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For thirty years, from the early 1920s until the early 50s, radio was the dominant source of home entertainment in America. Hundreds of commercial stations went on the air across the nation, networks were created and Lum and Abner, Jack Benny, and Fred Allen, among many others, became household names. During much of this time, television developed in a series of starts and jerks. The earliest devices for transmitting pictures over the air were based on clumsy mechanical spinning disks and produced only crude low resolution images. Several competing all electronic systems were developed during the 1930s, and for a time it appeared that television would soon take America by storm.

Many Americans caught their first glimpse of the new medium at the New York World's Fair in 1939, where RCA demonstrated their new line of television sets. The exhibit even gave fairgoers an opportunity to be televised from an transmission booth to a receiving set in the next room. Many events at the Fair were transmitted to the handful of television receivers in the New York area over the RCA experimental station W2XBS.

During World War II, most television broadcasting was suspended new no new stations took to the air. However, the post-war technology boom saw rapid advancement and stations across America began broadcasting through the late 1940s and into the following decade. Before long, most American households had at least one TV set and the focus of family entertainment shifted from radio to the new medium.

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Television: An RCA Presentation (1949)

Film promoting television sets and the broadcast of New York's first regularly scheduled programs. The short shows RCA's production studios in Rockefeller Center, television demonstrations at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair, RCA's Empire State Building transmitter, and remote mobile broadcast units.

The Story of Television (1956)

Shows efforts of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in the creation, development and introduction of the all-electronic TV system; explains how science made television a working reality. David Sarnoff tells of the early research and experiments. Shown is the first successful picture tube, the first experimental TV station, the problems of improving piucture quality and reducing the size and cost of components at the transmitting and receiving ends, and the function of mobile units.

Tomorrow Television (1945)

A U.S. Army production that speculates about the future of television after World War II.