January 27, 1926

On January 27, 1926, Scottish inventor, John Baird, demonstrated his pictorial transmission machine, which he also called a television. He said the picture only came in black, white, and grey and he wanted to know “why ye needed any more than that, you extravagant bastards!”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to January 27, 1926

  1. Asking For A Friend says:

    I am intrigued by the idea of this pictorial transmission machine. There are such vast opportunities for the viewing of informative content and educational materials on a wide variety of subjects!

    I suppose it could also be used for entertainment purposes, although I’m sure that is only a secondary consideration. I can’t help but wonder though… on a purely hypothetical basis, as… an intellectual exercise, if you will…

    Could such a device be used to look upon images of scantily-clad ladies in various poses or perhaps to witness them undertaking various “activities” or… dare I ask… even to watch people and groups of people engaged in actual acts of intimacy???

    Please understand, I present such unlikely scenarios purely to indulge my academic curiosity about the limitations of this remarkable invention. I certainly do not intend to suggest or imply that anyone would ever actually use it for such base and immoral purposes… but theoretically… could they?

    Asking For A Friend

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