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1953

Color television

RCA president Franklin Folsom (left) and RCA Chairman David Sarnoff with an RCA CTC-5 color television, circa 1956

As early as 1939, when it introduced the all-electronic television system at the 1939 World’s Fair, RCA Laboratories (now part of SRI) had invented an industry that forever changed the world: television.

By 1953, RCA devised the first complete electronic color TV system. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission adopted RCA’s system as its National Television System Committee standard that same year. The NTSC standard is still in use today.

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