Fwd: Re: early instances of the word "television"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 1 03:53:20 UTC 2007

At 8:50 PM -0500 11/30/07, Dennis During wrote:
>Google News generates hits on reports in US newspapers of French and German
>inventors reporting progress on "television" in 1910. They were talking
>about "videophones", not broadcast TV.

Note also the "phonovision" for the recordings on the web site Amy
West linked us to yesterday.  Those anti-"hybrid"ists must have
really been pulling out their hair, since all these formations are

>In any event the word was around. The
>long lead time between making an announcment and actually broadcasting may
>mean that the idea that TV broadcasting would come was in circulation by the
>early 20s.
>[BTW, there were numerous spurious hits on Google News from before 1910, not
>to say there aren't some real ones in there somewhere.]

Thanks.  I'm now trying to zero in on "Miss Television" (Fitzgerald
1928; 1933), and the N. Y. Times archive does contain this example,
contemporaneous (give or take a few months) with the Century Magazine
story, and the language does imply a familiarity with the elected

November 12, 1928, Monday

No exposition or convention is complete without its presiding beauty,
its Miss America, Miss Television, or Queen of the Carnival. In Paris
this month a new royalty will be added to the list with the choice of
a Princess of Gastronomy.

Maybe Fitzgerald attended one or two festivities of this kind and was
captivated by the concept (or the recipient) of that honor.


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