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San Francisco, California: Television's First Broadcast Image

Historical marker notes where Philo T. Farnsworth broadcast the world's first successful electronic image on September 7, 1927.

202 Green St., San Francisco, CA
NW Corner of Green and Sansome Streets.
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First TV broadcast from a lab here.

Television's First Broadcast Image

"The Genius of Green Street" -- as Philo T. Farnsworth, television's inventor, was known --broadcast the world's first successful electronic image from his modest laboratory located in this building. That first image broadcast on September 7, 1927 was a dollar sign! Perhaps the first broadcast image said it all.

The inventor many years later stated that there was nothing worthwhile on television and that he wouldn't watch it in his house.

The building today is a California Registered Historical Landmark.

[Phil Pasquini, 04/17/2009]

The comings and goings of inventor Philo "Potato Crop" Farnsworth are endlessly fascinating to us. Still, this place needs a big set of rabbit ears.

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