Monday

Remember This? Color TV

History is in black and white - or at least that's the way we perceive it these days; if you see a movie or TV show in black and white, you pretty much assume it's "old". That's generally true, although there are some startling exceptions. United States TV broadcasters first fiddled around with color broadcasting in the early fifties, with the 1954 Tournament of Roses Parade being the first nationally televised color event. The original black and white only National Television System Committee TV standard (NTSC) was modified in 1953 to allow color. However, the video below of President Eisenhower from 1958 is one of the earliest surviving videotape recordings of a color broadcast in the USA. Rather charmingly, it starts out in black and white (reminiscent of the sepia start to the 1939 Wizard of Oz), before shifting to color "at the press of this button".


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