1950s Television Advertising - Germany
German post-war television production did not begin until the early 1950s. My thanks to Steve Kelsay for providing these early advertising examples.
Information about German television sets, forwarded courtesy of a German engineer:
The German TV model year was from September to August of the following year (much like the American automobile -and television- industry). All West-German TV manufacturers practiced strict price controls, no TV set prices could be discounted. TV set prices were identical in all retail stores.
Neckermann (a large retailer, similar to Sears and Roebuck), sold the first 23" B &W square tube sets made by Korting in the early 1960's, using the new 23" B&W picture tubes imported from America. All other W. German TV set manufacturers were still selling the older 21" rounded corner style sets, and the entire industry was forced to scrap the older style tubes in favor of the new 23" square American picture tube. This enormous and sudden change shook up the W. German industry and the long held practice of price controls finally ended.
Germany did not begin broadcasting in color until 1967. The PAL (Phase
Alternating Line) system was used from the beginning. Unlike the American
NTSC system, the German PAL system does not require a 'color' control, and there
are no 'color' adjustment controls used in the PAL system.