Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week beginning Sunday, February 11th, 1940. Am I the only one who would love to see how “Jitterdoodle Charades” played out? Judging solely from the title it sounds hilarious.
Sunday, February 11th, 1940
2:30-4:00: Soccer, New York Americans vs. Baltimore Americans, at Starlight Park.
8:30-9:30: “Jitterdoodle Charades,” a guessing game in caricature devised by Norman McLaren, English artist. “Television Explorers Club,” featuring Lewis Cotlow and his African films.
Wednesday, February 14th, 1940
8:30-9:30: Variety Show
Thursday, February 15th, 1940
2:30-3:30: Meeting of associations of the Junior Leagues of America, with Helen W. Leovy, president, and Helen Findlay, secretary of the art department. Film, “Electrifying New York.”
9:30-11:00: Wrestling at Ridgewood Grove
Friday, February 16th, 1940
2:30-3:40: Film, “Corsair,” with Chester Morris
8:30-9:30: Play, “The Perfect Alibi,” by A.A. Milne
Saturday, February 17th, 1940
2:30-3:40: Film, “Thunderbolt”
9:00-11:00: Boxing at Ridgewood Grove
“Notes on Television.” New York Times. 11 Feb. 1940: 136.