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Early Color Television

RCA 78 RPM Record of Compatible Color Demonstration

RCA presented a series of demonstrations of their compatible color television system to the Federal Communications Commission between 1950 and 1953. This record may have been made as part of a July 31, 1950 presentation to the FCC. However, the whimsical tone of the record, the fact that it sounds like it was made in a studio rather than at a hearing, and a reference on side two to a presentation at the British embassy indicates another purpose. 

In earlier demonstrations to the FCC, the RCA color system required a special filter be placed in front of the TV set to obtain proper color rendition. But this important 7/31/50 demonstration was the first to show direct viewing of the color picture without the need for the impractical filter. (Information courtesy of Kris Trexler and Alex Magoun)

Side 1

Side 2