Charles Jenkins Laboratories
Charles Jenkins Laboratories was the enterprise headed by Charles Francis Jenkins
Charles Francis Jenkins
Charles Francis Jenkins was an American pioneer of early cinema and one of the inventors of television, though he used mechanical rather than electronic technologies...

 that was granted the first commercial television
Television is a telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images that can be monochrome or colored, with accompanying sound...

 license in the United States
United States
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, station W3XK
W3XK is widely regarded as the oldest television station in the United States. It was operated by Charles Jenkins of Charles Jenkins Laboratories from July 2, 1928 to 1934. It was the first station to broadcast to the general public. The station's frequency started out at 1605 kHz, but moved to...

. The Laboratories also operated experimental station W2XCR
W2XCR was founded in 1931 in Long Island City, NY by the radio station WGBS . During the period early part of 1931, but before the call letters were changed to WINS, the station began experimenting with mechanical television broadcasting, operating a Jenkins mechanical scanner through the...


Charles Jenkins Laboratories closed after Mr. Jenkins died in 1934.
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