Broadcast on NBC-TV October 17, 1958

For a few moments, let's go back in time...

It's a crisp fall evening, October 17, 1958...imagine you're an eight year old kid in Wichita, Kansas...Mom and Dad can't afford one of those expensive new color TV's yet, but your wealthy relatives just bought one. Family and friends have gathered around Uncle Warren's gorgeous new RCA color set to watch one of America's most beloved entertainers in his first NBC COLOR special!

You didn't know it at the time, but this was the first color show pre-recorded on Television Tape at NBC's new state-of-the-art "Color City" studios in Burbank, California. This program became of the most acclaimed broadcasts of the season in addition to winning numerous Emmy awards.

Shhhh, the station break is almost over and everyone stares in amazement at the gorgeous color picture on the screen....the show is about to begin!

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See excerpts of the oldest surviving black and white Video Tape - "The Edsel Show" - October, 1957

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See videos of the original NBC peacocks and ABC and CBS color presentation logos

See photos from my boyhood tour of KARD-TV in 1964

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Take a tour of KSTP-TV in 1962 and see my TK-41 camera in service when it was new

See an RCA 2" Color Television Tape Recorder

See TK-40/41 photos along with video clips of TK-41's at work in TV studios

See a video montage of an historic demonstration of the RCA compatible color system to the FCC

See an excellent 1953 RCA brochure about the development of Color Television

Watch the oldest surviving color videotape...the dedication of NBC's Washington, DC color studios in 1958

Watch An Evening With Fred Astaire the oldest surviving color videotape entertainment program (October 1958)

Read the fascinating story of the restoration of "An Evening with Fred Astaire"

Watch the oldest surviving videotape recording The Edsel Show - October 1957

Want to read more about early color television? Check out these links:

Read NPR's coverage of color TV's 50th anniversary

visit the late Ed Reitan's website - a very informative site about early color TV

visit Bobby Ellerbee's fascinating and compreshensive television history website Eyes Of A Generation

visit Chuck Pharis's site to see his collection of antique TV cameras and other early broadcast equipment

visit Barry Mishkind's website to see the RCA Television Equipment Archive

visit Steve Dichter's CT-100 website to see Steve's vintage color television page

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