John Logie Baird's test subject 'Stookie Bill'

Made:
c. 1926
maker:
Unknown
John Logie Baird's test subject 'Stookie Bill'
      This ventriloquist’s dummy was used by John Logie Baird (1888-1946) in his experimental television work Stookie Bill

John Logie Baird's test subject 'Stookie Bill' This ventriloquist’s dummy was used by John Logie Baird (1888-1946) in his experimental television work
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Stookie Bill

'Stookie / Stooky Bill' ventiloquist's dummy head. From The Plessey Museum.

'Stookie/Stooky Bill' ventiloquist's dummy head.

Known as 'Stookie Bill' or 'Stooky Bill', this ventriloquist’s dummy was used by John Logie Baird (1888-1946) in his experimental television work. The lights for the experiments were so hot Baird couldn't use a human for the tests. Baird began experimenting with imaging systems in the early 1920s. By 1924 he successfully transmitted outline images over wires and by 1925 he was able to transmit recognisable human faces.

Details

Category:
Television
Object Number:
2001-5037/3
Materials:
hair, plaster-of-Paris, string and wood (unidentified)
type:
ventriloquist’s dummy
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford