Author Talk: Benjamin Gross - "The TVs of Tomorrow: RCA and the Invention of the Flat Screen Television"
Did you know that RCA was hard at work on a flat panel television in the 1950s? Ben Gross, vice president for research and scholarship at the Linda Hall Library, will explain how RCA’s imaginative leader David Sarnoff set his talented scientists and engineers to work on developing a television that could hang on a wall. After a decade RCA could announce the creation of a new form of electronic display that relied on liquid crystals (LCD’s) that would make a flat-panel television possible – even though RCA would leave their development to other companies. Gross’ talk is based on research in the RCA archives held at Hagley for his 2018 book, The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA’s Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs.
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Julius Rosenwald (1862–1932) rose from modest means as the son of a peddler to meteoric wealth at the helm of Sears, Roebuck. Yet his most important legacy stands not upon his business acumen but on the pioneering changes he introduced to the practice of philanthropy.
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POLICING FAKES: EARLY TRADEMARK REGULATION IN THE U.S.
This paper examines the problem of counterfeit goods in the antebellum years, contextualizing the rise of these products and their prosecution by the state within the "freewheeling marketplace" described by Stephen Mihm, Ed Balleisen, and others. Through several case studies, the chapter enumerates the issues at stake in the first trademark infringement lawsuits in the US, including the economic anxieties prompted by the Panic of 1837, the tenuous social position of the middle class, competition between domestic and foreign manufacturers, and the unregulated commercial marketplace. The judges in these lawsuits moralized economic behavior in ways that mirrored then-emergent credit reporting structures, infusing middle-class standards of behavior into commerce. As the state struggled to keep pace, early regulatory measures adopted similar moral standards to separate legitimate from illegitimate competition.