Place Published: Washington DC
Publisher: C. Francis Jenkins
Date Published: 
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Two original images transmitted in circa 1923 by “Radiovision” and his written and inscribed 1925 book, "Vision By Radio" Washington DC, C. Francis Jenkins (1867-1934)
TWO OF THE FIRST IMAGES CIRCA 1923 TRANSMITTED BY C. FRANCIS JENKINS OVER RADIO WAVES USING HIS MECHANICAL TELEVISION TECHNOLOGY.
Two of the actual photographs he transmitted c1923. There is one original in the Library of Congress in the copyright collection and seven other Radiovision with the same provenance as ours, now in a private television museum. We know of no others in public or private collections.
[Sybil Almand] transmitted Photograph circa 1923:
4-1/2 x 2-13/16 inches, image 3-3/8 x 2-3/8 inches. Verso stamped in purple ink: “ This photograph was sent /and received by Radio./ Jenkins Laboratories/Washington, D.C.” [Black and white photograph, head and shoulders image of Sybil Almand] Sybil Almand was on the staff of Jenkins Laboratories and, hence, was one of the first television researchers in the world. She may have been the first woman involved in television research but this needs further research. Photograph reproduced in Jenkin's 1925 book, Vision By Radio, on page . On page 17, it states: “ This and succeeding pages are examples of photographs received by radio from a distance by the Jenkins system, some of them from Washington to Philadelphia, and represent the best work done in 1922, 1923, and 1924. “ Capt Kurado transmitted Photograph circa 1923:
2-13/16 x 3-7/16 inches, closed tear in blank space to right of text 5/8 inches long. Front Japenese character roughly translate to "On September 26, 1923, I visited to observe the radio transmission of a high-speed motion picture at ?? of Mr. Jenkins. Kuroda". Verso stamped in blue ink: “ This photograph was/ sent and received by Radio/ Time/Distance/Radio Pictures Corp./Washington, D.C.” Manuscript inscription in black ink in C. Francis Jenkins’ hand: “ First/ Japanese Radio/ message in/ native characters/sig. Capt Kurado “ Similar Japanese text photograph reproduced in Jenkin's 1925 book, Vision By Radio, on page at page 38: Black and white photograph of a similar text in Japanese calligraphy, but our copy is NOT this text pictured on page 38.
The two transmitted "radiovision" photographs are unique and incredibly important in science and history of television.
JENKINS' INSCRIBED BOOK:
JENKINS, C.[harles] Francis. 1925. Vision By Radio. Radio Photographs. Radio Photograms. Washington, D.C.: Jenkins Laboratories, Inc. Dark green cloth, 8vo, gilt titles. (6), half title leaf, title leaf, frontis, , 4-139 pp., . The front endpaper with the following inscription in ink:
“ Mr & Mrs John Tonkin In appreciations of their interest in the author's work C.Francis Jenkins, Sept 1st. 1927"
It is believed these two original photographs were laid in loosely at the pages where the image was reproduced in Jenkin's own copy of his book, Vision By Radio. Radio Photographs. Radio Photograms. 1925
HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF TWO PHOTOS & SIGNED BOOK OFFERED:
Charles Francis Jenkins ( 1867-1934) is recognized as the earliest major American television pioneer. Albert Abramson, whose History Of Television, 1880 To 1941 is recognized as authoritative, tells us that as early as 1894, C. Francis Jenkins wrote an article about a device for transmitting pictures by electricity. Using the prismatic ring approach to mechanical television, which Jenkins invented, it was reported that he transmitted the image of a woman by radio on June 14, 1923. Abramson says “Whether ‘live’ or a photograph, this was the first transmission of television by radio ever reported.” ( page 60). Others, such as Bingley give credit both to Jenkins and Baird as the first to demonstrate actual television images, in 1925. However before the transmission of a Dutch wind mill moving in 1925, Jenkins and others state that he was transmitting photographs by radio in 1922, 1923, and 1924. Radio News and Popular Radio reported transmissions from December, 1923. The photographs he transmitted are reproduced in Vision By Radio. Radio Photographs. Radio Photograms. Even Baird, although he disparaged Jenkins' images as “blurry” and his machine as expensive said in a September 27, 1924 letter to his backer Will Day “ Up to the present the only other man who has been able to demonstrate anything has been C.F. Jenkins…I cannot say whether Jenkins was first or not but as our systems are quite different it does not much matter. “ ( Kamm and Baird, John Logie Baird. A Life, 2002, page 53).
“Jenkins moved on to work on television. He published an article on "Motion Pictures by Wireless" in 1913, but it was not until 1923 that he transmitted moving silhouette images for witnesses, and it was June 13, 1925 that he publicly demonstrated synchronized transmission of pictures and sound. He was granted the U.S. patent No. 1,544,156 (Transmitting Pictures over Wireless) on June 30, 1925 (filed on March 13, 1922).”
The legacy of C. Francis Jenkins of which these items are part of his history and accomplishments…
Charles Francis Jenkins was "...the only man in history who was present at the birth of both the motion picture and television.”
---Albert Abramson, television historian & author--
"To C. Francis Jenkins we owe the motion picture." ---Homer Croy, author & screenwriter
"Every filmmaker-from D.W. Griffith to Steven Spielberg-owes a debt of gratitude to C. Francis Jenkins...his technologies gave rise to the motion picture industry..." ---The Franklin Institute
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