Looking at Television

Looking at Television

Home Movies Croft Collection Can 64 TV Antenna Installation Home Movie Registry

TV Antenna Installation, HM Croft Collection Can 64

Prelinger Archives

When we think of television history, we think first about what was on the screen…the shows, the stars, the news events. Home movies, on the other hand, were sometimes able to capture what was going on behind the screen and behind the scenes, showing how we interacted with television as viewers and fans but also, on rare occasions, as producers.

The Cecil Camp Family Collection no. 1 – Dealey Plaza and JFK Assassination News Coverage 1963 2 Home Movie Registry
Chicago Film Archive 1964 Chad Jeremy – Patty Duke Show Home Movie Registry

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Filming the Screen


This home movie shows the American public’s first introduction to television at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. RCA’s television exhibit [starting at 6:37] allowed visitors to see themselves filmed by television cameras.

HM Medicus Collection, New York World’s Fair, 1939-1940, Reel 4 – Prelinger Archives

The installation of a new television antenna by the “Detroit & Suburban TV Antenna Service” was novel enough of an event that this Michigan moviemaker filmed the process.

TV Antenna Installation, HM Croft Collection, Can 64 – Prelinger Archives

An episode of the television program “Route 66” was filmed on-location in Galveston, Texas in February 1963.,This home movie shows the stars Martin Milner and Glenn Corbett as they drove around the island in their Corvette.

Behind the Scenes at Filming of Route 66 – Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Following scenic shots of the Lost Maples State Natural Area in this video, [at 1:51] Two girls are showing filming a skit in a local television studio in the 1990s, giving us a glimpse behind the scenes at low budget, local television production.

The Steve Gomez Collection, No. 2 – Lost Maples State Natural Area – Texas Archive of the Moving Image

This home movie shows the American public’s first introduction to television at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. RCA’s television exhibit [at 6:40] allowed visitors to see themselves filmed by television cameras.

 

Home Movies Medicus Collection, New York World’s Fair 1939-49, Reel 4 – Prelinger Archives

The installation of a new television antenna by the “Detroit & Suburban TV Antenna Service” was novel enough of an event that this Michigan homeowner and moviemaker filmed the entire process.

 

Home Movies Croft Collection, Can 64, TV Antenna Installation – Prelinger Archives

An episode of the television program “Route 66” was filmed on-location in Galveston, Texas in February 1963.,This home movie shows the stars Martin Milner and Glenn Corbett as they drove around the island in their Corvette.

 

Behind the Scenes at Filming of Route 66 – Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Following scenic shots of Texas’s Lost Maples State Natural Area, [at 1:51], two girls are showing filming a skit in a local television studio in the 1990s, giving us a glimpse behind the scenes at low budget, local television production.

 

The Steve Gomez Collection, No. 2, Lost Maples State Natural Area – Texas Archive of the Moving Image