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Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc.
Company typePrivate
IndustryTelevision equipment manufacturer
Broadcasting company
Upper Montclair, New Jersey, United States
FounderAllen B. DuMont
  • Broadcast operations spun off into DuMont Broadcasting Corporation (1956); renamed to Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation (1958), then Metromedia (1961), Metromedia television stations brought by News Corporation & used to form the nucleus of Fox Television Stations
  • TV set manufacturing operations sold to Emerson Radio (1958)
  • Oscillograph & CRT manufacturing operations merged into Fairchild Camera and Instrument (1960); renamed Fairchild Weston Systems (1982), acquired by Loral Corporation & renamed Loral Fairchild Systems (1989), acquired by Lockheed Martin through purchase of Loral Corporation's defense electronics and system integration businesses, becoming Lockheed Fairchild Systems (1996), was grouped with Sanders Associates and Lockheed Martin Space Electronics & Communications under the Lockheed Martin Aerospace Electronic Systems division, division then acquired by BAE Systems (2000)
SuccessorFox Television Stations
(Broadcasting operations)
Emerson Radio
(TV manufacturing operations)
BAE Systems
(Oscillograph & cathode-ray tube manufacturing operations)
HeadquartersClifton, New Jersey, United States
ProductsDuMont Television Network
KCTY (defunct; DuMont affiliate)
W2XVT (experimental; defunct; DuMont affiliate)
KE2XDR (experimental; defunct; DuMont affiliate)
Cathode ray tubes
Magic eye tube
OwnerAllen B. DuMuont
Allen B. DuMont (60%)
According to the FCC in 1953:
Allen B. DuMont
Allen B. DuMont (minority)
ParentParamount Pictures Inc. (40%)
Paramount Pictures Inc.
According to the Federal Communications Commission in 1953:
Paramount Pictures Inc. (majority)
(The FCC, in 1953, had ascertained that Paramount controlled DuMont Labs, even though Paramount only owned 40% of the company)[1]

Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc.[2] (printed on products as Allen B. Du Mont Laboratories, Inc., commonly referred to as DuMont Laboratories, shortened to DuMont Labs; referred to on company documents as DuMont) was an American television equipment manufacturer and broadcasting company. At one point it owned TV stations WABD (now WNYW; FOX O&O), KCTY (defunct; DuMont affiliate), W2XVT (experimental; defunct; DuMont affiliate), KE2XDR (experimental; defunct; DuMont affiliate), & WDTV (now KDKA-TV; CBS O&O), as well as WTTG (FOX O&O), all former affiliates of its defunct DuMont Television Network.

The company was founded in 1931, in Upper Montclair, by inventor Allen B. DuMont, with its headquarters in nearby Clifton. Among the company's developments were durable cathode ray tubes (CRTs) that would be used for TV and its magic eye tube.[3]


Dual-beam cathode ray oscilloscope type 322-A, Du Mont Laboratories, early 1950s[4]

In 1938, DuMont Labs began manufacturing televisions at a factory in nearby Passaic, New Jersey.[3]: 191  To sell TVs, it began the DuMont Television Network in 1942, one of the earliest TV networks. Later, they manufactured cameras and transmitters for TV. DuMont equipment was known for its high quality. The main CRT factory was in Clifton, New Jersey. It made black and white TV tubes as well as instrumentation and military fire control tubes in the early 1950s.

In 1956, under the ownership of Paramount, DuMont Labs shuttered the network and spun off WABD & WTTG to "DuMont Broadcasting Corporation". Eventually, the company was renamed "Metropolitan Broadcasting Company" in order to distance itself from the DuMont branding, which was seen as a failure. In 1958, John Kluge bought Paramount's stake in Metropolitan Broadcasting, renaming it to Metromedia.[3]: 38  DuMont's partner, Thomas T. Goldsmith, remained on Metromedia's board of directors until the stations were sold to the Fox Television Stations Group. Nearly every original DuMont television program is considered lost, and presumed destroyed. Only roughly 100 recordings of any DuMont series have been recovered.[5]

DuMont Labs eventually sold its TV manufacturing division to Emerson Radio in 1958. The remainder of the company merged into Fairchild Camera in 1960.[3]: 38  Fairchild later developed semiconductor microchips. Robert Noyce, founder of Intel, originally worked for DuMont Labs as an engineer.

DuMont Labs TVs outside the US were assembled under license in Montreal, Quebec, Canada by Canadian Aviation Electronics, currently a manufacturer of flight simulator and pilot training equipment.

Name ownership[edit]

On April 18, 2012, a US federal trademark registration was filed for "Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc." by Alan Levin of Cabin John, Maryland. The description provided to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for it is "Antennas for radio, for television; Electrical and optical cables; Electronic and optical communications instruments and components".[6]

However, by June 5, 2020, the trademark registration for "Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc." by Mr. Levin had lapsed, with the status having changed to "CONTINUED USE NOT FILED WITHIN GRACE PERIOD, UN-REVIVABLE", resulting in the trademark no longer being active,[7] with a search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website for the "Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc." trademark confirming the trademark's status as "DEAD".

See also[edit]


  2. ^ "Allen B. DuMont | American engineer and inventor". Encyclopedia Britannica. DuMont set up a company in 1931 that later was known as Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc.
  3. ^ a b c d Weinstein, David (2009). The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television. Temple University Press. ISBN 9781592134991.
  4. ^ DuMont 322-A at oscilloscopemuseum.org
  5. ^ Adams, Edie (March 1996). "Television/Video Preservation Study: Los Angeles Public Hearing". National Film Preservation Board. Library of Congress.
  6. ^ "ALLEN B DUMONT LABORATORIES INC. Trademark of Levin, Alan Serial Number: 85601141 :: Trademarkia Trademarks".
  7. ^ "ALLEN B DUMONT LABORATORIES INC. Trademark of Levin, Alan Serial Number: 85601141 :: Trademarkia Trademarks". trademark.trademarkia.com. Abandonment Notice! On Friday, June 5, 2020, status on the ALLEN B DUMONT LABORATORIES INC. trademark changed to CONTINUED USE NOT FILED WITHIN GRACE PERIOD, UN-REVIVABLE." "Status Update! On Friday, June 5, 2020, status on the ALLEN B DUMONT LABORATORIES INC. trademark changed to CONTINUED USE NOT FILED WITHIN GRACE PERIOD, UN-REVIVABLE.

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