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Early Color Television

15 Inch Sets and Monitors (1953-54)

NTSC field test sets

Some of these sets were either sold to the public, or have characteristics that made it clear that the manufacturer had developed them to the point where they could be sold. Others were only prototypes.

Who Sold the First NTSC Color Set to the Public?

Receivers

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Andrea

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Admiral C1617A

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Arvin  

Courtesy of Pete Deksnis

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CBS-Columbia RX-89 prototype

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CBS-Columbia RX-90 prototype

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Douglas 15" prototype

(LA Times Jan 1, 1954. Courtesy of Steve Dichter)

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DuMont prototype

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1953 Emerson 15" prototype. From November 1953 issue of Radio & TV News 

Courtesy of John Folsom

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Emerson C-501 prototype

 Courtesy of John Folsom

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1954 Emerson prototype

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Fada - Mockup or Prototype

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General Electric 15CL100

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1953 G.E. prototype with metal cone CRT

Courtesy of Chuck Azzalina

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Hoffman 15M1300U Colorcaster prototype

Courtesy of John Folsom

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Motorola 16CK1

 

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Pacific Mercury prototype

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Philco prototype

Courtesy of John Folsom

 

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Philco 1955 prototype with Apple CRT

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Philharmonic (AMC) prototype

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Pye experimental 405 line NTSC set (Britain)

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Raytheon

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RCA Model 5 prototype 

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RCA CT-100

 

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Sears-Silvertone 4160 prototype

Courtesy of John Folsom

 

Scott prototype

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Sentinel 806-CM

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Sparton (photo of rear and engineering manual) prototype

Courtesy of John Folsom

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Sparton 16A211

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Stromberg Carlson K-1

Courtesy of Ed Reitan

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Sylvania 451

 Courtesy of John Folsom

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Westinghouse H840CK15

Westinghouse 15" prototype

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Zenith 15"

Courtesy of Dave Johnson

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Unknown

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Zenith 21" rectangular prototype (1954)

Monitors

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Dage 650 Monitor  

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DuMont 15 inch Monitor

Courtesy of John Folsom

Specification Sheet

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General Electric 4TM-15 Monitor  

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RCA TM-10 Monitor

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Polarad M-200 15" monitor 

Courtesy of George Lemaster

 

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Wickes color monitor ad from IRE Proceedings, June 1954. Wickes ran ads for color encoder, vectorscope, bar generator, stairstep generator, etc. about every month in the IRE in 1954.

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KOAM-TV Pittsburg/Joplin MO about 1963. You'll see a Wickes color monitor near the back.

Courtesy of George Lemaster