21. Colored Television
The first Colored television (RCA CT-100) coming off the production line at Bloomington, Indiana, c. 1954.
Although it wasn’t the first NTSC color TV set to ship to consumers (that honor goes to Westinghouse, which first shipped its color TV set in February, 1954), the RCA Victor CT-100 was the first to ship in volume, with the company planning a production run of 2000 TVs. The CT-100 had a 15-inch screen, 37 tubes inside and in its console form factor weighed 175 pounds. It was first shipped in late April, 1954, and sold for $1000, the equivalent of about $7500 in today’s money.
Other manufacturers such as Motorola, Admiral and Hoffman also shipped limited quantities of color TVs in 1954 at similar prices. Later that year, RCA rolled out a 21-inch color receiver, and by two years later, the color TV revolution had temporarily stalled. Even though color TV prices had dropped as low as $495, that was still too expensive for most consumers. Also slowing sales to a crawl was the fact that few color broadcasts were available and there was a perception that color TVs were unreliable and difficult to adjust. Color TV sales didn’t really take off until about 10 years later.
22. College Football
1926 College Football National Championship. Soldier Field, Chicago. Most people today don’t realize that college football was bigger than pro football until relatively recently.
23. Ice-Cream Man
Ice-cream seller, Istanbul, 1898.
24. Irish Girl
Irish girl overlooks a British Soldier during the Troubles, Northern Ireland. – c. 1970.
25. Powder Monkey
Powder Monkey on the USS New Hampshire, 1864.
Gunpowder was stored in the ship’s magazine. During battle, charges were given out piecemeal through a wooden curtain by the master gunner. That was to deter flying embers from entering the gunpowder stores. The charges were picked up by the powder monkeys and run up to the guns, a few charges at the time. Powder monkeys were usually boys of 12 to 14 years, many of whom were volunteers in hopes of getting a commission as midshipmen. The boys were small enough to slip through the working men on the gun deck during the battle and were harder targets for enemy snipers.