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TVInews - 110 Elwin Laurence Peterson, Inventor of TV-Film transmission. His patent 1,747,791 was submitted in 1928 and was granted, Feb. 18, 1930 for a "Transmitting System and Apparatus". Another patent that was granted Aug. 18, 1931 for a "Synchronizing Method and Apparatus," By Suzan Schweizer-Peterson
• 02. Elwin Peterson
The Patents
03. Payment Claim
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Elwin Laurence Peterson,
b: March 20, 1906 - d:
Inventor of TV-Film RF Transmission.
By Suzan Schweizer-Peterson

••• When it comes to patent - trademark filings, political and corporate crimes, the world has a short attention span.
••• Seldom has that been demonstrated more clearly than over the last several years as evidenced by the $-billion in auction sales of the FM frequencies by the FCC, and the $billion loss in the Enron and World Com Bankrupcy filings and CEO convictions.
••• Just last month, a few more frequency sales took place, and as of yet, no report as to how much they received and as to whom the spectrums were sold too. The monetary payout agenda was hijacked by a current sin trend event . . . a rebel attack in the middle east.
••• To TVInews and our thousands of tvinews.net bloger friends, like Scott McClean and



Suzan Schweizer-Peterson, the FCC's June's 2006, $-Billion Dollar frequency sales receipts was Topic A.
••• How much larger was our NBS100 consumer claim going to be, on behalf of the U.S. government - 30 billion or 50 billion? - CONTINUED.

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1. Feature Story / Continued. In analysing the lost newspaper article, Fessenden, the subject of this Webpage is the biography of her father, Elwin Peterson, the inventor of several Film-Video related transmitters. MORE STORY Erin Brockovich Takes On A New Twist as Plaintiff in U.S. Medicare Suits, Charles Portz. / • 02 Nathan B. Stubblefield Family Trust and NBS100.com files Wireless Telephone Complaint against the FCC for $30-billion / NBS100 vs FCC, Attorney Charles Portz
••• As you will see Suzan is allowing users of the wWeb to discover and create more web pages and blog entries with photos about her







father. Users can then create communities by inviting "friends" to link this page to them.
••• Some of the pages, however, will contain material that might spook image-control conscious advertisers. But by making pages like this more visable for advertisers, like a KudoAds, risks losing the edginess that makes tvinews.net websites so popular among students of the EMW, and the baby-boomers who saw it happen right before their eyes.
••• The moment users of our tvinews.net -- sniff the possibilities that they're being conned, they move away . . . so the publisher and editors of TVImagazine work extra hard to remain authentic and real by contextualizing their sources.
••• Users are interested in what we're going to publish, but on the other hand they don't want to be bombarded with advertizing and . . . something that's not related to the subject matter. "As soon as it becomes an obvious sales machine, with a hidden ulterior motive, people will leave it.
••• Peterson's patent number 1,747,791 was submitted in 1928 and was not finalized until Feb. 18, 1930 as they searched other patents to be sure nothing infringed on any other patent. This patent was for a "Transmitting System and Apparatus". He filed another patent that was granted Aug. 18, 1931 on a "Synchronizing Method and Apparatus".
••• Elwin was born 100 years ago on March 20, 2006 in Yankton, North Dakota. His mother, Ida Fidroeff, was of Russian/Norwegian decent. His father Laurence, was from Denmark. Elwin's father was an artist and a photographer. He was fascinated with the idea of making motion pictures. One of Elwin's papers states ; "I know the basic ideas my father gave me when I was young started me to thinking. The way he cut up a picture in strips to give a moving photograph showed me a picture was made up of strips of elements. At 11 years old I knew what grain or element of a picture was. At 14 I was set on a definite idea of transmission of pictures." He went on to describe his theory.
••• Tragedy stuck when Elwin was ten. His mother, who had been assigned to head up the Indian reservations, went for a minor operation and bled to death on the operating table. The following year his father died. He was told he died of a broken heart. Being a sensitive artist we wonder if it could have been by suicide. Elwin was taken in by his mother's uncle and his only sister, Margaret, was adopted. He eventually moved to California with his uncle and grandmother when he was 16, joining his other uncle that lived there.
••• In California he went to work at a bank and attended LA High School at night to get his diploma. During this time he drew architectural plans for his uncles who were builders. There was a subdivision of land near Santa Monica and Highland and the builders were restricted to building a duplex with one third of the square footage on the second floor. Dad drew up detailed architectural renderings and elevations that they paid him for and used.
••• Continually he worked on his invention for television. A group of people were so impressed with his intelligence and drive that they paid for him to audit classes at USC. He completed a model and demonstrated his three dimensional camera in 1928. The newspaper clippings lauded this young 23 year old scientist. From the Examiner "Elwin Peterson and his motion picture camera that takes two pictures side by side on the same film. The two pictures are taken from slightly different angles and when merged give the appearance of depth."
The Patents
••• He continued in his experiments finally perfecting his invention of TV and the next news clipping from the Washington Herald Finance, July 15, 1929, says: "The invention embodies a wholly new and simplified principle. The problem of synchronization between the distributing and receiving points has been mastered for the first time since wireless moving pictures were attempted. All obstacles to synchronization which have retarded television in the past have been eliminated. The Peterson invention will make it possible to turn a dial and receive the picture with no more than technical knowledge than for the operation of the radio." From the Washington Universal Service, July 14, 1928 it says "A twenty-three year old California inventor, E. L. Peterson of Los Angeles, has obtained patent rights on a new and revolutionary television principle, it was revealed here today." A letter in his files from the Secretary of the State of California, Frank C. Jordan dated Sept. 24, 1931 says, "I was delighted to have an opportunity to view your Ray-O-Vision Three Dimensional Screen. It was my good fortune to have with me men high in the theatrical profession, and they were exceedingly interested and very much pleased. That you have accomplished what you set out to do, and which seemed to be.
••• Impossible, is evident. It is one of the most interesting and valuable inventions of the year…." His patent # 1,747,791 was submitted in 1928 and was not finalized until Feb. 18, 1930 as they searched other patents to be sure nothing infringed on any other patent. This patent was for a "Transmitting System and Apparatus". He filed another patent that was granted Aug. 18, 1931 on a "Synchronizing Method and Apparatus".
03. U.S. Radio Commission
••• In Elwin's papers was a letter to the Radio Commission which stated, "In the late 1920s and early 1930s I was constructing a frequency variation apparatus and demonstrated potential possibilities of this system to RCA in New York City and Camden, N.J., to the Mackey Radio, New York City and Bell telephone. In 1930 I applied to you for an experimental band having my laboratory located in Hollywood, California on the 7th and top floors of the Bekin Building, which application was not granted. For the past 20 years I have also been working in the stereoscopic television field and have given many demonstrations of stereoscopic pictures, both moving and still, using no eye filters, each eye seeing a separate full (not grated) picture my method being based on the spacing of the eyes. I have demonstrated this system to the Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y. and at several hospitals showing that a group of doctors might view stereo-x-rays at one time."
••• Dad's star was in the ascendancy. The corporation leased a building on Long Island, NY where dad's lab and the manufacturing of his TV would take place. His uncle Bill took on two partners to help make money for the Corporation (Ray-O-Vision) and to cover the expenses of further research and development. The two men proved to be crooks that oversold stock in the corporation and then took off with the funds. They were arrested with Uncle Bill. Elwin had no involvement in the financial end and knew nothing until he arrived in New York and went out to the new lab and found that the locks had been changed and he was locked out. All his equipment and even many of their personal household items and wedding gifts were sold to repay the stockholders. Elwin found himself almost penniless with a wife and young son to support in the midst of the depression. Those were hard years when he worked at anything he could find. He had nine other patents pending but with no money they were dropped & forfeited.
••• In 1945 Elwin went to work for the Navy Yard in the optics and machine shop. He was foreman over thirty women. Father received many awards from the Dept. of the Navy for beneficial suggestions. One of these was for an air release chuck that increased the production of the women on the lathes by 1000 times. The government was to have protected his rights to this invention but they didn't and Allson manufacturing came out with it later on claiming it was their invention.
••• There were other inventions but most important here is when he offered his patent #1,747,791 which covered frequency modulation to the Navy. In a letter, Aug. 27 1945, to The Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department Attn. Relb. From W.G. Schindler, Captain, U.S. Navy, Officer-in-charge, Naval Ordnance Laboratory, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. "Elwin L. Peterson, an employee of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory and the inventor of the Transmitting System and Apparatus disclosed and claimed in Patent 1,747,791 issued February 18, 1930, wishes to bring this patent to the attention of the Government. He asserts that this patent covers the field of frequency modulation and desires the Government to recognize his efforts in this field. In the event
••• the Government desires to make use of this patent, Mr. Peterson is willing to grant to the government an irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty free license under the patent. Mr. Peterson also asserts that he is the owner of the patent and, therefore, has a right to grant a license there under."
••• In my father's notes he had written, "Sometime in the year 1945 I suggested that the Army and Navy use my patent #1747791 for clear communication where communication was being scrambled by the enemy. This suggestion was made through my Master Mechanic, Mr. Develin of the Optical shop. After several interviews I was asked to go to the communications division of the Navy Yard. I was taken there by a Navy man, Mr. Hicks. This seemed fruitless because there was a man there that use to work for Major
••• Armstrong. He said that in 1931 Major Armstrong was working on the same thing, a variation of the wave length. I told him that I knew that. I had demonstrated my patent to him in 1929 and again in 1930 at Bell Telephone and Postal Telegraph when they had requested his opinion of my invention. He later developed the limiter circuit after some extensive experiments. I told them that this was just an improvement of my claim.
••• I was asked back for further interviews several times. Then I did not hear from anyone for eight months or so. A telegram was sent and I understand a man went to my home to tell me to be at the Navy Yard office at 11AM that day. I got there at 11AM and they showed me the paper I was to sign. My letter had stated that I wanted my children and their children to know what I had developed. I was assured that this would be done in a big way. But for some time I was not to mention this to anyone. They told me to be very quiet.
••• They said they would be taking the patent out of the Patent Office and all papers about it should be kept secret. The contract said for $1.00 I assigned the patent and I asked for the $1.00 and they laughed and said the government never takes anything without giving what it is worth and that it would be determined later.
••• Mr. Devlin sent for me to come to his office in the Optical shop one day later. A Navy officer was there and he asked if anyone had contacted me on my patent. I told him no. He told me that most every range finder had my improvement on them. He went on to say that my method of communication was a complete success. The Germans were pushed all the way back before they found out about the new communication. I write this letter now after finding an old copy of a letter of Aug. 27th 1945 and ask when the Government is going to recognize my efforts in the field of FM."
••• Later toward the end of 1946 when FM stations were springing up, dad hired a lawyer to sue for infringement on his patent. His attorney Joseph Davies researched the situation and wrote to Elwin on January 16, 1947. His patent was due to expire on February 18, 1947, and that it would take an act of Congress to get it extended and that there was little hope that he could get an extension. The second problem was that all of the stations were in the red because of set up costs so they didn't have any money.
••• Elwin had other inventions where others betrayed his trust but he did not become bitter. He had his family that loved him. He married Sally Emily Bowden in April of 1930 and had two children Elwin L. Peterson Jr. and Suzan Peterson Schweizer. He remained optimistic thinking that success was just around the corner. He told his son to keep a book and write a new idea every day. In his diary of 1928, I read his Resolution for the New Year: "Resolved, that I shall be dissatisfied with myself for the next 365 days. It pays. I shall realize that my troubles are not caused in the shortcomings of others but are caused by me and only me. I shall try, by hard work and close thinking to develop to the utmost what powers I have, which I have. And in doing so I shall deal justly with others." How sad that others did not deal justly with him.

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