John Logie Baird's test subject 'Eustace'

Made:
1933-1952 in United Kingdom
maker:
John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird's test subject 'Eustace' A mannequin's head, used by John Logie Baird in his colour television experiments in 1943 and nicknamed 'Eustace'
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A mannequin's head, used by John Logie Baird (1888-1946) in his colour television experiments in 1943.

During the second world war Baird continued his research into colour television and by 1943 was experimenting with field sequential colour (a system that was launched in the USA seven years later and was used by NASA on the moon). In typical Baird style, he used mannequins for his experiments.

It is first documented in historic images in the early 1950s, appearing in a Rank/Bush/Murphy display alongside an authentic Baird 'Noah's Ark' televisor.

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Category:
Television
Object Number:
1993-5008/4
Materials:
cardboard, hair, paint, plaster, wood (unidentified)
type:
television test subject
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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