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Ed Reitan's Color Television History

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Color Television Bibliography

[a reading list on the history of early color television]

Copyright E.H. Reitan, Jr. 1997

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1.0 COLOR TELEVISION, General

  • PETITION OF RADIO CORPORATION OF AMERICA AND NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC. FOR APPROVAL OF COLOR STANDARDS FOR THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM - Before the FCC, June 25,1953 . RARE, THE CLASSIC!

  • COLOR TELEVISION STANDARDS - N.T.S.C., Donald Fink, McGraw-Hill 1955 First Edition, 520pp. [inscribed to Ed Reitan from Donald Fink]

  • COLOR TELEVISION ENGINEERING, John W. Wentworth, McGraw-Hill 1955 (RCA Broadcast Reprint 1978), 459pp. [Inscribed to Ed Reitan July 8, 1992 from John W. Wentworth]

  • COLOR TELEVISION PICTURE TUBES, Morrell, Law, Ramberg, Herold, Academic Press 1974, 226pp.

  • COLOR TELEVISION FUNDAMENTALS, Kiver, McGraw-Hill 1955, 312pp.

  • TELECASTING AND COLOR, Tyler, Harcourt-Brace 1946, 213pp

  • COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER PRACTICES, Hazeltine Laboratories Staff, Dean (Ed.), Rider 1955, 200pp.

  • PRINCIPLES OF COLOR TELEVISION, by the Hazeltine Laboratories Staff, Edited by Knox McIlwain and Charles E. Dean, Wiley & Sons, 1956.

  • APPLIED PRACTICAL RADIO-TELEVISION, Coyne Electrical School 3rd Edition October, 1950, 392pp.

  • AND PART OF WHICH I WAS - RECOLLECTIONS OF A RESEARCH ENGINEER, George H. Brown, Angus Cupar 1979 revised 1982, 342pp. EXCELLENT

  • MAVERICK INVENTOR - MY TURBULENT YEARS AT CBS, Peter C. Goldmark, Saturday Review 1973, 278pp.

  • COLOR TELEVISION TECHNICAL MANUAL, National Broadcasting Company, Inc. Engineering Department, (Color Theory, TK-40 description and adjustment)[stamped Donald E. Pike] 1954.

  • PRACTICAL COLOR TELEVISION FOR THE SERVICE INDUSTRY, RCA Service Company, First Edition, December 1953

  • COLOR TELEVISION, Theory-Equipment-Operation, Manual for Technical Training, Second Edition, 1959, Radio Corporation of America, Camden [studio equipment - cameras 223pp.]

  • ELECTRONIC AGE, SPECIAL REPORT ON COLOR TV, FIVE YEARS OF PROGRESS

  • TELEVISION - VOLUME IV (1942-1946), RCA Labs. 1947, 510pp. RARE (RCA field sequential and simultaneous color)

  • TELEVISION - VOLUME V (1947-1948), RCA Labs. 1950, 461pp. RARE [Wolcott] (more simultaneous color)

  • TELEVISION - VOLUME VI (1949-1950), RCA Labs. 1947, 510pp. RARE [Wolcott] (dot sequential color, direct view color tubes)

  • ELECTRONIC MOTION PICTURES, Albert Abramson, Univ. of California Press 1955, Arno Reprint 1974, 212pp. (many good pix)

  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS - AN INTRODUCTION TO RADIO, TELEVISION, AND THE DEVELOPING MEDIA, Lynne Schafer Gross, Brown 1983, Soft. 453pp. (pix of EHR, JR. CBS COLOR SET and square 51 RCA color cam)

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2.0 HAZELTINE CORPORATION

2.1 REPORTS, HAZELTINE CORPORATION
  • Report 7126: A QUADRATURE MODULATOR - ENCODER FOR COLOR TELEVISION VIDEO SIGNALS, May 8,1952. [schematic, Nov. 26. 1951 NTSC specs (CPA)]

  • Report 7132: PRINCIPLES OF NTSC COMPATIBLE COLOR TELEVISION, August 7, 1952. [includes Electronics Feb. 52 cover color picture]

  • Report 7133: COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER FOR NTSC SPECIFICATIONS August 15, 1952

  • Report 7136: GENERAL COLOR - RECEIVER DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS December 12, 1952.

  • Report 7146: AN NTSC COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER September 4, 1953 [schematic]

  • Report 7149: LECTURES ON THE DESIGN OF COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVERS, October 29, 1953

  • Report 7153: QUADRATURE CROSS TALK IN NTSC COLOR TELEVISION, April 20, 1954

  • Report 7154: THE CONSTANT LUMINANCE PRINCIPLE IN NTSC COLOR TELEVISION, April 20, 1954.

  • Report 7157: A COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER EMPLOYING A CHROMATRON SINGLE - GUN TUBE, July 21, 1954 [includes schematic]

  • Report 8017: AN ENCODER FOR COLOR - TELEVISION SIGNALS February 24, 1954

2.2 BOOKS, HAZELTINE CORPORATION
    TELEVISION PRINCIPLES, Hazeltine Laboratories Staff, Charles E. Dean (Ed.), 1944, 349pp Presented to UCLA from Hazeltine Corporation, Harold A. Wheeler, 821013.

  • COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER PRACTICES, Hazeltine Laboratories Staff, Dean (Ed.), Rider 1955, 200pp.

  • PRINCIPLES OF COLOR TELEVISION, by the Hazeltine Laboratories Staff, Edited by Knox McIlwain and Charles E. Dean, Wiley & Sons, 1956.

  • THE EARLY DAYS OF WHEELER AND HAZELTINE CORPORATION - PROFILES IN RADIO AND ELECTRONICS, Harold Alden Wheeler, Hazeltine Corporation, 1982, 432pp.

  • COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER PRACTICES, Hazeltine Laboratories Staff, Dean (Ed.), Rider 1955, 200pp.

  • PRINCIPLES OF COLOR TELEVISION, by the Hazeltine Laboratories Staff, Edited by Knox McIlwain and Charles E. Dean, Wiley & Sons, 1956.

  • PRINCIPLES OF COLOR TELEVISION, A SERIES OF HAZELTINE ENGINEERING REPORTS, Edited by Knox McIlwain and Charles E. Dean, Hazeltine Corporation [Source material for Wiley & Sons, 1956 book] Gift from Harold Wheeler 821120 (Green loose binder holding following brown covered reports:)

    Report 7124: LIGHT AND PHOTOMETRY, Chapter 1, MARCH 19, 1952

    Report 7125: COLOR PERCEPTION, Chapter 2, APRIL 4, 1952

    Report 7127: COLOR SPACE AND COLOR TRIANGLES, Chapter 3, MAY 14, 1952

    Report 7128: COLORIMETRY, Chapter 4, JUNE 10, 1952

    Report 7131: COLOR IN A TELEVISION SYSTEM, Chapter 5, JULY 21, 1952

    Report 7135: REQUIRED INFORMATION CONTENT, Chapter 6, SEPT. 11, 1952

    Report 7142: ADDITIONAL PROPERTIES OF THE EYE, Chapter 7, APRIL 27, 1953

    Report 7143: THE CHOICE OF COLOR COMPONENTS Chapter 8, JUNE 5, 1953 AND THEIR INTERLEAVING IN THE COMPOSITE SIGNAL

    Report 7144: PRODUCTION OF COMPOSITE COLOR Chapter 9, JUNE 29, 1953 SIGNAL

    Report 7150: SYNCHRONIZATION, Chapter 10, FEB. 5, 1954

    Report 7158: NONLINEAR AMPLITUDE RELATIONS Chapter 11, AUG. 19, 1954 AND GAMMA CORRECTION

    Report 7159: THE COLOR TELEVISION STANDARDS OF Chapter 12, SEPT. 28, 1954 THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

    Report 7161: EQUIPMENT FOR PRODUCING THE Chapter 13, NOV. 18, 1954 TRANSMITTED SIGNAL

    Report 7163: COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVERS, Chapter 14, JAN. 7, 1955

    Report 7169: DECODERS FOR THREE-GUN DISPLAYS, Chapter 15, APRIL 18, 1955

    Report 7174: DECODERS FOR ONE-GUN DISPLAYS, Chapter 16, JULY 13, 1955

    Report 7175: TEST AND MEASURING METHODS, Chapter 17, SEPT. 12, 1955

    Report 7176: GLOSSARY OF COLOR TELEVISION TERMS, Chapter 18, OCT. 5, 1955

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3.0 RADIO CORPORATION OF AMERICA

3.1 Blue Book Series: FCC Color Television Hearings, RCA Laboratories Division

  • Blue Book 1: A 15 by 20-INCH PROJECTION RECEIVER FOR THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM, 17pp. [photo, schematic, October 10, 1949 FCC Demo] October 20, 1949

  • Blue Book 2: SYNCHRONIZATION FOR COLOR DOT INTERLACE IN THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM [mods to TG-1 Sync Gen] October 31, 1949

  • Blue Book 3: A TWO-COLOR DIRECT-VIEW RECEIVER FOR THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM, 15pp. [photo, schematic, October 10, 1949 FCC Demo] November 9, 1949

  • Blue Book 4: AN EXPERIMENTAL UHF TELEVISION TUNER, 7pp. December 12, 1949

  • Blue Book 5: A THREE-COLOR DIRECT-VIEW RECEIVER FOR THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM, 16pp.[schematic, November 21-22, 1949 FCC Demo] January 9, 1950

  • Blue Book 6: AN EXPERIMENTAL DETERMINATION OF THE SIDEBAND DISTRIBUTION IN THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM, 5pp. January 17, 1950

  • Blue Book 7: A STUDY OF CO-CHANNEL AND ADJACENT CHANNEL INTERFERENCE OF TELEVISION SIGNALS, PART I, 16pp. January 17,1950

  • Blue Book 8: A STUDY OF CO-CHANNEL AND ADJACENT CHANNEL INTERFERENCE OF TELEVISION SIGNALS, PART II, 76pp. January 17,1950

  • Blue Book 9: AN EXPERIMENTAL UHF TELEVISION CONVERTER, 3pp. January 30, 1950

  • Blue Book 10: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN COLOR SYNCHRONIZATION IN THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM 11pp. [VIR, Burst on a Pedestal, schematic] February 8, 1950

  • Blue Book 11: COLORIMETRIC ANALYSIS OF RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM,19pp. February 15, 1950

  • Blue Book 12: A SIMPLIFIED RECEIVER FOR THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM, 9pp. [photo, schematic, February 23, 1950 FCC Demo]

  • Blue Book 13: GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF RECEIVERS FOR THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM WHICH EMPLOY THE RCA DIRECT-VIEW TRI-COLOR KINESCOPES, 4pp.[Single & Triple Gun Shadow Mask, April 6, 1950 FCC Demo] April 17, 1950

  • Blue Book 14: AN ANALYSIS OF THE SAMPLING PRINCIPLES OF THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM, 29pp. July 28, 1950

  • Blue Book 15: MIXED HIGHS IN SIMULTANEOUS COLOR TELEVISION, 10pp. July 28, 1950

3.2 Industry Service Laboratory Series (Licensee Bulletins): RCA Laboratories Division

  • INDEX, 1946-1956

  • LB-799 Red CIRCUIT DIAGRAM AND DESCRIPTION OF A RECEIVER SAMPLER FOR DOT-SEQUENTIAL COLOR TELEVISION, 7pp. August 18, 1950

  • LB-808 Red CHARACTERISTICS AND OPERATION OF AN RCA DEVELOPMENTAL TRI-GUN TRI-COLOR KINESCOPE, 11pp. [drive schematics, C-73293 CRT] December 5, 1950

  • LB-809 Red GEOMETRICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF AN RCA TRI-COLOR KINESCOPE, 7pp. December 5, 1950

  • LB-811 Red DEVELOPMENTAL TRI-COLOR KINESCOPE RECEIVERS FOR THE RCA COLOR TELEVISION SYSTEM, 10pp. [2 chassis Model 1, C-73293 CRT] December 5, 1950

  • LB-822 Grn MANUFACTURE OF AN RCA DEVELOPMENTAL THREE-GUN TRI-COLOR KINESCOPE, 14pp. [C73293] February 28, 1951

  • Blue Book: SYMPOSIUM ON RCA TRI-COLOR TELEVISION PICTURE TUBE June 19, 1951 [C-73293-C]

  • Gray Book: RCA DEVELOPMENTAL THREE-GUN TRI-COLOR KINESCOPE AND ASSOCIATED COMPONENTS (Subset of above)

  • LB-910 Orng CIRCUITS FOR RECEPTION OF NTSC (FEB. 2, 1953) COLOR TELEVISION SIGNALS, 12pp. April 24, 1953

  • LB-918 Red CIRCUIT DIAGRAM RCA DEVELOPMENTAL COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER [foldout schematic] July 23, 1953

  • LB-925 Red R.C.A. DEVELOPMENTAL COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER 97pp. [Model 4, glass C-73599 CRT] October 7, 1953

  • LB-925A Red Supplemental Information on R.C.A. DEVELOPMENTAL COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER 11pp. [Model 4, glass C-73599 CRT] December 9, 1953

  • LB-932 Red A COLORPLEXER FOR THE GENERATION OF COLOR TELEVISION SIGNALS IN CONFORMANCE WITH NTSC SPECIFICATIONS OF JULY 21, 1953 3+8pp. December 3, 1953

  • Blue Book: COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER MANUFACTURING CLINIC FOR RCA RECEIVING SET LICENSEES, RCA TELEVISION RECEIVER FACTORY, BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA 52pp.[CT-100 speeches] (2 copies) March 26,1954

  • White Book: Symposium and Demonstration of RCA 21-INCH COLOR TUBE, SIMPLIFIED COLOR RECEIVER CIRCUITRY, AND COLOR EQUALIZER For RCA Receiving Set and Receiving Tube Licensees, David Sarnoff Research Center, RCA Laboratories, Princeton, N.J. 46pp. [21AXP22, Licensee Receiver speeches] September 15th and 16th, 1954

  • LB-959 Red HIGH-LEVEL TRIODE COLOR DEMODULATOR 8pp.[schematic, CTC-4] September 16, 1954.

  • LB-960 Red A CONVERGENCE CIRCUIT FOR THE RCA DEVELOPMENTAL 21-INCH COLOR KINESCOPE 10pp.[schematic, CTC-4] September 16, 1954.

  • LB-962 Red A SIMPLIFIED HIGH-PERFORMANCE 21-INCH DEVELOPMENTAL COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER [24pp. + foldout schematic, C-73685D] (2 copies) September 16, 1954

  • LB-982 Red THE RCA MODEL 21CT662U 21-INCH COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER June 8, 1955. 19pp.[schematic, CTC-4]

  • LB-984 Red BIAS AND DRIVE CONSIDERATIONS FOR THREE-GUN COLOR KINESCOPES June 24, 1955. 15pp.

  • Blue Book: SYMPOSIUM ON THE NEW RCA SIMPLIFIED COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVERS (MODELS CTC-5 & CTC-5N) FOR RCA RECEIVING SET LICENSEES, Sheraton - Blackstone, Chicago, Illinois, 29pp.[speeches] April 16,1956 (2 copies)

  • LB-1026 Grn FOCUSING-GRILL COLOR KINESCOPES, 19pp. April 12, 1956.

  • LB-1043 Grn THE TRICOLOR VIDICON, A DEVELOPMENTAL CAMERA TUBE FOR COLOR TELEVISION 11pp.[Weimer] September 18, 1956.

  • LB-1044 Grn SIMULTANEOUS SIGNAL SEPARATION IN THE TRICOLOR VIDICON 10pp. September 18, 1956.

3.3 Industry Service Laboratory Series (Research Bulletins): RCA Laboratories Division

  • RB-98 HOME TELEVISION MAGNETIC-TAPE PLAYER 7pp. April 12, 1957

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4.0 COLUMBIA BROADCASTING SYSTEM

  • CBS COLOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL DATA COVERING: BASIC FEATURES, ADAPTION AND CONVERSION OF TELEVISION RECEIVERS February 5, 1951 [Blue Binder, 1/2" thick, Engineering Drawings and Schematics]

  • CBS COLOR INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL DATA COVERING: DUAL STANDARD AND COMPLETE COLOR RECEIVERS [BLACK Binder, 1/2" thick, Engineering Drawings and Schematics]

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5.0 TELEVISION - RECORDING

  • VIDEO TAPE RECORDING, Julian L. Bernstein, Rider 1960, 268pp.

  • ROUGH DRAFT OF THE INSTRUCTION MANUALS OF COLOR TELEVISION CONVERSION EQUIPMENT FOR AMPEX TAPE RECORDER, Radio Corporation of America, RCA Laboratories, David Sarnoff Research Center, Princeton, New Jersey, COMPANY CONFIDENTIAL, November 27, 1957.

  • IMAGING AND SOUND - TODAY AND TOMORROW 129TH SMPTE TECHNICAL CONFERENCE, PAPER SYNOPSIS. RESTORING THE FIRST TELEVISION SHOW PRODUCED ON COLOR VIDEO TAPE - " An Evening With Fred Astaire" , Edwin H. Reitan & Daniel Einstein, October 31, 1987

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6.0 TELEVISION - BIOGRAPHY

  • AND PART OF WHICH I WAS - RECOLLECTIONS OF A RESEARCH ENGINEER, George H. Brown, Angus Cupar 1979 revised 1982, 342pp. EXCELLENT

  • MAVERICK INVENTOR - MY TURBULENT YEARS AT CBS, Peter C. Goldmark, Saturday Review 1973, 278pp.

  • AS IT HAPPENED, A MEMOIR BY WILLIAM S. PALEY, Doubleday 1979, 418pp.

  • IN ALL HIS GLORY - THE LIFE OF WILLIAM S. PALEY, Sally Smith, Simon and Schuster 1990, 782pp.

  • DAVID SARNOFF - GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY Commemorating 50 Years of Service to Radio, Television, Electronics, Sept. 30, 1956 Waldorf-Astoria, N.Y.

  • THE GENERAL - DAVID SARNOFF AND THE RISE OF THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY, Kenneth Bilby, Harper and Row 1986, 326pp.

  • DAVID SARNOFF, LOOKING AHEAD [The Papers of David Sarnoff], McGraw-Hill 1968,312pp.

  • PIONEERING IN TELEVISION - prophecy and fulfillment, excerpts from speeches and statements by Brigadier General David Sarnoff, Edition 1 (ca.46),98pp.; Edition 2 Dec. 46, 99pp. Radio Corporation of America, 30 Rock [Wolcott] (many pictures of RCA mechanical, early electronic, post war prototypes, and early color)

  • RCA, Robert Sobel, Stein & Day 1986, 282pp.

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