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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Welcome Jeremiah: 1947

Welcome Jeremiah: 1947

New York, 1947. "On the set -- Borden Show broadcast." Back when telephones and televisions had dials, and shows were often named for the sponsor. 4x5 acetate negative from the Publicity Department Archive. View full size.

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I don't think it's Percy

Comparing two profiles, I conclude it can't be Percy Helton. The skull shape and lips are wrong, and he's not really round enough either. :-)
I've seen this actor before in supporting roles, but cannot pin down exactly who or where. I hazily remember some serious roles in the fifties.

Pre-war TV cameras

These were some of the very first TV cameras that RCA made. They were patented in 1936! RCA probably modified them to make a 525 line image after the war ended.
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Didn't Last Long

July 1947-September 1947. Different format (variety, drama, etc.) each week. Apparently none of them worked.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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