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1950s Television Advertising - Germany

German post-war television production did not begin until the early 1950s.  My thanks to Steve Kelsay for providing these early advertising examples.

1950s Blaupunkt TV Ad (140K bytes) (140K) - Blaupunkt

1950s Schaub-Lorenz TV Ad (88K bytes) (88K) - Schaub-Lorenz

1950s Siemens TV Ad  (112K bytes) (112K) - Siemens

1950s Siemens - German TV Ad (76K bytes) (76K) - Siemens

1950s Telefunken TV Ad (128K bytes) (128K) - Telefunken

1956 Philips TV Ad (176K bytes) (176K) - 1956 Philips Fernsehen

Information about German television sets, forwarded courtesy of a German engineer:

The German TV model year was from September to August of the following year (much like the American automobile -and television- industry).  All West-German TV manufacturers practiced strict price controls, no TV set prices could be discounted.  TV set prices were identical in all retail stores.

Neckermann (a large retailer, similar to Sears and Roebuck), sold the first 23" B &W square tube sets made by Korting in the early 1960's, using the new 23" B&W picture tubes imported from America.  All other W. German TV set manufacturers were still selling the older 21" rounded corner style sets, and the entire industry was forced to scrap the older style tubes in favor of the new 23" square American picture tube.  This enormous and sudden change shook up the W. German industry and the long held practice of price controls finally ended.

Germany did not begin broadcasting in color until 1967.  The PAL (Phase Alternating Line) system was used from the beginning.  Unlike the American NTSC system, the German PAL system does not require a 'color' control, and there are no 'color' adjustment controls used in the PAL system.


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