Maltese Cross used by John Logie Baird

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St John Ambulance Maltese Cross medal used by John Logie Baird. Copyright Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

This was the first object to be transmitted as an image in early television experiments by John Logie Baird.This St John Ambulance Maltese Cross belonged to John Logie Baird's doctor, Dr George Locke, who was based a short distance from the inventor's workshop. Baird initially used a cardboard cross to create shadowgraphs but he needed an object that would reflect the light. The shiny enamel surface and contrasting colours of this medal was ideal and it became the first object to be transmitted as an image.

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