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Vintage History of Television and RCA
Television Development Film Collection

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This classic DVD is a collection of films highlighting the early history of the television. It includes television manufacturing at RCA showing RCA televisions and RCA remote controls back when televisions were still built in America, how TV actually works to get the signal from the television studio to the television, early production techniques and early automation in the form of remote controls and programmable timers for the TV. A fascinating look at the early history of television.

Here are all the films that make up this historical television history collection:

The Reasons Why (1959)


Explore RCA's New Jersey television manufacturing facility. See how RCA televisions were designed, manufactured and quality control inspected. A must see classic of the early history of the television.

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: 26:42

Magic in the Air (1941)

Go behind the scenes of Radio City and see how television gets from the studio to your television. The film gives an excellent overview of the history of American broadcasting as a key milestone in the history of television. It also shows the construction and operation of the iconoscope (the signal sender) and the kinescope (the signal receiver.)

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 7:58

Magic in the Air (1955)

Updated version of the 1941 version of this film (described above) covering a few more advancements that happened in television broadcast since that time. An excellent overview of how television advanced over those several years.

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 8:12

Radio and Television (1940)

This film is a promotion for people to come work in radio and television. It shows the various occupations in the industry at every skill level and how people can participate in these wonderful new communciation mediums. It is a fascinating snapshot of the history of American broadcastnig and radio broadcasting history.

Producer: Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc.
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 10:30

RCA Presentation: Television


See how television was first introduced to the American public in this film shoing the production studios of NBC, studios at Rockefeller Center and equipment being used that was manufactured by RCA to convert everything to television broadcast signals that could be enjoyed in the living room.

Producer: Radio Corporation of America (RCA)
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 9:03

Television Remote Control

See an early television remote control in operation. A model demonstrates how it works by watching a varitety of shows by flipping channels on the remote control and also changing color, focus, etc. all from the remote control. This is definitely a milestone in the history of television in America.

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: 5:46

The Story of Television (1956)


Shows how RCA developed an all electronic television and goes into the science of how a television works. The film shows how a picture tube is built, an early television station, steps taken to improve picture quality and reduce both the size and cost of the components that make up the television and an animated sequence of diagrams that show how a television camera converts live action to television signals.

Producer: Ganz (William J.) Co.
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black & White
Run time: 14:50

Television Tomorrow


Great film showing the earlier development and production of television, with good shots of the equipment that was used back then.

Producer: Unknown
Audio/Visual: sound, Black & White
Run time: 0:12:16

New Seven-Function Remote Control for Color (1959)

This film demonstates another early remote control for a television - in this case a 7 function remote control. There is no sound in this production so it is a silent film.

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Silent, Color
Run time: 3:24

Programmer with Magic Memory (1959)

This film demonstrates the earliest of programmable televisions and shows how a special device can automatically tune to preselected television shows. This is a silent film.

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Audio/Visual: Silent, Color
Run time: 4:00

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