National Geographic : 1954 Jul
© National Geographic Society 91 Kodachrome by National Geographic Photographer J. Baylor Roberts Telephone Magic Shoots Live Action from This TV Stage to 6,000,000 Homes Joan Caulfield (behind sofa) and Barry Nelson (on sofa) act out "My Favorite Husband" before wheeled cameras at CBS's ultramodern Television City in Hollywood. Within 1/50 of a second their images will flash on screens in homes throughout the country. The stage-lighting expert (left) plays his battery of lights from an organlike console. All-electronic, the board can "remember" a complicated series of lighting changes set up before the performance. Monitor TV screens show the operator the results of his work; others, hanging from the ceiling, show the studio audience the same scene carried by Bell System facilities to viewers in 43 cities.