Recently, I came across a news item for an early appearance of Dorothy Appleby on television.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE July 18. 1931 - Dorothy Appleby, MGM's ingenue, looking over a bunch of television fan mail from station WGBS-W2XCR New York ... She was the first stage or screen star to televise over that station.
A photo from RADIO NEWS, May 1939:
A little about WGBS.
Mechanical TV broadcast in the AM radio band (550–1600 kHz) in 1928 and 1929. With 24 and 30 line systems, only about 10 kHz of bandwidth was needed, so standard radio channels could be used. Some stations also broadcast in the shortwave band. Beginning in 1930, the 2-3 mHz band was used for television, with 100 kHz channel width. 60 line systems required about 40 kHz of bandwidth. TV broadcasts could be identified by their distinctive sound.
Reblogged from http://www.earlytelevision.org/w2xcr.html
The 1940 Three Stooges comedy A PLUMBING WE WILL GO had a gag that involved television.
People watching this film today are sometimes surprised that they had television that far back. But Dorothy Appleby had been on television years before. And Hugo Gernsback, the original publisher of RADIO NEWS, was one of the people who had been experimenting with television as far back as the late 1920's.
A PLUMBING WE WILL GO ( Three Stooges Film ):
Dorothy Appleby television item:
RADIO NEWS, May 1935:
WGBS-W2XCR New York: