The Edward D. Breen Technical Archives
Coffee can amplifiers. Signal processors. Vacuum-tubes that glow in the dark. These are just a few of the more than 2,000 pieces of extraordinary equipment that trace the fascinating history of the cable industry from the transistors of the 1950s to the fiber optics of today.
The industry, in a rather brief timeframe, moved from a single off-air antenna transmitting one or two channels, to a satellite-delivered entertainment medium providing a broad variety of channels to millions of television viewers.
It is a dramatic story that is illustrated clearly in the innovative adaptation of existing technology by the entrepreneurial pioneers of the industry.
From twisted pair to coaxial cable, from weather sensors to every model of remotes you’ve lost in the couch cushions — nearly any object that tells the story of cable has a home here. Some of the companies represented are Jerrold, Scientific Atlanta, Vikoa, Holt, Entron, Viking, Avantek, C-Cor, Spencer Kennedy Laboratories, Texscan, Blonder Tongue Laboratories, and Motorola.
Some highlights of the collection include:
- Set-top Boxes
The generous donations of individuals, vendors, manufacturers, operators, engineers and industry pioneers have made this incredibly rich and varied collection possible.