Museum Hours:

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Color Television

Field Sequential Prototypes

Receivers and Monitors

Modern Replicas of Early Color Sets
Modern Field Sequential set - JVC JVC TM-L450TU


7 inch

9 inch


1941 CBS prototypes

CBS RX-28 (1945)

Hazeltine prototype

1946 CBS Prototype

1946 GE Prototype

1949 monitor used in the Smith, Kline & French medical television system

1949 Zenith made for the Smith, Kline & French medical television system

Zenith receiver, made for CBS broadcasts

   CBS RX-43 (1949)


DuMont 12 1/2 inch industrial monitor (1950)

DuMont industrial monitor as a receiver

Courtesy of Steve Dichter

DuMont 7 inch industrial monitor (1950)

Gray Research 1101 (1950) studio monitor

CBS 12CC2 (1951). The image on the screen was generated by the color bar generator made by the museum. 

Courtesy of Ed Reitan

CBS “Slave”/”Companion” (1951)

(Permission to use photo from Ed Reitan)

Industrial Color Television Monitor Console (1950) 

Air King (1951)

Japanese Field Sequential (1953)


Gom-Cam (50s)


Drum receiver for the CBS field sequential system. The unit looks too crude to be a CBS prototype.


September, 1951 TV Technician magazine

CBS drum receiver, using 17 inch rectangular CRT, was demonstrated in December of 1950. The entire receiver was 34 inches high and 27 inches wide. The compactness of the receiver was accomplished by placing the CRT inside the drum. Here is a New York Times article, courtesy of Phil Dudley.


Gon-Cam (Guillermo Gonzales Camarena - 1960s)


These devices converted black and white TV sets to display color pictures

Dietz Sales Co. color wheel
Singer color wheel


CBS "Personal Viewer" (1950)

Crosley Color Converter (1950)

CBS RX-40/41 (1950) Color Converter

Teletone Tele-Color

Webster-Chicago Converter

Courtesy of Steve Dichter

Zenith converter

Courtesy of Steve Dichter


Allowed field sequential broadcasts to be viewed on black and white sets

Advertising literature
Television Equipment Corp.


Admiral adapter

Colortone adapter