History of television

The word television was coined at the World Fair in 1900. The history of the idea for television is actually older than the history of television itself. George Carey, a Boston civil servant, was thinking about television systems in 1876, and in 1877 he made drawings of a "selenium camera" to allow people to "see by electricity." Others were also bringing forth thoughts and experimenting with ideas that would lead to the invention of the television. Some think that the original reason for the television was to be used as what we know as a videophone.

Paul Nipkow proposed and patented the first electromechanical television system in 1884, but he could not develop a system that worked. In 1925, the first publicly demonstrated working system in the history of television, created by John Logie Bard, displayed a moving silhouette. In 1928, Baird broadcasted the first transatlantic signal and the first regularly scheduled television service began, and in 1931, the first live transmission was made.

The first fully electronic set in the history of television was created in 1927 by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, but it wasn’t until 1934 that he created one that worked well.

The first color transmission was demonstrated by Baird in 1928, and the first color transmission of the electronically scanned era in 1940. Color television field tests began in 1941, but because of World War II and other circumstances, the first color broadcast to the public did not occur until 1951. It was in the 1966-1967 season that the networks began broadcasting in full color for prime time television.

The history of television continues to advance even today. From it’s invention, it has gotten bigger and bigger, of better quality, and more popular. Ninety-eight percent of homes in America had at least one television by the late 1980’s.