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2010 Early Television Convention

The 2010 Early Television Convention was held on Friday, April 23, Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25 at the Early Television Museum in Hilliard, Ohio. The buffet lunch, presentations, and banquet were at the Makoy Center, a conference facility about 2 blocks from the museum.

Attendance was about 105 collectors, slightly higher than last year. We will post a report on the convenion soon. The most exciting news was the demonstration of a successful rebuild of a 15GP22 by RACS of France.

Thanks to the following people for all their help (please forgive me if I forgot anyone):

  • Publicity: John Pickney
  • Auction setup: Chuck Azzalina, Darryl Hock
  • Videotaping and streaming: Dave Sica, Mark Patoray
  • Auction help: Chuck Azzalina, Darryl Hock, John Tyminski
  • Auctioneer: Don Saltzman
  • Makoy Center setup: Dave Sica, Mark Patoray, Darryl Hock
  • PC operation at Makoy: Darryl Hock
  • MC at presentations: Don Saltzman
  • Collecting donations: John Folsom
  • Setup of color sets: Pete Deksnis, Steve Kissinger
  • Color wheel sets: Cliff Benham
  • Bringing things from the Sarnoff Library: Dave Sica, John Tyminski
  • Loan of video projector and sound system: Ron Steinberg
  • Bringing projector and sound system to the Convention: Bob Galanter
  • Photography: Wayne Bretl
  • All sorts of things: Larry McIntyre


Wayne Bretl's Pictures
David Carlstrom's Pictures
Steve Dichter's Pictures
Matt Patoray's Pictures

Report by Richard Diehl

Here is a list of the presentations:


Arrival of Home Video Tape, 1956 to 1976 Richard Diehl
Selecting Modern Filters for Color Wheel Displays Cliff Benham
Rebuilding the 15GP22 John Folsom and Bob Galanter
RACS Progress in Rebuilding the 15GP22 Jerome Halphen
The WGSF Mobile Production Van Leland Hubbell


A successfully restored 15GP22 in a CT-100 chassis brought by Pete Deksnis was displayed.
John Folsom displayed flybacks he has made for early color sets.
Julian Burke displayed his 1955 DuMont Electronicam (serial #1). There were only 3 sold and the only customer was Jackie Gleason Enterprises.
Geoff Bourne displayed his 1939 RCA studio camera
John Folsom displayed his Mitsubishi 6CT-338 Triniscope
Cliff Benham displayed his 'no-wheel' CBS tri-color CRT set with some new additions that allow it to display both CBS color and two-color sequential images and a Butterfield "color" camera and a small B&W monitor for it.
Dave Abramson displayed his Indextron tube sets.

Here is the schedule:

Events in gray were at the museum. Those in green were at the Makoy Center

Friday, April 23


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meet other collectors at the museum. Beer, wine, soft drinks.

Saturday, April 24

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Swap Meet setup

8:30 am – 11:00 am

Registration and Swap Meet

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Silent Auction

10:00 am - 11:45 am

Live Auction

12:00 noon  – 12:30 pm   

Buffet Lunch

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm  


2:45 pm – 3:15 pm


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm 


4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors

About 5:30 pm Silent Auction closes

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Sunday, April 25

10:00 am – 3:00 pm    

Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors. Demonstration of sets in the Museum’s collection.

11:00 am - 12 noon

Meeting of those interested in establishing a CRT rebuilding operation at the museum

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Panel Discussion - Recollections of the WGSF mobile van