CT-100 : Making it work...
Restoring a Vintage Color Television Set
Early Color Television
The first production color television ever sold was manufactured in Indiana beginning in March 1954. Fewer than five-thousand of these marvels of mid-century tube technology were made. At $1000 a pop, not many were sold. Few -- probably under 200 -- remain today and still fewer are in operating condition.
This site will chronicle my attempt to restore one of those rarest of television sets -- the RCA Model CT-100 "The Merrill" with its 36-tube chassis.
If you too are pursuing this challenge, I'd like to hear from you -- perhaps there is information to share. Others, I would value your thoughts on this site or its contents.
Find four site links below...
Six Years In The Making...
Screen photo of restored CT-100 B8000194.
The 28th operational Merrill known.
Picture alignment in process...
Over-the-Air NTSC-standard video.
WNBC New York VHF channel 4
August 8, 2005, 07:41 EDT
[click here THE SET gestation]
[click here THE SET restoration menu]
[click here THE SET about me - techie POV]
[click here for the latest CT-100 news & notices page]
R.I.P. Analog TV: It began July 1, 1941.
It morphed into color December 17, 1953.
It will cease to exist February 17, 2009.
[We had 421 stations hit 'high voltage' OFF on Feb. 17,
joining 220 who had already done so, with
those remaining set to pull
the Big Switch on
A demonstration of 1953 NTSC color
A view of B8000194 on YouTube
The Best Gadget of All Time!
(Betcha can't guess what this is... :-)
Begun 21 May '99
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