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Me TV: Photos from the bleeding edge of television

We've come a long way since the days of the GE's "Octogon" 4-inch television. Check out these images from TV's past.

    AT&T President Walter Gifford talks with Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover on April 27, 1927, in the first public display of television.

    Source: AT&T


    A model advertises a 1928 General Electric "Octagon" 4-inch television.

    Source: TVHistory.tv


    The 1929 Semivisor, by Rene Barthelemy, looks like a cross between a camera and an old-fashioned telephone.

    Source: Musee des Arts et Metiers


    A magnifying lens was used on this "vision only" 1936 Emyvisor Cathode Ray Television, from France, to increase the size of the picture to about 8 inches.

    Source: TVHistory.tv


    This 1948 Zenith Color TV used a spinning red-blue-green filter in front of a CRT to reproduce colors seen by the camera lens.

    Source: TVHistory.tv


    This 1950 16-inch black-and-white model by Zenith was code-named Lincoln.

    Source: TVHistory.tv


    Zenith's 1955 "Flash-matic" remote control. Bright sunlight tended to change channels randomly.

    Source: TVHistory.tv


    One could tilt-adjust the black-and-white picture tube of the 1957 "Teleavia," from France.

    Source: TVHistory.tv


    Sony debuted its first television for the U.S market in 1961.

    Source: TVHistory.tv


    Panasonic launched its TR-005 "Flying Saucer" in 1971.

    Source: TVHistory.tv


    This heavy 1981 Zenith doubled as fancy living-room furniture.

    Source: TVHistory.tv


    Samsung says this 82-inch panel, which debuted in Seoul on March 6, 2005, is the world's largest full high-definition LCD television screen.

    Source: Samsung