. This receiver, manufactured by the engineer Marc Chauvierre, was one of a number of devices sold in kit form to radio and television enthusiasts, termed at the time ‘radiovision’ equipment. In 1932 Chauvierre wrote in Ferrix Magazine: ‘Now that radiotelephony is interesting amateur enthusiasts less and less and increasingly satisfying listeners, television has arrived just in time to give free rein to the ingenuity and skill of researchers.’ The Visiodyne-Baby was one of the receivers most acclaimed for the simplicity of its design.

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  • Title: Visiodyne-Baby' 180-line amateur television receiver
  • Creator: Marc Chauvierre, André Serf
  • Date: 1936
  • Date Created: 1936
  • Location: France
  • Provenance: Musée des arts et métiers
  • Contributor: Author: Marie-Sophie Corcy. English translation: David Wharry
  • Inventory number: Inv. 21267
  • Credits: © Musée des arts et métiers-Cnam/photo Pascal Faligot