Allen Balcom DuMont

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Allen Balcom DuMont was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1901 to William and Lillian. When he was 10 he was stricken with polio. He was quarantined in his family’s apartment for almost a year. During that time to keep his young son busy he brought him books and magazines while he was bedridden.

In 1914, the family moved to Montclair, New Jersey where he graduated from Montclair High School. After graduation, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. In 1924, he worked for the Westinghouse Lamp Company where he was placed in charge of the radio tube production. In a short amount of time he was able to increase the production for 500 a day to 50,000 tubes per day. He left Westinghouse in 1928 and worked for several other places he died in 1965, he was 64.

What you may not know about Allen is that he was the first person to manufacture and sold the first commercially practical television set to the public. In 1915, he was the youngest American to obtain a first-class commercial radio operator’s license he was only 14.

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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, James Dray wow.... he died at a very young age.... and what would we do with our tv's on NFL Sunday????

Oct 15, 2019 02:50 AM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. Allen was an example of making good use of his time and the abilities of a creative mind. Enjoy your day!

Oct 15, 2019 03:25 AM #2
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Lise Howe
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That is a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing one mans genius

Oct 15, 2019 03:47 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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Hi James.... shame that such a brilliant person died so young.

Oct 15, 2019 04:13 AM #4
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Donald Urschalitz
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He was a  brilliant man too bad he died so young.

Oct 15, 2019 04:30 AM #5
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again James. I didn't know and am surprised by that timeline. Good one.

Oct 15, 2019 05:06 AM #6
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning James,

Aha, the infamous boob tube!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 15, 2019 05:26 AM #7
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Pretty amazing that someone who was stricken with polio was able to live such a full and creative life. And still today we are trying to eradicate polio so that no one else suffers. Thank you, he was truly an interesting person and productive too.

Oct 15, 2019 06:01 AM #8
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning James Dray -  would be interested to know if the first TV was under the Westinghouse name.

Oct 15, 2019 06:03 AM #9
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello James - I knew a bit of this story but again you helped filled in some of the blanks.  Thank you,

Oct 15, 2019 06:13 AM #10
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Hi James Dray,

I guess I am more interested to know how Allen increased production from 500 to 50,000 tubes. That is simply amazing. 

Oct 15, 2019 08:07 AM #11
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Hi James- two things... amazing that he lived as long as he did having had polio, and we can only wonder what he would have come up with next had he lived beyond 65. 

Oct 15, 2019 09:22 AM #12
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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James,

What an interesting invention when you think how much impact TV has had on all of us...which is why we watch very little TV.  A

Oct 15, 2019 11:12 AM #13
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He would be amazed at how much TV has evolved from when he created the first set. He would be so overwhelmed he would probably want to shut it off.

Oct 15, 2019 01:52 PM #14
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I am impressed! Allen was the first person to manufacture and sell the first commercially practical television set to the public and he was the youngest American to obtain a first-class commercial radio operator’s license at 14.

Oct 15, 2019 10:39 PM #15
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I hope he got a big bonus for increasing the production from 500 radio tubes a day to 50,000 tubes per day.

Oct 15, 2019 10:46 PM #16
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Quite an ambitious accomplishment for such a young man !

Oct 16, 2019 12:26 AM #17
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Hi James:

Wow, how far have things come with our TVs since DuMont's time.

Jeff

Oct 18, 2019 02:21 PM #18
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