Steve worked at station KTLA in Los Angeles, California, for 16
years. Among the many items he collected over the years are some of the
8x10 glossy photographs from early 1947 shown below.
The live studio shots include Du Mont
pre-war iconoscope cameras. If anyone has technical information (or
perhaps catalog info) on these cameras, please contact me.
Experimental station W6XYZ started telecasting in 1939, and
became KTLA-TV on January 22, 1947.
KTLA purchased new RCA-TK-10 image orthicon cameras later in
These long forgotten photos document the famous
west-coast-pioneer TV station's early days:
(184K) -- KTLA painted sign, and close-up of the early April 1947 program
schedule. Apparently a new schedule was pasted onto this board each week.
KTLA transmitted from the top of Mt. Wilson.
(72K) - Dancers in early broadcast for the new KTLA-TV station
(56K) -- Mother dog and her pups x 2. Notice the banks of hot floodlamps!
(88K) -- Four young girls in costume, with a nice shot of the Du Mont cameras
(80K) -- Product demonstration (coffee pot?)
(60K) -- Live studio shot, masked man reads "Television" magazine
(156K) -- 1947 KTLA Television Queen -- Her crown is being presented by Richard
"Dick" Lane, who was a character actor and Los Angeles TV personality at KTLA
for close to 40 years.
(32K) -- 1949 snapshot of the KTLA Studio, in Hollywood California.
(68K) -- c. 1955 photograph of the NBC-TV affiliate station KRCA, located in Los
Angeles. This beautiful building was torn down in the mid 1960s.
Color TV Sets in Steve's Collection
1954 Capehart Model CXC-12, 19-inch color set
Presently on display in the UCLA Collection of Technology and Design
The set employs a CBS 19VP22 Colortron tube + 40 vacuum tubes
1954 RCA Model CT-100 color set
1956-57 "Wingate" RCA CTC-5
This set is also fully operational - shown with owner's manual