On This Day: First-Ever Color TVs Were Sold in 1954

by Will Shepard
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Some of the first color TVs were sold on this day, March 25, 1954, marking the shift in the television generation. Those color TVs were called the “RCA CT-100s”. As many of the TVs there were at the time, they were low-quality items but cost a relative fortune.

However, if there are any of those first color TVs left now, they would likely be worth a fortune. The first few sales of the television sets were 15-inch screens and cost $1,000 each. That is essentially the size of a computer nowadays.

In terms of the equivalent nowadays, you’re looking at a home theater or any TV you want, reports Wired.

The color TVs are attributed to the inventor John Logie Baird. So, as you watch your high definition, 4k television now, you can thank him.

The First Color TVs Were Sold Back in 1953

John Logie Bard actually invented the first color TV way back in 1928, at the verge of the release of televisions in general. Nonetheless, it was not until twenty-five years later that the commercial color television sets hit the market.

Even though RCA was among the first color TVs sold, Admiral and Westinghouse were the first TVs to hit the market. On December 30, 1953, the Admiral C1617A was the first television sold. However, it was not nearly as nice as the RCA television sold several months later.

RCA was the dominant company in the television market and was cornering it well. Even though most families at the time had televisions, there were only a select few with color television sets.

While the television sets were being produced as fast as possible, they were incredibly limited. Reportedly, RCA only made 200 sets to be sold to the public initially. This might be why the price was so incredibly high at the time of release.

Nonetheless, these first color TVs changed the television world forever. After these televisions came out, there was no looking back for TV companies.

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