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The RCA “Servi-Chest” was a compact carrying-case specially designed to carry all the parts, tools, and test equipment that TV technicians needed for repairs. In order to keep these chests (and their RCA logo) in the hands of reputable technicians,…

A slide with a test pattern used in the 1970s at the David Sarnoff Research Center.

A solid state television service kit with replacement parts and two repair manuals.

When RCA introduced the 110˚ Precision In-Line color television system, they produced a manual that both introduced the new system and included some information that would have been of use for service professionals.

The test pattern, before being produced in a card, as in S. 509, was introduced in the RCA plant in Harrison, NJ in 1939 inside the TK-1 monoscope. A monoscope is a special kind of cathode ray tube (CRT) that, rather than capturing a television…

Introduced by RCA in 1939, this test pattern became a popular icon during the 1940s.

Advertisement for color television repair by the RCA Service Company in the October 1956 issue of Radio Age.

Advertisement for the RCA Service Company from the January 1958 issue of Electronic Age.

Authorized television repair shops often advertised their services with lighted signs

The Radiotron was one of RCA’s standard tubes for broadcast radio receivers in the 1920s.



22-3/8" long, 8-3/4" wide (closed), and 17" tall.

In 1955, the RCA Tube Division announced a newly designed vacuum tube carrying case, which they called the Treasure Chest. It weighed 11 pounds, and had room for 134 common tubes, as well as small tools necessary for home service calls. This Treasure…

A large service case with tools and tubes needed for electronics repair
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