Antedating of "Television"

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 12 09:50:59 UTC 2012

The January 1907 cite is an excellent advance over the June 1907 cite
in the OED. The March 1906 cite below appears to be valid and was
posted by me to the list in 2009. It also mentions Korn. --Garson

Citation: 1906 March, "Engineering Progress: Telegraphing a Portrait"
in The Technical World Magazine, page 87, Vol. V, No. 1.

[Begin excerpt]
Professor Korn believes that his apparatus will allow of a tele-vision
after the time of transmission of the photographs has been further

In principle tele-vision is, it is true, possible even now, provided a
very high number of conductors be used, complicating in proportion the
transmitting and receiving apparatus. Owing, however, to the
prohibitory cost, this process of tele-vision is at present quite
impracticable, while there are no theoretical reasons in the way of a
future realization of this dream of so many inventors – Dr. Alfred
[End excerpt]

On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 10:27 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
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> television (OED 1907 June)
> 1907 _Times of India_ 2 Jan. 8 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  "The way l=
> eading to electric tele-vision," Professor Korn responded, "will still be a=
>  long one.  For the moment being, a thousand conducting wires and some appa=
> ratus a thousand times more complicated would be required, and this would b=
> e exceedingly expensive."
> Fred Shapiro
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