Science: Television

In a General Electric laboratory at Schenectady last fortnight people peered at the small 3" x 3" screen of Dr Ernst Frederik Werner Alexanderson's television receiving set. They were waiting for the performance of the first playlet broadcast by television. It was J. Hartley Manners' The Queen's Messenger. There being only two parts, there were only two actors:

The screen glowed pinkishly; a loud speaker in the same room susurrated A human head appeared on the screen, tiny and wraithlike: its lips moved; simultaneously the loud speaker squawked words. Another head appeared; more...

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