RCA’s New Multiscreen TV Lets You Switch to Where the Action Is (Jun, 1970)

This reminds me of the TV sets that the President or James Bond had in movies. It really should be concealed behind some sort of rotating wet bar and make a melodic beeping noise when you press the button to reveal it.

RCA’s New Multiscreen TV Lets You Switch to Where the Action Is

With four black-and-white monitors and a 25-inch color screen, this television set of the future doesn’t miss a trick—or a channel

By ARTHUR FISHER / Group Editor, Science and Engineering

The strange television set you are looking at will probably have a lot to do with the kind of set you’ll be able to buy in the future, even though it is not for sale.

I first saw it in a top-secret room of an RCA plant in Indianapolis, Ind. There it sat, a 6 and a half foot long box of smoky Plexiglas wrapped around five TV screens and some mighty fancy electronics. It was being readied for a smash unveiling before a meeting of distributors, but not as an item they could ever offer to the public. Then why was it built?

Now TV Has a Memory (Jun, 1960)

Now TV Has a Memory

THIS multiple exposure photo shows how a new television camera tube “memorizes” what it sees.

To demonstrate it, the young woman stood before the TV camera for a split second, then walked around immediately to see her image frozen on the receiver screen.

Tiny “Tellies” (Feb, 1947)

Tiny “Tellies” were the centers of attraction at recent television shows on both sides of the Atlantic. The table model at right, below, was displayed at an exhibition in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The set is encased in Lucite to permit an interior view. The receiver below was featured at a British show in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

TELEVISION Now Gives Radio Eyes and Ears (Aug, 1930)

I love the idea that army spotters in patrolling airplanes will fax in hand drawn maps of the enemy positions they find.

TELEVISION Now Gives Radio Eyes and Ears

TWO way television, whereby two persons at opposite ends of a radio circuit may see images of each other as they talk, has finally become a practical working reality.

Before a group of skeptical witnesses the practical application of television was recently demonstrated by engineers of the American Telegraph and Telephone Company at their laboratories in New York City.

Although television is as yet outside the limits of commercial exploitation and cannot be used in homes as are broadcast receivers, the engineers are confident that this new radio development will be as popular within the next three years as is broadcast music now.

Color Television Comes True (Feb, 1947)

Color Television Comes True

All-electronic color television has been achieved— no rotating disks, no flicker. You’ll be seeing it!


THE magic of the electron tube has been tapped again by modern Aladdins at RCA laboratories, and out comes television in color. It is all-electronic color, for the first time; no mechanical whirling gadgets to “mix” the colors. The studio scene is broken up into the three primary colors of light, red, blue and green. The signal—which means the picture—is transmitted through the air in three separate channels. At the receiving end the three incoming pictures are thrown simultaneously on a screen, producing full color again.

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Oct, 1952)

Wow, I had no idea that Riches department store in Atlanta GA. beat the Home Shopping Network to the punch by over 30 years. Oh and black-face is just plain scary.

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

When television really starts rolling, modern electronic miracles will enable it to play a major role in every phase of your life in addition to providing your home entertainment.

By Henry M. Lewis, Jr.

LUCILLE Ball, Arthur Godfrey and Uncle Miltie may have been hogging the TV spotlight but a new type of program is just around the corner.

The same brains that were responsible for television’s becoming your master in your own home now are working night and day to make it your servant everywhere else. Even now it has begun to work for you in your office, farm, factory, classroom, bank, super-market, department store, neighborhood theater and a whole host of other places too numerous to mention. Why, it’ll even work for you in a traffic jam!

Let’s take a look at tomorrow. You’re going shopping and your route takes you through a vehicular tunnel under a broad river. There has been a smashup before you reach the tunnel, but traffic doesn’t choke up either entrance. A squad car, wrecker and ambulance are on the scene. How? Because a dispatcher at police headquarters saw the accident on a television set.

60 Television Tubes an Hour (Jan, 1948)

60 Television Tubes an Hour

They’re being made faster and cheaper now.

TELEVISION for everybody comes a step closer with the development of mass-produced picture tubes, the heart—and one of the most expensive components—of video receivers. RCA’s new plant in Lancaster, Pa., is already set up to turn out one of the big cathode-ray tubes every minute, and at a price that may reduce the cost of small television sets.

These tubes are lineal descendants of the ordinary neon sign, or gas-discharge tube. About 80 years ago the British physicist Crookes pumped all the gas out of a discharge tube and found that the light inside the tube disappeared, but the end of the tube itself began to glow! His interest aroused by this effect, Crookes proved that it was caused by a stream of extremely small charged particles coming from the negative electrode in the tube.

New TV System Turns Night into Day (Apr, 1956)

New TV System Turns Night into Day

TELEVISED by the glow of a single cigarette, the picture above demonstrates the light sensitivity of a closed-circuit television that is said to amplify light up to 40,000 times.

The new video system, known as the Lumicon, may vastly expand the vision of doctors, astronomers, industrial inspectors, and researchers in many other fields. Complete camera and monitor outfits are scheduled for production by the Friez Instrument Division, Bendix Aviation Corp.

His Vision Made Television (Nov, 1940)

His Vision Made Television

The True Story of a Boy Who Had a Big Idea and Followed It Through to Final Success


HE only trouble with Philo T. Farnsworth’s story is that it is out of time. It belongs to another day. It ought to be a hoary legend now and it’s just twenty years old and still in the making.

It has everything the school teachers love —boyhood on a farm, the dreamy inventor, the years of struggle, success. It’s the story of television and it all took place when folks whose names slip the mind for the moment did a lot of shouting about the frontiers being gone.

Farnsworth dreamed of television without moving parts when he was thirteen; a year later, still in high school, he invented some of the basic parts of electronic television. In 1927, when he was twenty, he took out his first patent, on an entire television system—not just one part—and Donald K. Lippincott, the radio engineer, called him “one of the ten greatest mathematical wizards of the day.”

For the ’80’s: a decade of wonders in home electronics (Nov, 1981)

For the ’80’s: a decade of wonders in home electronics

Look for 3-D TV, hand-held VCR-cameras, giant-screen TV, and noiseless discs


Video. That word and its companion hardware dominated three home-electronics shows I attended this year. Exhibits brimmed with new videotape and videodisc machines, computerized TV games, accessories, mammoth earth-station antennas, an umbrella-size direct-broadcast-satellite antenna, and more.

Giant-screen TV, the most dramatic video eye-catcher, was everywhere, too, as the leaders in color TV finally entered the field: RCA showed its Hitachi-built front-projection console, and Zenith unveiled its pop-up screen, rear-projection console IPS, Aug.].