The first recorded television picture taken from a TV screen, 1926.
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John Logie Baird (1888-1946) began experimenting with imaging systems in the early 1920s. In 1924 he transmitted outline images over wires and by 1925 he was able to transmit recognisable human faces. On 26th January 1926 he succesfully demonstrated his invention to members of the Royal Institution and a reporter from the Times newspaper. The same year, Baird started the world's first television station, which he named 2TV.