1925: Inventor Charles Francis Jenkins provides the first public demonstration in the U.S. of a synchronized transmission of pictures and sound
According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, “This early work in mechanical scanning television helped lay the foundation for later all-electronic television.”
Jenkins’s pioneering broadcast consisted of “crude silhouettes,” notable more for their spectacle than for narrative or coherence. Today, Ryan Murphy cites them as a huge influence on his work. -A.D.
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