Broadcast on NBC-TV October 17, 1958

NBC inaugurated Colorcasting on November 22, 1953 with "The Colgate Comedy Hour" and shortly thereafter on January 1, 1954 with "The Tournament of Roses Parade," and was continually adding new color shows to their schedule through the 1950's and 60's. But there was no way of saving those early live color broadcasts in color other than a little-used, poor quality Kodak color film process called "lenticular film" (there is currently no way to recover color images from the "lenticular film" prints).

Prior to this 1958 broadcast, live TV shows were routinely preserved in monochrome either by film kinescope recording, or beginning in 1957, on black and white Video Tape. Ampex Corporation's monochrome Video Tape recording process had been used for the first time in 1956 for time zone delay of the Douglas Edwards CBS Evening News telecast. Color tape recording had begun on a limited basis just a few months prior to this1958 NBC colorcast. The oldest known color videotape is the May 1958 inauguration of NBC's Washington, D.C. color studios.

This is the second oldest surviving color videotape (also called TelevisionTape by RCA).

To learn about the restoration of this historic TelevisionTape recording click here

The first major color videotape recording
"An Evening With Fred Astaire"
NBC-TV - October, 1958
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color TV to watch the video
The oldest surviving Video Tape recording
"The Edsel Show"
CBS-TV - October 13, 1957
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Visit my Color Television Home Page

Learn more about the Color Television Revolution

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

See photos of NBC Color City Studios in Burbank, California in 1955

See photos of my TK- 41 color television camera

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 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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