The First Man on TV

The first person to be seen on a television screen was a 20-year-old office boy , William Taynton, who happened to work in the same building in central London as John Logie Baird, who was experimenting with his invention.
On 2 October 1925, the Scottish engineer and inventor decided to perform the first test of a working television system: he went downstairs to a neighbouring office, fetched a rather reluctant William and almost pushed him into his laboratory for what he called a brief assistance with a simple experiment: he had just to sit in front of his projection lamps.

The boy wasn’t impressed with Baird’s device at first, even though he later took a close interest in the development of television and went on keeping in contact with the engineer.

On the contrary, the inventor was so eager to share the news of this achievement that he ran to the office of his local daily newspaper to promote his invention. The news editor’s reaction was not what he had expected: he was almost terrified and described Baird as a madman who said he had a machine for seeing by wireless. After that, he ordered his staff to get rid of him, but to be cautious because he could be violent and armed with a razor.

La prima persona ad apparire su uno schermo televisivo fu un fattorino di 20 anni, William Taynton, che lavorava nello stesso edificio nel centro di Londra di John Logie Baird, che stava sperimentando la sua invenzione.
Il 2 ottobre 1925 l’ingegnere e inventore scozzese decise di eseguire il primo test di un sistema televisivo funzionante: andò in un ufficio al piano di sotto e prese un riluttante William e lo fece entrare nel suo laboratorio per un semplice esperimento: doveva solo sedersi davanti alle sue lampade di proiezione.

All’inizio il ragazzo non fu impressionato dal dispositivo di Baird, anche se in seguito si interessò allo sviluppo della televisione e si tenne in contatto permanente con l’ingegnere.

Al contrario, l’inventore era così desideroso di condividere la notizia che corse alla redazione del quotidiano locale per promuovere la sua invenzione. La reazione del redattore non fu quella che si era atteso: fu infatti quasi terrorizzato e descrisse Baird come un pazzo che diceva di avere una macchina per trasmettere immagini. Dopodiché, ordinò al suo staff di sbarazzarsi di lui, ma di essere cauti perché il folle poteva essere violento e armato di rasoio.

82 thoughts on “The First Man on TV

  1. I echo several people who said “Fascinating”. As a child of the 50s, I remember black and white television, the national anthem when the networks signed off for the evening, Saturday morning cartoons, and only three major stations in the US. Now nowadays to paraphrase a rock song. “Dozens of channels and nothing’s on.” I refuse to buy multiple streaming channels with price creep once they think they have you hooked.

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    1. I too remember black and white TV, when in Italy there was only one channel and it didn’t broadcast all day,
      I agree with you on pay TV- they start with attractive prices which are then gradually increased. Tt happened to me too, when I subscribed to a satellite TV, I had subscribed to have access to programs in English that I could also use at school.. in the early 90’s. The price little by little become so high that I had to cancel my subscription

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    non c’entra niente con il tuo post ma questa mattina andando a ricercare un mio articolo mi è capitato un commento di Claudio Capriolo ho cliccato e si è aperto il sito di cui dovrà Che non ha nessuna attinenza con i suoi temi!
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    1. Io non sono neppure riuscita ad aprirlo quel sito. Allora, se qualcuno sa qualcosa, chiediamo qui di informarci sull’amico blogger CLAUDIO CAPRIOLO🙏🙏🙏
      Grazie per il passaggio, Shera e buona domenica pomeriggio a te 😘

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  3. Ha-Ha! I have never heard this story before so many thanks Luisa for sharing it! The reaction of the newspaper editor did make me laugh out loud. You do share the most wonderful music and stories. Blessings always, Deborah.

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