1935-1941 Other Stuff
This section covers other television related items, such as 1939 World's Fair ephemera, and odds and ends that don't fit the established categories.
1939 New York World's Fair - The Showcase of Television
The new invention of television was unveiled and displayed at the RCA Exhibition Building at the 1939 New York World's Fair. This is an original photograph of the outside of that building. Click here for a listing of television stations operating in the United States.
This is an interior view of the building above, showing the 1939 RCA TRK-12s on display:
Once you had a chance to view these sets, you were given an official 'Visitor's Card' like this:
This was the souvenir booklet you were able to obtain. There were two versions. The earlier 1939 printing has a yellow cover. The 'second edition' (more difficult to find today) has a baby blue cover:
1930s NBC-RCA Studio Tour -- Prior to TV launch in 1939
Television In the Movies
Synopsis: A television inventor is murdered 'on camera' while
demonstrating the device to a roomful of viewers. The first crime scene on
TV! Bela Lugosi gives a great performance and keeps you in suspense to the
end! Released in 1935. B&W.
KCBS / COLUMBIA SQUARE in 1938
Original snapshot photograph, taken shortly after the 1938
opening of the CBS Radio Studio in Hollywood, California.
Today, this location is called: Columbia Square, a CBS studio which houses that network's local affiliates: CBS-2 Television (Channel-2 in Los Angeles) and KNX News Radio (1070 AM). Both broadcast live from this site, which is not open to the public.
Columbia Square was built in 1938 as a CBS radio studio, on the former site of the Nestor Film Company which began operations in 1911.
The first movie shot in Hollywood was "In Old California" by the Biograph
company, on February 10th 1910. (My thanks to
Thomas R. Bond, II
for this information).