'Iron Man' Television Camera Pedestal

Made:
1931-1941 in United Kingdom
maker:
Electric and Musical Industries Limited
EMI Emitron camera head, one of the original Emitrons used by Marconi-EMI from the beginning of the BBC's British EMI Emitron camera head, one of the original Emitrons used by Marconi-EMI from the beginning of the BBC's British EMI Emitron camera head, one of the original Emitrons used by Marconi-EMI from the beginning of the BBC's British EMI Emitron camera head, one of the original Emitrons used by Marconi-EMI from the beginning of the BBC's British

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EMI Emitron camera head, one of the original Emitrons used by Marconi-EMI from the beginning of the BBC's British
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

EMI Emitron camera head, one of the original Emitrons used by Marconi-EMI from the beginning of the BBC's British
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

EMI Emitron camera head, one of the original Emitrons used by Marconi-EMI from the beginning of the BBC's British
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

EMI Emitron camera head, one of the original Emitrons used by Marconi-EMI from the beginning of the BBC's British
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

'Iron Man' television camera pedestal, made by EMI Research Laboratories Ltd, UK, 1931-1941. This television pedestal was first used at Alexandra Palace in 1936.

Early television cameras sometimes sat on wooden tripods, but at other times on heavy pedestals, dubbed 'Iron Man' pedestals because they were big, heavy and made of metal. The wheel on the back of the pedestal adjusts the height of the camera. The three screws in the base secures the pedestal to the ground, allowing the camera to pivot and be angled up and down from a fixed point.

Details

Category:
Television
Object Number:
1955-284/2
Materials:
metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified) and rubber (unidentified)
type:
television camera stand
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
  • cine camera
credit:
Research Labs, EMI