How does traditional analogue television work? That’s a question beyond the comfort zone of most media historians who may not be familiar with analogue electronics. Even young engineers know little of thermionics, cathode rays and a myriad of other forgotten technologies. This important facet of television’s history is now only recorded by older engineers and by amateur groups who collect these technologies. In this paper, I will show by using examples how material artefacts can help us understand television’s history more fully.

broadcasting, engineering, television, conservation, restoration, preservation
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
VIEW Journal
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 8, No 15 (2019); 32-45

Marshall, Paul. (2019). Making Old Television Technology Make Sense. VIEW Journal, 8(15), 32–45. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2019.jethc163