Museum Hours:

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Color Television

Field Sequential Prototypes

Modern Replicas of Early Color Sets

Receivers and Monitors

Air King

7 inch

9 inch


1941 CBS prototypes

1946 CBS Prototype

1946 GE Prototype

1949 monitor used in the Smith, Kline & French medical television system

1949 Zenith made for the Smith, Kline & French medical television system

Zenith receiver, made for CBS broadcasts

   CBS RX-43 (1949)


DuMont 12 1/2 inch industrial monitor (1950)

DuMont industrial monitor as a receiver

Courtesy of Steve Dichter

DuMont 7 inch industrial monitor (1950)

Gray Research 1101 (1950) studio monitor

CBS 12CC2 (1951). The image on the screen was generated by the color bar generator made by the museum. 

Courtesy of Ed Reitan

10" CBS “Slave”/”Companion” (1951). Schematic

(Permission to use photo from Ed Reitan)

Industrial Color Television Monitor Console (1950) 

October, 1951 Radio Electronics

Courtesy of Steve Dichter



Drum receiver for the CBS field sequential system. The unit looks too crude to be a CBS prototype.

September, 1951 TV Technician magazine

CBS drum receiver, using 17 inch rectangular CRT, was demonstrated in December of 1950. The entire receiver was 34 inches high and 27 inches wide. The compactness of the receiver was accomplished by placing the CRT inside the drum. Here is a New York Times article, courtesy of Phil Dudley.


These devices converted black and white TV sets to display color pictures

CBS receiver with color attachment plug

Midway color converter

Courtesy of Steve Dichter

CBS "Personal Viewer" (1950)

Crosley Color Converter (1950)

CBS RX-40/41 (1950) Color Converter

Teletone Tele-Color

Webster-Chicago Converter

Courtesy of Steve Dichter



Allowed field sequential broadcasts to be viewed on black and white sets

Advertisements for adapters

Admiral adapter

Colortone adapter