The Story of Color Television

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. 

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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