2. Felix The Cat



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This is the figure that RCA used in the 1920s when they were testing their electronic TV signal. But why would a papier-mâché doll be chosen for this important role? The reason is because the lights used to illuminate a subject for the camera in 20’s were too hot for a human being to withstand.

Furthermore, the contrast of Felix’s black and white design was helpful for the engineers to clearly identify what was being seen in these early low-resolution images. 

In 1928 Felix was broadcast from high atop the Empire State Building in New York City. This was the very first image transmitted electronically across the airwaves to a television receiver, making this artifact extremely valuable. Felix is currently valued at two million dollars.