The Story of Color Television

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September 28th marks the 60th anniversary of color television hitting the mass market in America, and it's fun to look back to a time when a color screen was a really, really big deal. 

RCA created this history of television technology in 1956 to celebrate RCA's contributions. This segment on the arrival or color television explains the technological breakthrough, while waxing poetic about the beauty of color. 

The Atlantic Entertanment channel has posted a slideshow of Life magazine's vintage photos of people watching TV over the decades.

To watch this film in its entirety, visit the Prelinger Archive. 

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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