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Early Home Entertainment Systems


Before DVD or video, there was the motion picture phonograph. Well, at least the idea existed.  I don't know whether any of these were actually made and sold or not. This model from 1922, invented by C. Francis Jenkins, used pictures printed on a stack of paper disks. Background music could be provided by using a special attachment to play a record.
[from an article in the November 1922 issue of Science and Invention.]






This 1923 version played talkies! The disk was transparent, with both grooves for sound to be played with a regular phonograph stylus, and translucent pictures to be projected onto the back of a screen in the cabinet by a light shining from above. One drawback was that a show on a twelve-inch disk, playing at 53 1/3 rpm, would only run for about three minutes. It's ironic that the sound synchronization in this type of system would have been better than that of the early theater "talkies."
[from an article in the January 1923 issue of Science and Invention.]