THE GREAT MULLARD MAGIC BLOG — peter eckersley
MAX FACTOR & TELEVISION LONG BEFORE THE AVON LADY
Posted by STEVE M on
So whats the story I hear you say? Well, during the 1930s, early tests showed that conventional make-up techniques were not suitable for television for although superb in real life or still photography it looked truly appalling on black-and-white television. Just look at this photo showing what "slap" of the day looked like on a JLB televisor transmission: - No wonder then that Peter Eckersley, the BBC’s chief engineer until 1929, put it: It was “An insult to the public to put on such a poor service and encourage the idea that the broadcast pictures would improve”. Further stating that “If...
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