‘Unknown Victorian Inventors and their forgotten contraptions’
Wobbly Goggy’s entry:
It’s the now virtually unknown Dr. Ezekiel Nitidus Baxendale. Unfortunately his amazing invention the ‘Pauper Detector’ is now lost to us forever.
This entry is from Art’s Arts:
Sir Archibald von FancePants….
In 1858 Mr. Bertrand Barnaby Clarke invented a device which he dubbed the Aetheric Tele-Visual Tranceiver. The Tranceiver could be used to pick up signals transmitted long-distance across the aetherwaves, translating them into moving images displayed on the in-built screen with accompanying sound. The aim was to record shows of an entertaining nature and send them into the homes of the masses. Mr. Clarke envisioned a Tranceiver in the household of every family within ten years.
However, the device never took off. No one quite understood the point of wasting their hours in front of a screen when they could be spending their time attaining scientific, artistic and sporting excellence, reading books, seeing friends and travelling the world.
Mr. Clarke had sunk all of his money into the venture and was left a broken man. He sold his workshop and disappeared and his invention was all but lost in history.