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Baird’s Televisor

circa 1930

The Baird televisor is an early television set. It was used to watch the periodic Baird Studios and BBC broadcasts between 1929 and 1935.

This televisor was the first to be seen in the North West and was demonstrated at the Henshall Brothers shop on Lower Hillgate, Stockport.

The viewfinder to the right of the televisor transmitted images only 60 mm high and 20 mm wide. The tiny image didn’t even take up the entire ‘screen’. Rather than being black and white, the images were black and red due to the colour of the neon gas in the lamp.

About 1000 of these sets were originally produced and priced at just over £18. There were also kit receivers, without the tin cabinet, available from Baird’s for only £7.