For those of us that remember watching (1953-57), ‘Winky Dink’ was a Saturday morning show that we all loved. Host Jack Barry would draw on a glass plate and at home, we could draw the same picture on the screen with our “Magic Window”. At about the 2 minute mark, you’ll get to see the kit many of us had at home to draw along. A sheet of clingy plastic and crayons.
I suspect this experimental color camera is from around 1954. It is the predecessor to Marconi’s BD 848 which appeared around 1957 and was built along the lines of the RCA TK41. Around 1947 Marconi entered an agreement with RCA to build modified versions of the TK 30 which became the Mark I and Mark II.
Here’s a shot inside Universal’s special make up lab. The designer of the approved Gill-man was Disney animator Millicent Patrick, though her role was deliberately downplayed by makeup artist Bud Westmore, who for half a century would receive sole credit for the creature’s conception. Jack Kevan, who worked on The Wizard of Oz and made prosthetics for amputees during World War II, created the bodysuit, while Chris Mueller, Jr. sculpted the head.
This is a :43 second time lapse video of 2 cameras shooting a college basketball game between Western Kentucky University and Florida International University. Notice one of the cameras has a program monitor attached. Good idea. [fb_vid id=”10151275273449149″]Tonight’s time lapse from the beautiful US Century Bank Arena on Florida International University’s campus as WKU Athletics men’s basketball team take on the Panthers.
The Marconi BD 848 Color Camera, Rare Video
In a recent conversation with Chuck Pharis, I discovered that RCA had sold Marconi the rights to make their own version of the TK30 which became the Marconi Mark I. I suspect they also sold them the rights to make a TK41 as well, which became the BD 848. In this rare video, you can see the 848 in action at one of the first color transmission tests at the BBC, January 31, 1957. A lot of the chat is a bit dry, but the cameras appear several times throughout this short clip. Even the insides look exactly like the TK41. Enjoy!
ULTRA RARE! ‘Your Show Of Shows’ Debut Day Schedule
One of America’s favorite shows debuted live on NBC, February 25, 1950. This is the “Day Sheet” from that broadcast showing how the day would lay out. The show was 90 minutes and aired at 9PM ending at 10:30PM, but notice that their day started at 9AM with a full dress rehearsal at 5PM. Starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, the show was produced by NBC’s Sylvester “Pat” Weaver and directed by Max Liebman who had been producing musical revues at the Taminant resort in the Poconos for many years prior. Caesar, Coca, and Liebman had worked on The Admiral Broadway Revue from January to June 1949 which was also an NBC show and possibly also came from The Majestic Theater (more on this below).
Wagon Train, My Favorite Martian, 20th Century, My Living Doll, Joey Bishop Show, Candid Camera, Profiles In Courage, Walt Disney Wonderful Of Color, Bill Dana Show, Bonanza, The Rouges, and more are remembered here is promo clips.
Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding began as radio announcers (Elliott a disc jockey, and Goulding a news reader) in Boston with their own separate programs on station WHDH-AM, and each would visit with the other while on the air. Their informal banter was so appealing that WHDH would call on them, as a team, to fill in when Red Sox baseball broadcasts were rained out. Elliott and Goulding (not yet known as Bob and Ray) would improvise comedy routines all afternoon, and joke around with studio musicians. Elliott and Goulding’s brand of humor caught on, and WHDH gave them their own weekday show in 1946. Matinee with Bob and Ray.
In the early 1950s, the two had their own 15-minute television series, entitled simply Bob & Ray. It began November 26, 1951 on NBC with Audrey Meadows as a cast regular. During the second season, the title changed to Club Embassy, and Cloris Leachman joined the cast as a regular, replacing Audrey Meadows who left the series to join the cast of The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS. Expanding to a half-hour for the summer of 1952 only, the series continued until September 28, 1953. Thanks to Tom Roche for the photo.
Landsberg was the director of experimental television station W6XYZ when it went on the air in 1942. Under his guidance, it became the first commercially licensed television station west of Mississippi when it became KTLA Television on January 22nd, 1947. Here is the story of how Klaus and KTLA televised an atomic bomb test live from the middle of nowhere with only a few days notice, told by our friend Richard Wirth.
On my annual pilgrimage to NAB this past April, I decided I would finally check out the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas. I’d driven past it many times in the past but never took the time to go in. During the tour, I was gratified to see they had included a small homage t…
From 1956, this camera used by the BBC is one of the oddest looking things I’ve ever seen. The metal lens hood covered the four turret lens with 3,4 8 and 12 inch Dallmeyer lenses. This is possibly a good idea for rainy days in the field, but not so much in the studio. The pickup tube was a 4.5″ Image Orthicon.
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.
June 26, 1956, The Today Show is live at the Sands Hotel’s 500 Club in Atlantic City. Jerry Lewis takes over a TK30 at around the 44:30 mark as Dean Martin sings. Although his camera work is clownish, don’t be fooled…he knows exactly what to do. Notice the RCA Electrazoom lens.
This is a true time capsule of the day, complete with news, weather and lots of entertaining guests. Garroway is on vacation and Fay Emerson is the guest host with Today regulars Jack Lescoulie and Frank Blair. Thanks to João Antonio Franz for sharing this link.
Many of you will recognize this photo as the masthead on the main EOAG site http://www.eyesofageneration.com/. Yesterday I got a note from the widow of Don Stewart who had seen the photo there. It was taken during a rehearsal of Perry Como’s show that originated at the Ziegfeld Theater. Here is what Dorothea wrote. “The cue card guy on the far left, was Don Stewart, who I was married to. Little did I know, growing up watching Perry Como, that one day I would meet and marry the guy that held the cue cards for Perry. Nice to see his picture, he is deceased now, but I heard all of his great stories of all the celebrities he worked with on all the shows he was involved with. Oh, for the good old days!”
This video of Sammy’s ‘Candy Man’ song is probably from around 1973 and appears to be from Europe…possibly Germany. The KCU 40 debuted in ’69 and was a 3 Plumbicon color camera from Bosch. Thanks to Juan Leal for the clip.
If This Stage Could Talk…Studio 50, The Ed Sullivan Theater
Ed Sullivan is center stage with ventriloquist Rickie Layne and Velvel at the Sunday afternoon rehearsal. In the background, Ed’s cameraman…George Moses with a TK11. I’m very happy that David Letterman is so appreciative of the theater’s history and has done such a great job as it’s steward. I hope to visit there this fall.
Included here are show intro clips from The Gail Storm Show, Donna Reed Show, Real McCoy’s, Pat Boone Show, Untouchables, Take A Good Look with Ernie Kovaks, To Tell The Truth, Betty Hutton Show, Johnny Ringo, Zane Grey Theater, Playhouse 90, Law Of The Plainsman, Bat Masterson, Johnny Staccato, Bachelor Father, The Ford Show with Tennessee Ernie Ford, You Bet Your Life, The Lawless Years and more. Enjoy!
1952…First Nation Wide Political Convention TV Coverage
Here’s an artists animation of the NBC set up. CBS and NBC went all out to televise the Democratic and Republican National Conventions which both came from The International Amphitheater in Chicago. The new transcontinental coaxial and microwave system was completed in 1951 and this would be the first coast to coast coverage of the conventions for TV. The term “anchor man” would be invented here and Walter Cronkite was the first.
In the post below you’ll see a clip with Dave Dorsett and Jerry Lewis, but Letteman has used Dorsett in many gags over the years…like this one! Dorsett was with Letterman from his first day at CBS but retired a couple of year ago after 40+ years on camera. Dave Dorsett was also Walter Cronkite’s favorite cameraman and went everywhere Walter went for the 10 or so years they worked together. As of late, Dave has been coming back to the Letterman show for short stints here and there.
Thanks to Mike Clark for sending this clip from a 1967 Jerry Lewis show. Just a little after the 16 minute mark, an NBC cameraman (actually an actor) is shown laughing at Lewis’ singing of “Witchcraft.” The camera guy is operating a TK-41 on a crane. Interestingly, a video almost exactly like this was posted here some time back but in that one, this same laugher was behind a pedestal mounted TK41 and the song in that clip was also “Witchcraft”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGQk-s8cKjc
Jerry Lewis Show. ep. 11 de 05-12-1967, com Frank Gorshin e The McGuire Sisters. Jerry Lewis tornou-se mais conhecido, através das suas aparições na Colgate …
In case you have never seen this feature, here it is. The Marconi Mark IV could be cranked up with the small crank on the lower front corner to give access to the Image Orthicon tube. Great camera and well engineered.
At 1:15 in on this promo video, there is a :60 second promo for NBC color programs shot at the Perry Como Show at the Ziegfeld Theater that shows the lighting director hard at work. The Huntley-Brinkley Report open is on here too. Enjoy!
Here’s LIFE Magazine photo spread from WBKB in Chicago in 1947. The camera is a Dumont and is being operated by a female. During WWII, this facility was on the air as an experimental station and many of the engineers and studio staff were women. There are plenty more WBKB photos too, just keep clicking on the related images to the right of the main photo on the page this link takes you to.
Unlike the RCA cameras, the Dumont Iconoscope cameras had electronic viewfinders which were side mounted. This called for more equipment at the camera and this is one configuration of how that was done. I suspect the larger box is the camera control unit and the smaller one, the power supply. These are mounted on simple rolling dollies with rear steering. The cameramen have their hand on the focus lever. These were probably 50 or 75mm lenses. Dumont was the only one to use the ball type pan heads. This photo was probably taken in Washington in the summer of 1945.
On May 19, 1945, DuMont opened experimental W3XWT in Washington, D.C. In 1947, W3XWT became WTTG.
Below is a photo of James Dean and Betsy Palmer in ‘Sentence of Death’ which aired on CBS, August 17, 1953 on Westinghouse Studio One (Season 5, Episode 46).
The camera is a Pye Mark II, Type 2014. This is the only photo I know of showing Pye cameras at CBS in New York. I think the Pye cameras replaced the Dumont cameras at Studios 53 to 56 in Liederkrantz Hall at 111 East 58th Street. I have a feeling that they were only used for a short time, possibly arriving in mid 1952, and then sold almost immediately after use on this broadcast. In late 1953 and early 1954, WJBF in Augusta, Georgia, WHA in Madison, Wisconsin and WVEC in Hampton, Virginia went on the air with these same camera models and all were started on a shoe string budget. I think they all came from CBS. These are the only 3 stations I know of that used the Pye camera and by coincidence, they all went on the air around the same time. I suspect CBS sold them to buy some RCA TK11s which came out in May of 52.
Below is a link to a video snip of the Studio One episode.