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A oil, Co. had the or of or FIRST TELECASTS YEARS AGO Once He.Paid to Throw Them Away, Now He Seeks 1928 Vintage Television Set By RICHARD KLEINER LONG ISLAND CITY, N. Yi (NEA) If you've got a 22-year-old 22-year-old 22-year-old 22-year-old 22-year-old television receiver lurking in your attic, Isidore Goldberg would be very interested in hearing hearing from you. It may come as a shock to learn that television is that an cient, but regular daily telecasts were carried in 1928. Goldberg is the man responsible for making the early receivers and putting on the early programs. Now he'd like to find one of his old sets. ISIDORE GOLDBERG: "The only dope ... to keep going." 111 lJ enough to keep going." His chief engineer in 1928, John Geloso, perfected a system based on the "Nipkow Disk," which was developed developed as early as 1882. This was a mechanical, rather than electronic, method of transmitting transmitting images. It was a mechanical mechanical scanning .system which dissected dissected the picture into units and then recomposed it. The screen on those 1928 tele vision receivers was l', inches square. To produce that image, a disk 30 inches in diameter was needed. For a screen of 10 inches, inches, a normal-sized normal-sized normal-sized one today, the disk would have to be about 16i feet in diameter, a trifle large for the average living room. Another problem which made the 1928 receiver uncommercial was that the disk at the transmitter transmitter and the disk at the receiver receiver had to be rotating at exactly the same speed. The slightest variation variation and the screen went blank. - Actually, the poor commercial possibilities of the development were not what made Goldberg quit. After four or five months of daily telecasts, with an hour in the afternoon and another in the evening, he decided to move his plant to Lawrence, Mass., and the whole thing was dropped. His company didn't manufafr ture receivers in 1928. It sold plans and parts to amateurs. For $100, a person could get the 1928 VIDEO SET: The public suspected mirrors. works. About 500 such kits were sold. Programs consisted mainly of singers and instrumentalists. The person to be televised sat in a booth facing three large photoelectric cells arranged in a triangle on a wooden frame. In the center was a six-inch six-inch six-inch opening for the camera. The camera wasn't mobile, and the subject had to sii still or his image was lost. In October of 1928, the television television gadget was shown at the Electrical and Industrial exposition exposition at New York's Grand Central Central Palace. "Visitors who . wish to do so may have their images televised," said a note in the program. program. Goldberg recalls that the lines were terrific. "But most of them thought it was a fake," he says. "They 1 llSl GOODMAN'S (X DIAMOND CM VALUES! J ( $iooM ) ' l $1.00 DOWN DELIVERS I A ' I rxi 0NEYEART0PAY I thought it was done by muTors Television today, according tr Goldberg, is 95 per cent perfected. perfected. The image, he says, is as clear as it ever will be, although although minor refinements, such as elimination of ghosts, need to be made. "Only color and transmission on ultra high frequencies, for the folks in the sticks, remain to be perfected," he says.