"Oh, hey ho, men. You know, I was watching the Dumont last night, when I happened to catch a fascinating documentary on Rommel, the Desert Fox..."
So what the hell is a DuMont? This is the hell a DuMont.
DuMont opened a few "experimental" TV stations on the East coast around WWII, with some funding from Paramount Pictures. With money being a constant problem, DuMont was forced to expand onto UHF, which even then, was already the ghetto of the TV spectrum. Sadly, the network folded by 1956, despite being a pioneer in many ways. Even though you've probably never heard of the DuMont network, you may have heard of some of their programming, like Arthur Murray, Ernie Kovacs, and Captain Video.
A thousand years ago, I worked at a video post house, where we had a portable VHS deck with a tiny monitor built into it, for reviewing tapes and logging footage. We called it the DuMont, despite there being no badge or identifier on it anywhere by that name. I have no explanation for why it was tarred and feathered with that title, but there must be some kind of connection. Google finds no sign of DuMont still making video equipment in the 1990s.
For about a thousand bucks (about 10,000 of today's dollars), you bought the privilege of peering into a cabinet at a 20" screen. Of course, color was still a dream. So what are the blue bloods in today's ad all dressed up to watch? Steeplechase, of course. There's a reason they call them the "horsey set".
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