from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An electrical device proposed and experimented upon by Szezepanik for the production at a distant station of visible images of objects located at the transmitting station. See telelectroscope.


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  • It's called a telectroscope, and it's really an art project.

    CNN Transcript May 23, 2008

  • Built by cephalopods and powered by steam, tea and chocolate, the TeleOctoscope was inspired by the 19th century invention of the "telectroscope" and enables communication and collaboration on interactive art projects and machinima between Boston (US) and Whitstable

    World of SL

  • Filed under: Art & Culture, Conferences, telectroscope

    The telectroscope « One Size Fits One

  • I also went to NYC for 7/4 (NY Asian Film Fest Roosevelt Island) and yesterday (Governor's Island, the NYC waterfalls -- which were nice and made up for my missing the telectroscope and the Central park arches) But I wasn't feeling too social then, either.

    elfpvke Diary Entry

  • Behold the amazing 37 foot long telectroscope and through this tube you can actually see London.

    CNN Transcript May 30, 2008

  • We head to Brooklyn to find out if the telectroscope fact or fiction.

    CNN Transcript May 30, 2008

  • New Yorkers can now see what people are doing all the way in London in real time through a giant apparatus called the telectroscope.

    CNN Transcript May 30, 2008

  • Behold the amazing 37-foot long telectroscope and through this tube you can actually see London.

    CNN Transcript May 30, 2008

  • Now, without a relative simplicity in the arrangement of the conducting wires intended to convey to a distance the electric current with its variations of intensity, without a perfect and rapid synchronism acting concurrently with the luminous impressions, so as to insure the simultaneous action of transmitter and receiver, without, in fine, an increased sensitiveness in the selenium, the idea of the telectroscope could not be realized.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 275, April 9, 1881

  • "Then," Fuller said speculatively, "they'd have to wait until one of their scientists invented the telectroscope."

    Islands of Space


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  • "Szezepanik" in the Century's definition is probably Jan Szczepanik.

    July 16, 2014

  • "And the Telectroscope is a real 19th-century creation — sort of. It was written about, Mr. St George said, by a reporter who misheard a story about an electroscope, a device used to measure electrical current. The apocryphal 19th-century account of this futuristic, far-seeing invention that worked on telegraph wires drew the attention of Mark Twain, who wrote about the Telectroscope around the turn of the last century."

    The New York Times, Telescope Takes a Long View, to London, by Melena Ryzik

    May 23, 2008