The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) first begins using a 'mobile television station' in New York at the end of 1937.
These mobile television trucks, known as Telemobiles, are operated by RCA's network, NBC, but clearly have the RCA brand more prominently displayed. Indeed, the FCC licence W10XX is issued to RCA Manufacturing Company of Camden, New Jersey. However, the trucks are often parked outside the Rockefeller Centre [above] to attract attention by televising interviews with members of the public.
Thesingle-lens orthicon camera includes a servo mechanism to allow focus to be pulled from the control panel inside the van.
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