Zoomar : Frank G. Back and the Postwar Television Zoom Lens. / Hall, Nick.

In: Technology and Culture, Vol. 57, No. 2, 04.2016, p. 353-379.

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Zoomar : Frank G. Back and the Postwar Television Zoom Lens. / Hall, Nick.

In: Technology and Culture, Vol. 57, No. 2, 04.2016, p. 353-379.

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Hall, Nick. / Zoomar : Frank G. Back and the Postwar Television Zoom Lens. In: Technology and Culture. 2016 ; Vol. 57, No. 2. pp. 353-379.

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