Corning’s innovation and leadership in the display business is rooted in the earliest days of television.
RCA introduced a TV with a five-inch screen to crowds at the New York World’s Fair in April of 1939. The crowds were mesmerized. Making it work: a borosilicate-glass cathode ray bulb, made by Corning based on its experience with radar technology during World War I.
The phenomenon seemed poised for an enthusiastic market reception, and Corning filed patents to protect its innovations. But the onset of World War II later that year turned the attention of governments and businesses toward the war effort.
Corning continued manufacturing for radar and developed processes to produce glass components for cathode ray bulbs. By the end of World War II, it was ready to apply those processes to television, and the post-war public welcomed the innovation.