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Picture Tubes

Color Picture Tubes

CFT Grid Type Color CRT RCA's first automated production line for color CRTs
Color Maker Aids TV Thomas Electronics 15GP22 and Lawrence CRT
Intertel flat screen CRT  

* Indicates the tube is on display at the museum

1940-60

Baird Telechrome (1942-45)

Geer CRT (1949-52)

 

RCA C73275* (1951)

One gun developmental CRT

RCA C73293C* (1952)

Three gun developmental CRT

Chromatron (1952-54)

RCA 15GP22* (1954) Used in RCA CT-100 and other 15 inch color sets

CBS Hytron 15HP22 (1954)

CBS 205 Colortron* (19VP22) (1954)

Here are advertisements and a comparison to the 15GP22

DuMont rectangular tube (1954)

 

Zenith 21 inch rectangular (1954)

21AXP22 (1955)

CBS HD226* (1957). Early rectangular color tube

Westinghouse 22EP22. (1957) Used in Westinghouse H22T155.

RCA C736785* (1957?)

Philco Apple (1957)

RCA 21CYP22 (1959)

Unknown Date

RCA (?) Experimental Flat CRT *

Modern Tubes

W76 DOS 140* - World's shallowest color TV tube. This is the last prototype color tube made by Thomson (RCA) at their Lancaster, Pennsylvania plant. This tube has an impossible 140 degree deflection angle. In fact, engineers were never able to get it to converge properly.

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Cutaway of a 110 degree color CRT*. These items were donated by Thomson.