Help Fund a Book About Henry Sutton, Television Pioneer


Sutton's Telephane Receiver Display

In 1890, Henry Sutton, of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, published the diagram above (minus the annotations) in The Telegraphic Journal and Electrical Review. It was, conceivably, the first viable proposal for a complete television system (this diagram shows only an elevation of the receiver).

Sutton bookWas Sutton able to televise the Melbourne Cup race in 1885? Did he first propose a television system in 1871 (which would be six years before anyone else)?

Lorayne Branch, Sutton’s great-granddaughter, says she will reveal the answers in a book that will include letters, papers, and patents, hitherto unknown, by this inventor who worked not only in television but also in radio, telephony, electric lighting, and other fields. She’s looking for crowd funding to get the book published. I just sent in my contribution and eagerly await the result! If you can contribute to shorten the delay in my learning the answers to those questions, please do.

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