From a January 4, 1954 issue of Life magazine, the beginnings of color TV.
RCA and CBS were at war over how to do color TV. The FCC played referee and they each came up with a method of being compatible with monochrome TVs (most of the TVs sold and owned then).
Eventually, the RCA method won. As you’ll see, CBS had a crazy Rube Goldberg-like method with several points of failure.
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Look at that RCA studio camera! Today a cellphone camera people can carry in their pocket can do full 1080p HD, a resolution far exceeding the NTSC of those days (which was more theoretical than what people actually experienced with their home TVs).
That was fifty-nine years ago. What will it all be like fifty-nine years from today?