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Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Color Television

RCA Compatible Color (NTSC System)

In late 1953, the FCC adopted the RCA compatible system. The first color television sets for this system were sold in 1954. They used a 15 inch screen. Later that year, 19 inch sets were made, and by 1955 all sets were made with  a 21 inch picture tube. Several manufacturers made 15 and 19 inch sets, most in very small quantities.

Earliest color broadcasts using the RCA system RCA phono record - compatible color
Facts you should know about the RCA Compatible Color System NBC press releases - 1953
Magazine articles about the RCA system Time Magazine article
RCA color TV symposium