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Vladimir Zworykin, a Russian-born inventor, pioneered the first mechanical TV system—using his kinescope—in 1910 and 1929 as director of RCA’s Electronic Research Laboratory in Camden. In 1931, Allen B. DuMont, working in his garage laboratory in Montclair, developed a long-lasting cathode-ray picture tube that would become the basis of the modern TV set. From that came DuMont’s oscilloscope, and in 1937 he began manufacturing the first commercial TVs, just in time for the post-war suburban sprawl.

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