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That Pesky Television Test Pattern What came first, television or the television test pattern? By all accounts, the once ubiquitous, static bullseye that appeared on kinescopes and  cathode ray tubes from the 40s through the 70s before stations began airing their scheduled programs (or when malfunctions occured) may not  have preceeded the actual invention of television, which surprisingly began during the 1880s, but it was the first real transmission that was seen on  TV. Although the earliest dimensional image to appear on the screen in the mid-thirties on NBC’s experimental station  W2XBS  was a rubberized  model of  Felix the Cat  (the only object that would not melt under intensely hot studio lights), the test pattern was the most consistently broadcast  image since the early twenties. The archetypical chart used by NBC/RCA, which in the thirties had merged to form the first television “network,” consisted 
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