Some brief facts, observations, and data in a…
50-year tapestry of interwoven
Events, Companies, and People
In January 1964 I visited the big Zenith showroom in
(2) Across the country on chilly 1954 New Year’s Day, a group of Philco employees and invited dealers gathered in downtown Philadelphia to witness network color-TV history on a single Philco-designed 15-inch color prototype.
Among that lucky group gathered in
In April 2004 I visited the Doernbach showroom in downtown
There in the second-floor living room was the 21-inch Philco
roundie, standing unused since my
visit to that Zenith showroom in
We made a deal, shook hands, and my son, brother, and I moved the set from where it had been since 1956 to my home, seen here in 2004; now in the fall of 2005, that CT-100 is operational and restoration of Philco model 22D5102 is in progress...
Fact: RCA was just one of the companies to showcase NTSC
Rose Bowl color on
Doernbach closed the doors of his business in 2005 after 57 years at the same location. His primary activity in the final years was vacuum cleaner repair.
Thanks to the C. Heuer and A. C. Doernbach whose shared memories from the early days of color television made this page possible. Also, thanks to Wayne Bretl for providing much insight and illumination into the world of television engineering history.