Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Hi Dave,

A group of dedicated vintage TV enthusiasts have, as you may know, resurrected the 1951 CBS field-sequential color system and have shown it publicly at the 2004 Early Television Convention held April 24 and 25 in Hilliard, OH.

Three years ago at the 47th anniversary of the RCA CT-100, CBS presented a short segment on the Sunday show that included vintage footage of Patty Painter, the 19-year-old girl who served as the model for the 1949 demo of CBS field sequential color. A producer had contacted me for possible use of my CT-100 as a prop for the segment, but time was too short and they ended up using a vintage B&W set in a long side shot only.

Might you be willing and able to put me in touch with someone who might help recover the 1949 footage used in the 2001 segment?

The 1949 footage is an excellent program to demo the operational field-sequential system.

I have been in contact with Patty's daughter, but she does not possess a copy of the sought-after footage.

The producer?s email was lost in a computer upgrade, and so that avenue to information is closed.

As a reference, there is this highly compressed ".rm" file of the footage at this link:


There is a bit more information about the return of 1951 CBS color. Simply scroll down to the last entry on the page.


And finally, thank you for any information you may be able to provide.