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Pop-Up Exhibit: 100 Years of RCA

November 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

After World War I, the U.S. government was concerned about British dominance of radio communication, especially in the United States, where the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America held a variety of patents on wireless technology. As a result, the Navy, with the support of Woodrow Wilson, lobbied for the transformation of American Marconi into the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), with the reorganization officially made on November 20, 1919. Over the next few decades, RCA would become a major force in the history of twentieth century electronics: they became a major force in using radio as a tool for broadcasting rather than telegraphic communication; they built radio receivers, developed new vacuum tubes, and built the first American radio broadcasting network, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). In the 1930s, they were early pioneers in all-electronic monochrome television, and in the 1950s, they also developed the compatible color television system that would become the standard for that technology. RCA was a powerhouse company in the 20th century, especially in New Jersey, where the company maintained several research facilities and manufacturing plants. Although the company was acquired by General Electric in 1986 after a series of financial losses, the company, and its Nipper trademark, remains an iconic figure in the area. On Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Sarnoff Collection at The College of New Jersey will celebrate this centenary, and this important and influential company, with a special pop-up exhibit of the various RCA trademarks over the years, from the early World-Wide-Wireless, to the RCA Meatball logo, Nipper, and the more modern Chipper. This event will also feature fun RCA and science hands-on activities for the whole family, and a Story Corps-style recording station for visitors to record their memories of this company and its products.

For more information, visit davidsarnoff.tcnj.edu.


November 17, 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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