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Ever seen my camera collection?

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Ever seen my camera collection?

In case you have never have, I’m re posting this story from Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, WXIA. It’s from a couple of years back, and there are more cameras now but this is still fun. Enjoy!

Vintage TV Camera collector, Bobby Ellerbee is featured on an Atlanta news station. The news piece covers Mr. Ellerbee’s extensive collection of television c…
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Jerry Lewis: Video Assist Pioneer

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Jerry Lewis: Innovator Extraordinaire

Jerry is responsible for bringing video assist to film making. In 1965, Sony built for him “Jerry’s Noisy Toy”…a 6 or 7 foot rolling rack with video tape, audio tape, turntable and more all built into this one mobile console. They could know on the spot if they had what was needed for each scene. In the video below, at the 3:00 minute mark, you can see a minute or two of the ‘toy’ in action. This unique Lewis creation forever changed the way movies were made. Thanks Jerry! For Everything!

Jerry Lewis Janet Leigh 1966 behind the scenes featurette “Man in Motion”
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A Rare Treat and Real History! The Gray Telop Machine

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A Rare Treat and Real History! Take a look and tell your friends. If you can add to our understanding of this, please do!


Just added (June 2) 6 more rare Telop images from the late 50s.

Before slides were introduced into the Telecine chains, there was the Grey Telop machine. I think slides and slide drums came on the scene around 1955, but before that, there was only this method for displaying still art without using a studio camera. The Grey Telop was used to project images of opaque cards into a camera. The operator had to manually push a holder with 5 or 6 cards into place and pull the lever to make a light bulb inside reflect off a mirror and into a camera.

Thanks to Gady Reinhold, we are able to see the Grey Telop machine and some of the actual cards that were shown on the air from his collection. More details with the photos.
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MLB Productions Tour Of Their New Studios

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MLB Productions Tour

Here’s an inside look at Major League Baseball Network’s new production center.

In this episode of MediabistroTV’s “Cubes,” we tour the headquarters of MLB Network. The impressive space, which is also home to MLB Productions, features mu…
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Back Stage on “The Price Is Right”

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Back Stage on “The Price Is Right”

Now this is interesting…we have Noreclo PC70s at Television City in 1982. I think the next cameras there were Ikegami HK312s. This piece is from a local morning show somewhere called ‘2 On The Town’. Enjoy.


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Here’s Dick Clark interviewed for the Emmy’s TV Legends Series.

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Here’s Dick Clark interviewed for the Emmy’s TV Legends Series. This starts with how and when he got into the business and the origins of American Bandstand comes at 16:00. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TR7C4__nY3I#!

See the full interview at http://emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/dick-clark Dick Clark was interviewed for one-and-a-half hours in Burbank, CA. Clark sp…
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Sullivan History With Director John Moffitt

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Happy Easter! For Sullivan Fans, here the pize egg…

John Moffitt worked as a production assistant and later assistant director on Sullivan for many years. In this interview segment, he covers a lot of ground that’s fun to hear.

Streisand @ 11:00, the Bing Crosby vocal flub that Art Shine fixed @ 14:00, cameras @ 16:45, color @ 18:50 and The Beatles @ 25:13. Good stuff. Enjoy.

Full interview at: http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/john-moffitt
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The Match Game Camera VS Gene Rayburn

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Just For FUN!
The Match Game Camera VS Gene Rayburn

If this upload works right, you’ll get 4 videos that show the Norelco PC 70s at Television City at work on The Match Game. Gene liked to mess with them as you’ll see here. Thanks to Juan Leal in San Diego for these clips. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CxJoOuOrC4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4sstVvTaHs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1FDyV8kYSE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=521LxMLqK28
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BBC Version Of RCA TK41…Marconi BD 848 Video

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How Very Interesting!

Here is something very rare! At just over 2:20 in, the BBC’s version of the RCA TK40/41, the Marconi BD 848 color cameras appear on the screen. One has a viewfinder, one doesn’t but you rarely see these in action.

The whole piece is great and shows lots of ‘new’ developments like turrets, zoom lenses and more. There’s a look inside an ‘old’ Iconoscope camera and a lot of different cameras I’ve never seen before. I think the only Marconi cameras are the color cameras and the rest seem to be EMI cameras. The one with the fixed metal lenses is the EMI 10678 with ‘permanent lens hoods’. Great reference info at Brian Summers site, tvcameramuseum.org.

A Panorama programme from June 1956, with Richard Dimbleby, showing a behind the scenes view of technological advances in BBC Television. Showing the studios…
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Keeping The Cameramen In NBC Studio 6B On Their Toes!

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Keeping the cameramen in Studio 6B on their toes, here’s Chris Farley on Conan from the New York days. Check out the last 40 seconds or so and notice that they (like SNL) are using a sound boom here too. Thanks to ABC camera veteran Howie Zeideman for sharing.

By God… 99.9er% of this video was made possible by the user XposeTruth. Watch the original here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuKyve4_ft4
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JUST ADDED TO THE COLLECTION!

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JUST ADDED TO THE COLLECTION!

I’m happy to share these first pictures of an Ikegami 377 that I have just added to my collection. There are a few more photos below in the new album.

The green CBS logos are added as a tribute to 46 year CBS veteran cameraman Dave Dorsett who retired from the David Letterman show in December. Each camera on that stage has a different colored CBS logo and this was Dave’s color. (You can see videos of him further down the page.)

This camera is one of two 377s I have. Both began service at Turner Broadcasting and later were donated to WPBA in Atlanta and were recently retired. My thanks to WPBA for these cameras and for helping me round out the collection to include some of the more recent studio sized, hard bodied cameras.


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Water Cooled Studio Lighting…1944

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Water Cooled Studio Lighting…1944

Recently a few discussion questions have popped up…one of them on the GE Mercury Vapor studio lights that were water cooled. Yes, it sounds a bit crazy, but they had them and GE made them. Above is a page from the 1944 GE Catalog that can be found on the ARCIHIVES page of Eyes Of A Generation. There is a lot of other interesting information there too.


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Finally…A HOT CAMERA At My House!

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Finally…A HOT CAMERA! I’m quite happy to finally have a working camera in my collection. This is a Sony BVP 370, the first Sony chip camera and it came from WXIA/WATL in Atlanta complete with rack and monitor. In the video I call it a 360 tube camera, but found out just after I did this that it was the 370.

The rack controls 3 BVP 360 hard body cameras and one handheld. I have all 3 hard bodied cameras and am quite greatful to many people for all their help in obtaining, transporting and set up including Gary C, Joe L, Gary L, John M and Cliff C. One slip in my narration…Pat Weaver was the first president of NBC TV, not RCA TV.[fb_vid id=”2599677357357″]
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Sammy Davis Opens In Front Of Crane Mounted TK41

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Interesting! Sammy opens the show in front of a crane mounted TK41. If you look closely, you see the teleprompter moving on the camera behind him too. Back then, all that had to sync up with cables. Given the people involved, I suspect this if from Burbank. I love the Voice Overs at the end…you may too so be sure to listen. Memories!

from April 22, 1966. thanks to fromthesidelines and wmbrown6 for the great comments and info on this clip.
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True Rarity..The Striped Banding On The RCA TK11/31s

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Two True Rarities…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv7zQWw6JOE

Rarity One…the striped banding on the RCA TK11/31s. This was fairly common on the TK10/30 at CBS and this was actually a quick grey scale adjustment for cameras. The TK11/31 handle in front of the grey bars diluted their purpose, so they quit using the bars on the TK11/31 cameras soon after this.

Rarity Two…this photo is from set up of the April 8, 1955 ‘Person To Person’, live interview with Marilyn Monroe from a home in Connecticut. The link above is the interview itself done by Edward R. Murrow, who was live in NYC.


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Water Cooled Studio Lights & Early Studio Shots, WRGB TV

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Now this is interesting. Although dated 1948, I suspect the RCA part was shot a couple of years earlier as that portion shows the rare RCA Orthicon camera and not the TK10/30 Image Orthicon camera that came out in ’46. The GE part shot at GE owned WRGB shows thier Iconiscope cameras in use and 2 of these same cameras are on display at the Schenectedy Museum and can be seen at the bottom of the GE page at my main site (link below) with different art work.

http://www.TVDAYS.com http://www.seagate.com Ira H. Gallen Video Resources 220 West 71st Street NYC 10023 (212) 724 – 7055 http://www.TVDAYS.com http://www.v…
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RCA TK41s At NBC Burbank Capture Holiday Color Treasure

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Thanks to the fabulous RCA TK41s and NBC Burbank crew, here are 2 GREAT back to back Andy Williams Christmas songs. Even as degraded as the online video is, look how brilliant the color and sharp the image! Remember, a lot of this is done with big HF cranes and sound booms flying every where. Notice in the second song, the wreath has to go over the big Varitol 5 lens and stay there till the end, when it tries to come back just a few seconds early for the final shot. Now THIS is REAL TV! Merry Christmas!


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The Team That Came Up With The RCA TK 11/31

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This is the team that came up with the RCA TK 11 – 31. Only known photo of the original engineering team with one of the first TK 11s at Camden plant. Photo from RCA Engineers Digest Nov 1952 donated by RCA Engineer Harry Wright.


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1987 Tour Of Television City

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Something fun on Television City. Short and sweet. Enjoy!

A feature on the history of, and some of the shows originating from CBS Television City.
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The 27 Element Zoomar Field Lens

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Here is the other lens donated to the Pavek Museum…a 27 element Zoomar long lens used at CBS Television City. Although Steve does not have the full history on these 2 great rarities, this one has the CBS markings, but it will be interesting to see where the Walker lens was used. Congratulations Steve!


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What A Find! Electra Zoom Prototype

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What A Find! Steve Raymer at The Pavek Museum in the Minneapolis area has received some lens donations and this one is a real treasure (1 of 2 photos). This is a very rare Walker Electra Zoom lens. Joe Walker worked with Frank Capra and made and designed special lenses to be used specifically on over 50 of Hollywood’s leading ladies. This is the first zoom lens. More to follow.


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Special Museums Keep ‘Tubes Lit’ in Yesterday’s TV Gear, by James E. O’Neal

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Hot off the presses! Here is the 3rd part of Jame O’Neal’s great series on collections and museums and this issue includes me! Enjoy and pass it along!

Special Museums Keep ‘Tubes Lit’ in Yesterday’s TV Gear, by James E. O’Neal

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—In researching this series of articles, I located several museums with broadcast-related television artifacts that weren’t
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The Vinten Heron Crane & History

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One more story on Vinten…the great Heron Crane. Take a look!

The Vinten Heron – Stories 5 | The Tech-ops History Site

The Vinten Heron was a camera crane built to a BBC spec in the early sixties. It was in regular use till the early eighties, and probably did a large part of its work on Top of the Pops. The first mark 1 version was very tricky to operate, especially for the tracker, as the hydraulic throttle went f…
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The Vinten Equipment Time Line

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Here’s the official Vinten Timeline on their creations for those of you, like me, that have wondered when what came out. FYI, the Mark III head came in ’58 and the Fulmar pedestal in ’74. Quite interesting…enjoy!

Vinten | Timeline | www.vinten.com

1910| 1920| 1930| 1940| 1950| 1960| 1970| 1980| 1990| 2000| {{MESSAGES}} TIMLINE 1910 1914 1915 1910 William Vinten began manufacturing Kinemacolor projectors for Charles Urban in 1909, and the following year the company was formally incorporated. Based
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The Rare Vinten Peregrine Crane

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Now this is interesting! Be sure and watch the 20 minute video of the Vinten Peregrine Crane at work in 1965. Vinten was just a little ahead of their time on this crane…only one or two ever made. Quite fascinating video…the pedestal camera and boom have to work furiously to keep out of the shot and out of the way. Great article on the linked page too!

Page 147

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Where Has All the Old TV Gear Gone? by James E. O’Neal

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Just like in the article below, James O’Neal has another great article on the old equipment and where it is now. Good stuff!

Where Has All the Old TV Gear Gone? (Hint: It’s Not in Landfills), by James E. O’Neal

In the first part of this story, I reported that the Museum of Broadcast Technology in Woonsocket, R.I. had restored to operating condition a fairly
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Keeping Early Television’s Legacy Alive, by James E. O’Neal

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So glad to see this story on the old equipment and museums! Glad my friends at the MBT in Boston are progressing! Great to see the Steve’s Ohio and Geoff’s W. Virginia museum and collections get some much deserved attention!

Keeping Early Television’s Legacy Alive, by James E. O’Neal

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—In this world of handheld HD, 3DTV origination, and flat screen displays, it’s easy to take television’s roots for granted. We’ve
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Museum Of Broadcast Technology Video Tour

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This is a short but sweet video from the Museum Of Broadcast Technology near Boston. Great look at a few of nearly 100 cameras that will be on display possibly by the end of this year.

Most of MBT’s cameras and 60+ VTRs will be operative. Tom Sprague, Paul Beck, Jay Ballard and Pete Fasciani have been working on this project for years and the dream is closer than ever to being realized.

Episode 5 of the “What labguy did on his spring break” series. We take a behind the curtain look at a museum that is not yet open to the public. See the came…
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THE NEW SITE IS UP! Enjoy! Bobby Ellerbee

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THE NEW SITE IS UP! Enjoy! Bobby Ellerbee
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Started on March 14, 2011

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Started on March 14, 2011

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