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PUTTICK, A.A. [ATHOL ALFRED?]. - Television. A simple story which provides a peep into the treasure trove of Television. [cover title: Television Without Tears].

Melbourne, Ruskin Press [1943?]. Small octavo publisher's plain light card wrapper and illustrated dustwrapper (minor damage at the ends of the dustwrapper spine); 69pp, frontispiece and illustrations throughout. ¶ This scarce, perhaps even rare, little book is the first Australian book on television. There is a bit of an argument that may be made here: in 1928 a geologist published a pamphlet on radium which apparently discussed such things as television and gamma rays as possible future uses of radium. That's not the same thing but I would like a copy if anyone has one. J.A. Kline's preface notes that war had put a hold on the development of television in Australia - by 'put a hold' we mean nothing had been done - and Puttick canvases the financial problems faced by a small population in a large country. An optimistic, perhaps foolishly optimistic, book to put out in the middle of the war, presumably it was ignored and Puttick never returned to it. I can't find that he published anything else but I came across a reference to an A.A. Puttick playing a part in aircraft design in the mid fifties. He worked in technical education and died in 1965.
AUD 900.00 [Appr.: EURO 569.25 US$ 643.59 | £UK 498.75 | JP¥ 71170] Book number 8969

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