Museum Hours:

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Television Museum

2015 Early Television Convention

You Can Now Register for the 2015 Convention

This year, the convention will be held of May 1, 2 and 3. We came to this decision after reviewing the results of our survey, which was returned by over 60 people. The vast majority wanted the convention earlier than mid-May, though a significant number wanted the convention to coincide with the Dayton Hamvention. Our decision was based mainly on two factors: First, a significant number of people who have attended in earlier years said they couldn't come in mid-May because of school schedules. Second, the mid-May weekend is among the busiest in central Ohio, with a major rock concert, the Dayton event, and many smaller events taking place. This makes motel rooms scarce, and, even if booked early, significanly more expensive than other weekends.

We know that many of you will be dissapointed that we are moving the date, but we feel it is the best option.

Even though there are no major events taking place this weekend, we urge you to make your motel arrangements early to assure you get the accomodations you want.

2015 Auction

Auction of Ed Reitan's Collection of Mechanical, Prewar, Field Sequential Color and NTSC Color Equipment

We will have the CRT rebuilding room completed and operational for the convention. We hope to schedule some events during the weekend related to CRT rebuilding.

“The Farnsworth Invention” by Aaron Sorkin by the Gallery Players

The Gallery Players theater group is presenting this play, a rather one-sided depiction of the Farnsworth/Sarnoff feud. The museum is providing technical assistance and props for the play. Information about the play is here. There is a performance Sunday afternoon, and convention attendees will be given discount tickets ($10 each). Just show up at the box office.

Here is information on the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Conventions.


(preliminary information - subject to change)

Clips from live television 1947-48 James Cozart
Television in the 20s Brian Belanger
The RCA Colorama Flying Spot Scanner Cliff Benham
Zworykin's first two RCA Lab Notebooks Richard Brewster (presented by Dave Sica)
A Brief History of Video Disc and The RCA CED System Ed Milbourn
RCA's Presentations Giving Updates on the Progress of Color TV Mike Molnar

Restoration Workshops

Basic Color TV Setup. Dave May

On Display

Field Sequential Color Camera Mike Molnar
RCA Colorama Flying Spot Scanner Cliff Benham
DuMont Electronicam Chuck Pharis
Ed Reitan Collection  

New at the Museum This Year

CBS-Columbia RX-89 Electrical Products projector
Giant View projector, RCA 14-S-7070
Eastman 400 Telecine Projector General Precision Laboratories kinescope recorder
RCA Colorama flying spot scanner 12 inch WW2 radar tube
RCA World War Two Iconoscope camera display Rank Cintel flying spot scanner CRT
National Union 2031 monotron Hollis Baird Model 26/36 scanner

Tentative Schedule

Events in gray will be at the museum and those in green at the Makoy Center

Friday, May 1

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meet other collectors at the museum. Beer, wine, soft drinks. Demonstration of sets in the Museum's collection

Saturday, May 2

7:30 am – 8:30 am Swap Meet setup
8:30 am – 11:00 am Registration and Swap Meet
8:30 am - 5:30 pm Silent Auction
9:00 am - 11:45 am Live Auction
12:00 noon – 12:30 pm Buffet Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm   Presentations
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Presentations
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors
About 6:00 pm Silent Auction closes
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dinner

Sunday, May 3

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors. Demonstration of sets in the Museum’s collection.
10:00 am – 10:30 am  Meeting - CRT rebuilding at the museum
10:30 am - 11:00 am Museum annual meeting
11:00 am – 12:00 pm  Restoration Workshops
2:30 pm “The Farnsworth Invention” by Aaron Sorkin by the Gallery Players