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Radio Facsimile Receiver - Fultograph, Wireless Pictures, circa 1930 Object Reg. No: ST 035362

Fultograph radio facsimile receiver with control unit. Manufactured by Wireless Pictures (1928) Ltd. Imported by Television and Radio Laboratories (later Radiovision) for their radio picture broadcasts through Melbourne radio stations 3UZ and 3DB and Sydney station 2UE between 1929 and 1932.

The transmitted picture was reconstructed at the receiving end on special paper treated with potassium iodide.

The device was powered by a clockwork motor, similar to that used in a gramophone.
Rectangular wooden case. Metal baseplate with black crackle finish carries mechanism at one end. Cover for mechanism is missing. Horizontal shaft extending from mechanism carries metal drum with clamp for holding sensitised paper in place. A sheet of paper is clamped on the drum. Two rails parallel to drum shaft carry stylus which moves over drum surface. Stylus mount is broken and stylus is present but detached.

Control unit has provision for a single directly heated triode valve but valve is missing.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Stewart, 1981
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 240 mm (Height), 198 mm (Width), 352 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: facsimile telegraphy, fascimile machines, fultographs, television radio laboratories
Themes this item is part of: Telegraphy Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Radio comes of age in Australia - broadcasting begins, 1922 - 1930
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Tertiary Classification: receivers
Manufacturer: Wireless Pictures (1928) Ltd, England, Great Britain, circa 1930
References: Fultograph Receiver. Accessed 22 January 2013.
  1. [Book], Philip Geeves, The dawn of Australia's radio broadcasting, Federal Publishing, 1993

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