Early Color Television
Surviving Early Color Set Database
This database includes all surviving early color sets we are aware of. If you have information on the location of any of any early color sets, please contact us. All information will be kept in confidence. With their consent, we will publish the owner's name here. Edited and Maintained by Ed Reitan and Steve McVoy. Contact either Ed or Steve with updates and comments. For more detailed information on early color sets, see Ed's site.
Field Sequential Sets/Monitors
Early NTSC Sets/Monitors
The following table shows prototype and first generation production sets made by U. S. manufacturers. [ ] indicates model number. ( ) indicates quantity reported but not verified.
FT (Field Test) means a receiver that was used in "Field Testing" of the NTSC Standards from late 1951 until May 1953. The NTSC submitted its petition after this testing to the FCC in July 1953.
PT (Prototype) is a set with a metal-cone CRT, or with screw socket mountings, or with no engraved stamping on the chassis, or which would have been made in very small quantities, or has characteristics/circuit additions that would indicate it is an experimental/prototype set
All other sets were either sold to the public, or have characteristics that made it clear that the manufacturer had developed them to the point where they could be sold.
1) 200 units were manufactured for use by RCA distributors and NBC affiliates for demonstrations of the first coast-to-coast colorcast of the January 1, 1954 Tournament of Roses Parade. Here is a list of serial numbers from Pete Deksnis.
2) Approximately 4400 RCA CT-100s were made. Pete Deksnis reports that 38 of these sets are opertional. If you are an owner of a RCA CT-100, Pete would like to hear from you. Here is a list of serial numbers from Pete Deksnis.
3) Approximately 500 H840CK15s were made. For more on Westinghouse H840CK15 go to Marlin Mackley's site.
4) Preproduction prototype, with different HV section and extra chassis for color AFC.
5) One surviving set has a Hytron CRT.
6) See this page about "clone" CTC-4 sets
7) Probably made by Raytheon
8) Approximately 3000 RCA 21CT55s were made, using the a CTC-2 chassis similar to that used in the CT-100. Here is a list of serial numbers from Pete Deksnis.
9) Modified with 21 inch CRT
10) Has CT-100 chassis