Showcasing Fort Wayne Day 1 - The Home of Philo T. Farnsworth
Who knew? Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of TV, set up shop right here in Fort Wayne. Want to see where he lived? Just go east on E. State Blvd a few blocks to the corner of St. Joseph Blvd & E. State. There you'll find the beautiful historic home of Philo himself!
According to Wikipedia (which of course, is absolutely accurate!):
"In 1938, Farnsworth established the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with E. A. Nicholas as president and himself as director of research. In September 1939, after a more than decade long legal battle, RCA finally conceded to a multi-year licensing agreement concerning Farnsworth's 1927 patent for Television totaling $1 million. RCA was then free, after showcasing electronic television at The New York World's Fair on April 20, 1939, to sell electronic television cameras to the public.
Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation was purchased by International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) in 1951. During his time at ITT, Farnsworth worked in a basement lab known as "the cave" on Pontiac Street in Fort Wayne. From here he introduced a number of breakthrough concepts, including: a defense early warning signal, submarine detection devices, radar calibration equipment and an infrared telescope."
About the author:
I'm Chris Sanderson, Fort Wayne's own "Tech Savvy Lender," with Ruoff Home Mortgage. As a life-long resident of Fort Wayne I continue to be amazed by the hidden treasures right here in our home town.