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Early Color Television

 Colordaptor Color TV Converter

The Colordaptor was introduced in 1956. Instructions for making it, and key parts, were available from the manufacturer, but most of the parts had to be supplied by the person making the converter. Here are advertisements, magazine articles and the manual. A factory assembled converter was made by Col-R-Tel. Another company, Airtronic, introduced a converter that was probably never manufactured. Here is an unusual device using the Colordaptor chassis and a humorous story about building one.

This one was made by Edward Hauff, a Columbus resident who was an engineer at WTVN, channel 6. Mr. Hauff's daughter Sharon remembers watching the set. At the time they were the only family in the neighborhood with color TV. It is mounted on a 12 inch receiver.

The Hauff family generously donated this set to the museum. We have restored it to working condition, and we have some pictures from it: