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Ed Reitan's Color Television History

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KTLA's 1955 Colorcast of The Tournament of Roses Parade (clipping of Variety Review)

CBS Color Television System Programming (1951) (added licensed Time-Life photo)

CBS Color Television System Chronology - a "Magnum Opus"

RCA Models using the CTC-10 Chassis has been added to the Receiver Gallery

The Color Pioneers - Local Stations with Early Live Color Capability

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The Following Program is Brought to You

in Living Color by

Edwin Howard Reitan, Jr.

[the web site for the history of early color television]

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Feature Attractions:

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Rose Parade

The Day a Black and White World, Changed into Living Color
January 1, 1954

CBS Color TP

CBS Field Sequential Color System
CBS Chronology
RCA Dot Sequential Color System


The Progress of the National Television System Committee (NTSC)


Color Television Camera Development

CBS Bloodshot Eye

Early Color Television Studio Facilities

1940's RCA camera logo

RCA-NBC Firsts in Color Television
- a Chronology


RCA Labs Developmental Color Television Receivers


RCA Camden Developmental Receivers


Early Field Test, Prototype, and Commercial Color Receivers

CTC-9 Kenbridge

Color Receiver Gallery
The First Five Eight Years of RCA Victor Color Receivers

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Coming Attractions:

  • The Day a Colorful World, Turned Crystal Clear - October 29, 1998, The First Coast to Coast HDTV Network Telecast, as seen at KTLA
  • CBS Field-Sequential Camera and Receiver Development
  • RCA Labs Simultaneous and Dot Sequential Color System Development, (detailed)
  • RCA Labs Developmental Color Television Receivers, (detailed)
  • CTI Line-Sequential Color System
  • The 1949-1950 FCC Hearings on Color Television
  • The Progress of the National Television System Committee (NTSC), (detailed)
  • Color CRT Development - RCA, CBS Colortron, Philco Apple, GE Focus Grill, Lawrence Chromatron
  • Early NBC Color Kinescope Recording
  • RCA's Pioneering Development of Color Video Tape Recording
  • Restoring the Earliest Surviving Color Video Tapes - "An Evening with Fred Astaire " (October 17, 1958) and Eisenhower's Dedication of WRC-TV, Washington (May 22, 1958)
  • Preserving the History of Television at UCLA - The Collection of Television Technology and Design (- a reprint of my IEEE paper)
  • All text within this site is Copyright 1997-2002, 2004-2006 by E.H. Reitan, Jr.
  • All logos and photographs herein are trademarked/copyrighted with their respective corporations/owners, and are used herein for demonstration purposes only.
  • This site is maintained by Ed Reitan. This site is work in progress and an excerpted version of what was planned as a future paper book version. The book was to have extensive full-color photographs and technical information on each topic.
  • However, I have had no great number of publishers offering large $$$ advances breaking down my door. Instead, I may offer a CDROM which has the additional coverage and hi-resolution photos. I would like your opinions of the interest in such an approach. Please contact the author at the email address above.

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