RCA Red Book, “The Equipment”…Holy Grail Of Early Color Television History, Part 1 of 2

In 1953, RCA submitted 700 pages of documentation to the FCC as a “Petition For Approval of Color Standards for RCA Color Television System.”  Due to the bright red cover, it is generally referred to as “The Red Book,” and every detail you could possibly want to know about RCA’s color system is included.  I have extracted two segments of the original to make it easier to get to the information that we are most interested in…the equipment and the history.

This is The Equipment part, with 74 pages of detail on everything from the cameras to the new color mobile unit.  At the very end of this section, there is even a price list for each stage of going color. The presentation of this rare document would not be possible without the help of our friend David Gleason and his one of a kind resource site, http://www.americanradiohistory.com/  The full 700 page presentation is at this link:  http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Catalogs/RCA/RCA-FCC-Color-Proposal-1953.pdf

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