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An odd 16mm reel from my collection which is a kinescope made by the Dumont Television Network in September of 1956, which depicts a test for their innovative video/film camera system, though this particular reel is not the 35mm reflex sync video that they advertised but the standard 16mm film synchronized with a CRT known as a kinescope. The video switching in this reel show that this video feed is from the master video console, rather than the autonomous system depicted in the advert. Anyway, an interesting piece of history none the less. Enjoy!
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12 thoughts on “Dumont television test reel 1956”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Webster says:

    Evidently "Grace Dawson" is a pseudonym for Donna Reed.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vintage Disneyland Tickets says:

    This was actually mesmerizing, thanks Fran.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marcelo Gd says:

    That is an interesting pioneering kind of telenovela from the 50's!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars batterymaker Mark II says:

    Their tvs were built like battleships

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Barry Fleischer says:

    Very cool.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Sutton says:

    What a great film I wish I could see the entire show.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Sutton says:

    Who goes camping in a suit? Old school for sure.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lance Hall says:

    I have a copyright on the static from 12.40 to 12.42.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CARL iCON says:

    way cool..if this show was on now I'd watch it…kind of a film noir drama vibe to it, thanks for sharing

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Heckman says:

    I remember the DuMont network. Channel 6 in Philadelphia carried it as well as programs from ABC. This definitely was a kinescope recording filmed from a crt. The electronicam system was used on the Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason which was a live show so filming it at the same time the quality was better than a kinescope and the film could be duplicated and the show could be syndicated or shown in other time zones or on stations that weren't affiliated with DuMont. The DuMont company made very good television sets for that era. Some of the best but expensive.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Barrett says:

    My grandparents had a Dumont TV in the 1950's. It had a circular dial to change the stations. We could pick up FM stations between Channels 5 and 6 I think. It could have been 6 and 7.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Filthy Peasant says:

    Watch it now before it gets trolled off! Thanks Fran!

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