Jerrold Electronic television antennae outside of Meadville, PA, circa 1953.
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A black and white photograph of a group of antennas that made up the Barco cable system. A group of people pose in front of the antennas and several parked trucks.

Credit: Courtesy of The Cable Center, Barco Library

In the 1950s many towns in Pennsylvania were surrounded by mountains that obstructed the TV signals reaching in from nearby cities. To bring television to his home town of Meadville, former Pennsylvania deputy attorney general George Barco in 1952 formed Meadville Master Antenna Inc. (MMA), and hired Jerrold Electronics run by Milton Shapp, who would serve as the Commonwealth's governor between 1971 and 1979, to build its community antenna systems.

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