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As always we say "DON'T LET THE DINOSAURS DIE!!!!" - Since the switch to digital Television in June 2009 older SD analog equipment headed for the dumpsters, RCA goes back to the earliest days of the industry. A company made up to hold patents during the WWI years, afterwards it became an
equipment sales organization for GE & Westinghouse.
Television Equipment Cameras: Photo Year Photo Photo
Also Tom Sprague, Paul Beck, Jay Ballard, Chuck Pharis, KrisTrexler, Mark Nelson, and in 2010-11 to DOUG QUICK, for his photo history of the local TV stations across central Illinois.
From 2011 up to today John Kosinski, in Stamford, CT, has been a great help by researching & supplying new internet listings of RCA TV Cameras so they can be added to the Camera Model Pages.
A great number of photos in this update were supplied from Chuck Pharis' website. We weren't able to find individual credits for those so if you originally supplied one to him let
us know & we will list your name on it. The entire Broadcasting Industry will be eternally greatful for the original creator and Editor-In-Chief of the RCA Broadcast News, If you have any old photos of your RCA equipment that operated at your TV facility which you would like to have in our Virtual Museum, please send them along and we will add them to this page. Chuck Pharis, former senior video engineer at ABC-TV Hollywood , now living in Turtletown, TN, has been
collecting old TV Cameras for years and restores them. He has collected
virtually ever model of the RCA Live cameras. You can see them at http://www.pharis-video.com/ The latest Collector is Bobby Ellerbee in Winder, Georgia who started collecting TV cameras a few years ago, when he lived in Athens, GA, and now has the website
Eyes of A Generation. By direct contact with many TV Organizations, Collectors and early TV pioneers he
has a huge array of "Behind the Scenes" photos of Classic Network TV programs. WXIA-TV Tour of His Collection
In 2017 another RCA History link has been added The "Rowan University RCA HERITAGE MUSEUM". Transcripts & Interviews videotaped by RCA
Retirees from New Jersey as their personal records of how the VTMC/Radio Corporation of America/RCA Corp. impacted the State of New Jersey and development of the worldwide Electronics Industry.
Finally we would like to thank the Camden County Historical Museum who has uncrated this treasure and, on November 8, 2009, put on display their Nipper Stained Glass Window,
one of the 4 original windows in the Bldg. 17 Tower. It was 93 years old, Others were provided to the U. of Penna, The Smithsonian in D.C.. in 1979 when the company created the new company logo.
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This RCA TV Equipment Section of Oldradio strives to preserve the visual history of television broadcasting's Pioneer Manufacturer, the RCA Broadcast Division, Camden,NJ.
This website displays old backstage photos found in trade magazines, TV station & personal files, and now videos being posted on the Internet.
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yet today, some things are still in barns, warehouses, storage lockers, etc:.Individual TV equipment collectors & Museums would like to get these.
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Under the leadership of David Sarnoff it became an independent corporation and grew to become one of the most dominant manufacturers of Radio and TV broadcast equipment!
The Broadcast Equipment Division Headquarters and Manufacturing Operations were located at the original RCA Victor site in Camden, NJ, formerly the Victor Talking Machine Company.
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Early RCA Cameras NBC's First TV Star
World Fair - 1939 Mobile Unit - May 1939 Baseball
"1940 Iconoscope Camera Demonstration Kit" - at the 1946 Iowa State Fair
Early NBC Production - - with 500A Icon camera
THE FIRST HONEYMOONERS
RCA/NBC First TV Broadcast - July 7, 1936 (22:15 min) - PART 2 - ( 22:15 )
discussing the Future of Television
HOW RCA DEVELOPED PRODUCT NOMENCLATURE
TK-10 - 3" I/O studio camera - First to use the large Image Orthicon Tube (I/O)
Photos TK-10s in TV Facilities
as a Field Camera using an RCA TD-11A Tripod
or in studio with the TD-11A mounted on the RCA TD-15A Tripod Dolly
REMOTE TRUCK - CAMERA CONFIGURATION - TRUCK
Photos TK-30s in TV Facilities
Walkie-Lookie - New miniature wireless vidicon camera designed for coverage of the 1952 Political Conventions. - (Earlier Army Version)
Another wireless portable camera was built for the 1956 conventions,
A third version, called ULTRA CAM - at the 1964 Conventions
and another also named ULTRA-CAM at the 1968 Conventions
This camera had been developed at RCA Astro-Electronics Division in 1967
to be a future COLOR TV Moon camera when we would land on the moon.
- New camera designed for both Studio &
RCA promotional literature stated "..used indoors, designated TK-11, outdoors designated TK-31 when using a Mobile Unit's CCUs..." - Interior View
TK-11's Design Team - (The camera could also be used with TK-10/30 CCUs)
Promoted at the 1960 NAB, the TK-12 was RCA's
first new camera design in 8 years. - TK-12 in RCA B/C News
It had what would become the "RCA New Look"
blue color for all their TV equipment. Electronically it used the new 4.5" IO tube. - (Photo: AT WKZO-TV & BTV-6 Aus.)
It was restyled at the 1961 NAB with a top tally light, updated again in 1963 to become the TK-60
TK-14 - (Internal View) -
No introductory story for the TK-14, appears in 1958-59 B/C
News. A photo-article in the August 1967 Issue about the US Army Signal Corp TV Maintenance Training Center at Ft.
Monmouth, NJ imply that is when they were purchased. Note the
design looks like a TK-11 with a viewfinder Tally Light similar to the one that would be used on the TK-12.
Photos: - KUSD-TV - KHJ - Hollywood - WGHP-TV - WHKY-TV
Later version vidicon released as TK-35
Photos TK-35s in TV Facilities
- 4.5" IO studio camera -
Using updated electronic, restyled as RCA's "New Look" B/W studio camera.
Photos TK-60s in TV Facilities
B&W live camera designed for field usage as the counterpart to the TK-60. Its viewfinder could be removed like the TK-11 had
been. A cameraman could carry the "horizontal format" camera head, suitcase style.
Cameras -I/O Tubes - Black Colored Engineering
Prototype live color camera, nicknamed "The Coffin
Other live color camera versions were also being developed at this time.:
Early Color Camera Photos .
Apr. - July 1954
After testing at the Colonial Theater & RCA Exhibition Hall
These TV programs were produced to show that RCA's color system was compatible with the current B/W TV Broadcasts and would not require the industry to change to a new standard for color telecasting..
Jan. 1954 RCA Electrical Engineer John Wentworth wrote the article
"Requirements for Compatible Color Television Systems"
published in the RCA Broadcast News #77, Jan/Feb 1954
(John later wrote the world's first textbook on color television electronics.)
RCA Camden Assembly-Line begins in 1954
The first Local TV Stations deliveries were WKY-TV -WBAP-TV- WTMJ-TV
1954 - 1965
Finalized design reduced large number of tubes required in the controls. -
- Prototype 4 tube Color (1-I/O, 3-Vidicons) "M" tube
technology shown at the 1962 NAB. Engineering Model -
1964 Shown on RCA ENGINEER MAGAZINE
- 4 tube Color (1-IO, 3-Vidicons), internal zoom lenses. (Internal View) - RCA Engineering Lab - AT the NAB SHOW
- (TK-42 Advertisement) -
(Big Tube Ad) - (Another) - First 60 units delivered in 1965. TK-42 at NAB 1966 - First 100 by Oct. 1966 - 200 by December 1966
- Same electronic design as the TK-42,
but with an external zoom lens, allowing use of various sizes.
Camden Assy Line - Studio - Medical - On Remote - NBC Election Coverage
400 TK42/43s were delivered by NAB 1967
Photos: TK-42/43s In TV Operations
(3 in. Isocon Large Luminance Tube + 3 chroma tubes) - The "Isocon" model TK-44 was the
prototype shown at the 1967 NAB. -
TK-44 Camera Show Camera Show Display - Lens System Diagram
RCA's Camden HQ Building-2's first floor remodeled into TV customers Technical Training center.
Photos in 1978: - Bldg. 2 Exterior - Class Room - TCP-1624 Display
and CEO Robert W. Sarnoff shows new RCA
Corp. Logos. "...company is no longer to be called
RADIO CORP... and there is no more Nipper." (Until 1979 -
RCA makes him their trademark again due to general public
sentiment. In Camden, Nipper returned to Bldg.
17 - (The Story)
(3 Plumbicon) - (Left View) - (Right View) - (MORE VIEWS)
Serial Numbers 1 to 4 went to WBAP- Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
The TK-44B model was introduced the 1971 NAB. New features included Bias Light, RGB coring, & Scene Contrast Compression.
TK-44 Engineering Lab - Brochure - NAB 1969 - Assy Line
Photos:TK-44As in TV Facilities
- Color Camera used on medical operations. Designed like a very
large TK-11, it was ceiling mounted for overhead views. It featured a remote controlled lens turret & focusing.
Photos: Walter Reed Army Medical Center - Televised Operation(1957) - Walter Reed Installation Photo - U. of Michigan & SAC Weather .
One was also loaned to the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry
for a Color TV exhibit in 1959-60.
(In 1973 - "TK-45" was again chosen for the redesigned TK-44.)
- (Internal View) - Upgraded electronics included automatic white level & black level settings, reduced number of cable connections, and many automatic setup features.
The Camera Head now had a black viewfinder side panel and a shorten tally light on top.
(Internal View) - Among other new features the TK-46 had a tiltable viewfinder. Its color scheme was also changed to a beige & brown to match new ones on other equipments.
- Catalog Sheet
Photos:TK-46s in TV Facilities
TK-47 - (Internal View)
- Computer controlled, totally automated setup live color camera. - (Initial Testing) - Its viewfinder could be extended up from the camera head and rotate in all directions. Its color scheme returned to the RCA blue.
After the NAB it was also shown at the 1978 SMPTE Convention.
At NAB 1980. TK-47EP -(Enhanced Performance) was shown : RCA BN-168
RCA won an EMMY AWARD for the TK-47 camera design. at the NAB 1981.
The Triax Cabled TK-47B was introduced at the NAB 1982.
The TK-47T version was developed at RCA Ltd. Jersey Isles U.K. RCA BN-170
All Set-Up controls were now EXTERNAL
The TK-47B's "Smart RCU" allowed any combination of up to
12 TK-47s, TKP-47s, & TK-290s to share one SET-UP TERMINAL
By 1983 well over 500 TK-47s were in TV facilities worldwide.
Photos: TK-47s in TV Facilities -
Close-up Views of TK-47 Head (Time: 2:47 min..) by Firenze Prima
Behind the Scenes at WOR-TV baseball & TK-47 s (Time: 3:00 min..)
- RCA's Last Studio Camera. It was white, styled just like the
TK-47 and added an "electronic screwdriver" feature.
Only two prototypes were made and the design wasn't finalized, so RCA went
on selling the TK-47. What happened to these 2 TK-48s remains a
Feb. 2007 - Frank Rizzo, one of the engineers for the TK-48 design in Gibbsboro, sent these comments on the "TK-48's Backstory" - "At a Demonstration"
Photos courtesy of Jay Ballard, - Catalog Sheet - Brochure - Operator's CCU
from Bobby Ellerbee’s “Eyes of a Generation” website
CFTO - Toronto created
the first Handheld TK-44 cameras
in 1972 by converting two of their TK-44s into a 2 piece unit.
It had a 38lb. hand-held camera head & an electronics backpack. Photo in studio.
RCA showed its version of a Portable Pack TK-44 at the 1973 NAB. The housing was first sold as a conversion kits for stations who wanted to build a portable unit from one of their current TK-44s.
Then RCA developed an Engineering Model of the camera, first using the coversion kit parts, before the finalized camera
TKP-45 - Production Portable Color Camera.
RCA's electronics redesign reduced the Camera Head's weight to 22 pounds. Internal View - Back Pack
Photos: KTLA Televising Rose Parade - In TV Facilities
and in the studio it could work as a standard pedestal camera
(as was done on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson)
- Updated TKP-45 Portable Color Camera -
Its color scheme was styled to match the new TK-46. See Photo on the Left: TKP-46 mounted on adapter for
using various TK-46 compatible Long-Range Lenses & a Large Viewfinder.
In 1980 color scheme was changed to match the TK-47 - 1980 Catalog Sheet.
- Introduced at the 1981 NAB, replaced the TKP-46 design. It was blue & looked like a very large
TK-86. - Brochure
In 1982 it was redesigned smaller in a brown color & optional Triax Cable
Brochure (1) - (2) - (3) - Electronics Schematic
- medium priced Studio Color Camera Developed by RCA Burbank -
Manufactured for Industrial & Educational TV facilities
These lower cost cameras also sold OVERSEAS
Burbank had also introduced two other low cost live color cameras in 1969, the single tube PK-730 and the (No Viewfinder) PK-710. RCA Burbank started developing low cost B/W TV equipment back 1965.
A unique live camera design they introduced in 1968 was the PK-330
- Prototype - "Newsmaker"
demonstrated to the NAB in 1975. It was to become a fully self
contained portable camera .
See its story here
- First fully self contained 19 lb. portable camera.
Named for the bicentennial year in which it was introduced at the NAB - 1976. - NAB'76 Rain Demo - Internal View - On the GO - In a Crowd
1977- the TK-76 design team received the IEEE David Sarnoff Award
1979 - Mark Nelson's engineering group celebrated their 1000th ECP
By the end of 1980 over 2000 cameras were sold worldwide.
The TK-76C, shown at NAB 1980, had 18mm "Saticon" tubes(which eliminated red flaring). It was 3 lbs. lighter & could also operate on 5000' of Triax cable.
Photos:TK-76s In TV Facilities
- Redesigned TK-76 with a lower profile that wrapped
around the cameraman's shoulder. -
Photos: TK-86 at WITI-TV, Milwaukee - 50 years history
- Studio/Field Color Camera. (The camera's head was mounted around the TK-76's electronic chassis.) Breakaway view of the TK-760
The triaxial cable version, was introduced at the 1980 NAB , the TK-780.
Other versions of these 2 models were TK-761 and TK-781.
Photos:TK-760s In TV Facilities
Hawkeye - Portable Color Camera/VCR
Photos: 1981 NAB EXHIBIT - Camera Show - The Display - Close-Up Viewing
In Production - TV News - Sports Coverage and International News
Hawkeye won another Emmy for RCA Broadcast in 1983.
The Hawkeye HR-1 recorder's companion was the HR-2 recorder.
NAB 1983 Demo.
RCA CCD - The Prototype Camera: first shown at the NAB 1980.
The production model CCD was shown at NAB 1983 ,
It was named HC-2 for Hawkeye Camera 2. - CCD-1 S/N #1 Accessories.
Some were manufactured and shipped in 1984. - CCD-1 Cat. Sheet - Page 2.
1984 CCD-1 Field Test - AT NBC 1984 - Photo In B/C News - NAB 1984 Ad
In 1985 - RCA received an Television EMMY for their CCD-1 development - HC-2 Serial No. 4 sold to MPL Productions
Camera - Ironically named - the last new studio
camera in development at the Sunset of the RCA Broadcast
Equipment business. After years trying to decide on a
design, the concept was scrapped in lieu of doing the TK-48.
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TK-3a Flying Spot Scanner Telecine System for 35mm slides
Monitor Display - Optical System - Internal View of Cabinet
Rack & Slide Holders
TK-20 B&W telecine camera - WOR-TV Telecine-
used a #1850 iconoscope pickup tube
B&W telecine camera - 1 Vidicon, tube.
Could be mounted Directly onto a Film Projector or a Multiplexer
TK-21B model introduced in 1958.
(See TK-21 mounted on a Telecine Island with a TK-26 Color Camera)
TK-22- B&W Vidicon, transistors. One of the
most famous TV pictures ever seen was through a TK-22...but it wasn't from film. The camera
was part of the scan converter used for the video feed from the Apollo
11 lunar module.
TK-22 configured directly on a TP-66 film projector
Color telecine camera, Flying Spot Scanner. The FSS design
was first selected as best of 3 formats. Design work continued
into 1954, but discontinued when TK-26 design was perfected. See Photo: Experimental TK-25 at left/rear - Projector aims directly
in its opening - TK-25 Close Up View
TK-26 - 3
Vidicon tube color telecine camera. - 3V Engineering Model
Internal View - At WQAD-TV At WHDH-TV - Balop Device on a TK-26
The TK-4A Flying Spot Scanner Camera was the first color slide system delivered with TK-26 telecines but was phased out after a short period.
TK-27 - (Internal View)
- 4 Vidicon
Color Telecine Camera,
transistorized electronics, with new "RCA Blue" color
Engineering model shown at 1963 NAB as TK-27X
Used Three 1 in. Vidicon tubes & a single 1.5 in. Vidicon for Luminance Channel
Pics. Installed on a TP-15 - TP-55 Island - 1965 Assy. Line - 1967 Ad
Color telecine camera, 3 Vidicons or optional Plumbicons.
An optional hardware configuration let the camera be internally mounted in the new model TP-55B Multiplexer - At WSM-TV - At WSPA-TV
Compact Video -Hollywood - TK-28 W.W. Users List - August 1973
Color telecine camera with new "RCA Biege" color. (Internal View)
Three models were introduced
Up to 12 TK-47s, TKP-47s, and TK-290s could share one setup terminal. Although RCA worked on a CCD Telecine they didn't develop one before going out of business. In 1984 they showed the vendored CCD Telecine the TKS-100 designed for Film-Tape transfers.
- Low cost color telecine camera, pictured on telecine island.
Camera originally was the PK-610 on the PFS-610
TP-3C - 2x2
Slide Projector, dual drum, 12 slides.
Photo: TP-3 mounted on a telecine island
Previously 35mm slides were shown on Flying Spot Scanners
Photos: 1950 - TK-3A FSS System - 1954 - TK-4A FSS
TP-6A - 16
mm film projector; 4000' reels, optional magnetic sound
Directly Mounted on a Vidicon TV Camera
Before 1950, prior to use of multiplexers, TV projectors did direct projection.
Here is a TP-10, shown at NAB 1950, used on TV Remotes with live cameras.
TP-7A - 2x2
Slide Projector, dual drum, 36 slides - Internal View
TP-77 - 2x2
Slide Projector, random access single drum.
Mono glass prism multiplexer
Multiplexer(4 in & 2 out) utilizing 4 double sided Mirrors,
which flipped up and down to switch projector inputs
TP15 island in TV Station - Live Object Balop Device mounted on a TP15
TP-16 - 16
mm film projector; 2000' reels, magnetic sound optional
35 mm film projector - (Internal View)
Photo: - TP-35 mounted on a Telecine Island
At the ABC-TV Network - TP-35B Spec Sheet
4 in & 2 out) utilizing 4 double sided Mirrors,
vertically to switch projector inputs. (Instead of
"flopping" the mirrors like a TP-15 did)
The TP-55B model, shown in 1972 , allowed for an internal TK-28.
- (Large Capacity) - (Close-up Views) - 16 mm film projector became the most widely used telecine
projector in the TV industry. Its large capacity reels allowed
TV stations to splice a whole day's film commercial spots on one reel. Foil markers
placed on the film would automatically stop the TP-66; so it was cued up to the beginning of each
film segment. It had the new "RCA Blue" color.
TP-66 film projector Slideshow onYouTube
16 mm film TV Cartridge Projector. (Internal
Developed to automatically playback 16mm commercial films in
(Just as the TCR-100 did for Video Tape commercials)
The TCP-1624 model number stood for: 16mm films in a 24 Cartridge Carousel.
FR-35B - 35mm film projector (Biege)
Developed by the RCA Photophone Division, Burbank, Used for
Movie Studios Sound-on-Film Production,
Video Teleproduction, & International TV Networks
SMPTE Convention Telecine Exhibit
The design won a Technology "Oscar" from the movie industry` -
A Look-Alike FR-16 16mm version was developed later, but very few went into production.
In the 40-50's, Before Videotape recording there was Kinescope Film Recording
A Film Camera on a fixed mount filmed a TV monitor's "Kinescope Tube".
1947 RCA Kinescope Machine TMP-20 Debuted - At WQED Pittsburgh
Film Recording System described in RCA Broadcast News #54 in 1948
In 1962 RCA Photophone in Burbank, CA displayed its
Hi-Resolution Film Recorder TFR-1 - It used a High quality Camera &
a FLAT TV Screen) Internal View.
NHK received the first 6 units August 1963.
The First Videotape
Recorder - Shown here in test at NBC-TV, NYC. This longitudinal tape recorder also did color video
recording. Gen. Sarnoff at Demo.
RCA's Largest longitudinal Video Tape Recorder. - VIDEO TAPE HEAD
Rack mount Quadruplex Video Tape Recorder, tube design.
The pre-production unit was tested at WBTV Charlotte, NC.
WBTV also received the First production model. - Both TRT-1s - NBC Burbank
(Oldest Color Video Recording)
Rack mounted, tube design - TRT-1B Brochure
Video Tape Editing was manual cutting like Film editing:, much harder, as described here by Pete Fasciano on the MBT Website -- Editor Close-Up
Photos: RCA Video Recorders in TV Facilities
TR-2 - Rack mounted tube with some transistorization and a solid state power supply.
Two selectable recording speeds - Monochrome or Color (Closer View)
Play-Back only - transistor, color capable -
Was possible to be converted to a recoder if desired.
Record/Play - transistor, color capable - TR-4 Brochure
Record only - transistor, color capable, roll around cabinet.
Photo: 1967 NAB Exhibit (L. to R.) TR-22, TR-4, TR-3, and TR-5.
Photos: RCA Video Recorders in TV Facilities
Self Contained Rack VTR. - only 8.2 sq. ft. floor space.
Power - 2750 watts/30 amp twist-lock socket, Transistorized Power Supply. Prewired & tested at Factory - "Just plug in and operate".
WMVS, Milwaukee built a Mobile Unit TR-11 by shortened the rack to fit in their truck. The TR-11 was promoted at the 1961 NAB as as a new recorder for Closed Circuit TV Facilities. The RCA Tape Exhibit also had the MR-700, a slant track VTR using only 2 recording heads.
Monochrome, Transistorized Console
(convertible to color). - TR-22 Brochure First units went to ABC/NY
Colorized Low-Band version went into production in 1962.
Assembly Line in Camden
The TR-22C High-Band Color Version was introduced at NAB 1964.
and in 1965 the TR-22HL was shown at NAB which became a TR-70 the following year.
TR-50 - High Band Color. Looked same as TR-4,
except the TR50 had a larger tape path cover plate.
Promoted at NAB as a low-cost $54,500 companion to the $87,500 Deluxe TR-70
TR-60 - (Internal View) -
High Band Color, much improved over the TR-50. ---
When the TCR-100 came out many TR-60s were sold with it, since it could replace the SP-100 signal processor unit. Then the TCR-100 also had reel recording/playback capabilities, without needing additional floorspace.
High Band Color upgrade to the TR-60, with digital servo system. New design feature was recording either NTSC or PAL at a flip of
a switch. Automatically detect & change to PAL or NTSC when playing tapes. Color: Dark Chocolate Brown and Biege like the new G-Line
Hi-Band Color. Also using the TR-22 Console Styling.
New TR-70 Features - TR-70 Assembly Line in Camden, 1966
International PAL TR-70 was introduced in 1967
TR-70B Introduced at NAB 1969 restyled with dark blue contoured side panels. Had automatic switching to B/W, Lo-Band, or Hi-Band playback. CAVEC, Color Dropout Compesator, & audible malfunction Alarm Signals
High Band Color. Console mounted. At NAB 1976
TR-70C Being Packed for Shipping in Camden
- High Band Color Portable Quadruplex TV
Tape Recorder, with Record-Playback operation. First developed as a data instrumentation recorder.
Photos: KCMO-TV - Restyled at NAB '77
- Dual Deck 2" Quad Video Cartridge Machine.
Held 22 cartridges that could all playback sequentially in segments from 20 seconds up to 3 Minutes in length. (View of Electronics) - (STORAGE RACKS)
WDCA-TV in DC first tested the production model TCR-100.
The TCR-100 received an EMMY Award for its engineering design.
Photos: NAB 1969 Prototype - Assembly Line -
Photos: RCA TCR-100s in TV Facilities
The HDSR - RCA's final design of a TV Commercial Disc Storage Device. (Disc storage technology for TV facilities was overcome by HD computer chip technology)
Small console quadruplex video tape recorder.
TR-600 1st Publicity Photo- Note that it is RCA blue, Later changed to the
new biege color at the NAB - -- AE-600 Editor introduced in 1976 - NAB 1977
Photos: RCA Video Recorders in TV Facilities - -- The TR-700 VTR
1" Helical console VTR, Format "B"
(Vendored from Bosch Fernseh)
1" Helical console VTR, Format "C"
(Vendored by Sony) - Photo: Pacific Video Post Production Center
The TH-200 superceded it, shown at the 1980 NAB
The TH-400 was the final vendored 1" VTR, shown at the 1984 NAB
1" Helical portable VTR
(Vendored by Sony)
1" Helical console VTR, developed by RCA Camden.
Photo: TR-800 Editing Suite display at the 1981 NAB
In 1984 , The RCA Broadcast Systems Division moved out of
Camden to Gibbsboro, NJ and eventually its various product lines were closed down or sold off to other
companies. All but three of its buildings, on the Camden Waterfront, were demolished
along with the adjacent vacant Campbell's Soup Factories.
Bldg. 17, main manufacturing Bldg. with the Nipper Tower, also Bldg. 8 and
Bldg. 2 Headquarters escaped destruction when they were declared national historical buildings.
The others were blown up in 1997. - 1997 Destruction of Bldgs. 10-13 Photos
(courtesy of "MIKE FOX")
September 2004 - A refurbished Bldg. 17 reopened as
"THE VICTOR LOFTS" luxury waterfront lofts. - Aerial View Now
David Croshwait - DC Video, John Kosinski, James Redford, Dave Abramson, Bob Dreste, Winston Tharp, Dave Jeffery, Trevor Brown, Maurice Schechter, Steve McVoy, Wayne Bretl, Mario Hieb,
Bruce Arledge, Bob Cannon & Don Sears
along with DesMoinesBroadcasting.Com, "The VICTOR LOFTS" of Camden,
Gerry Wilkinson, The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia & KYW-TV, & others
who supplied commentary & photos to this latest 2018 update.
Special thanks to Jay Ballard who supplied TK-48 & TKP-47 material & Histories.
And a Very Special Tribute in Memoriam to Ed Reitan a true TV Historian & Restorationalist.
Ed's Tribute & Biography presented by The Early Television Museum.
John P. Taylor, & the many staff members of RCA Broadcast Division's Creative Department,
later under the leadership of Miles Moon, who gathered and published this great history of Broadcasting Facilities, Worldwide.
Question: Have you checked out the Broadcasters' Desktop Resource(BDR), a sister site with news & articles for broadcasters. Just click here.
As always we say "DON'T LET THE DINOSAURS DIE!!!!" - Since the switch to digital Television in June 2009 older SD analog equipment headed for the dumpsters,
RCA goes back to the earliest days of the industry. A company made up to hold patents during the WWI years, afterwards it became an
equipment sales organization for GE & Westinghouse.
Also Tom Sprague, Paul Beck, Jay Ballard, Chuck Pharis, KrisTrexler, Mark Nelson,
and in 2010-11 to DOUG QUICK, for his photo history of the local TV stations across central Illinois.
From 2011 up to today John Kosinski, in Stamford, CT, has been a great help by researching & supplying new internet listings of RCA TV Cameras so they can be added to the Camera Model Pages.
A great number of photos in this update were supplied from Chuck Pharis' website. We weren't able to find individual credits for those so if you originally supplied one to him let us know & we will list your name on it.
The entire Broadcasting Industry will be eternally greatful for the original creator and Editor-In-Chief of the RCA Broadcast News,
If you have any old photos of your RCA equipment that operated at your TV facility which you would like to have in our Virtual Museum, please send them along and we will add them to this page.
Chuck Pharis, former senior video engineer at ABC-TV Hollywood , now living in Turtletown, TN, has been collecting old TV Cameras for years and restores them. He has collected virtually ever model of the RCA Live cameras. You can see them at http://www.pharis-video.com/
The latest Collector is Bobby Ellerbee in Winder, Georgia who started collecting TV cameras a few years ago, when he lived in Athens, GA, and now has the website Eyes of A Generation. By direct contact with many TV Organizations, Collectors and early TV pioneers he has a huge array of "Behind the Scenes" photos of Classic Network TV programs. WXIA-TV Tour of His Collection
In 2017 another RCA History link has been added The "Rowan University RCA HERITAGE MUSEUM". Transcripts & Interviews videotaped by RCA Retirees from New Jersey as their personal records of how the VTMC/Radio Corporation of America/RCA Corp. impacted the State of New Jersey and development of the worldwide Electronics Industry.
Finally we would like to thank the Camden County Historical Museum who has uncrated this treasure and, on November 8, 2009, put on display their Nipper Stained Glass Window, one of the 4 original windows in the Bldg. 17 Tower. It was 93 years old, Others were provided to the U. of Penna, The Smithsonian in D.C.. in 1979 when the company created the new company logo. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNCRATING