1976    FAIRCHILD    1976

YEAR

POINTS  OF  INTEREST

SUPPORTING  DOCUMENTS

NOTES  &  INFORMATION

JUNE  15
1976

FAIRCHILD
Video Entertainment
System
ANNOUNCMENT


CES Announcment

News Article Published
JUNE  15  1976

Announced at the CES in Chicago
(Consumer Electronics Show)

AUGUST  31
1976

Channel F Game
System
PATENT  FILLED

PDF Image of
US Patent # 4095791

Includes System Drawings

Patent Applied for
AUGUST  31  1976
by
Ron Smith & Nicholas F. Talesfore

OCTOBER
1976

FCC  APPROVAL
Received

PDF Image of
Fairchild Annual Report to
Employeees 1976


 

According to the
Fairchild 1976 Annual Report
The FCC Approval was Granted
in October 1976 and Limited Shipments
Took Place During the 1976 Holiday Season

NOVEMBER
1976

SYSTEM  LAUNCH
with 3 Videocarts


1976 Launch Brochure

FALL  ( NOVEMBER ) 1976
1976 Christmas Season
( Limited Shipments Took Place During )
( The 1976 Holiday Season )

1977    FAIRCHILD    1977

APRIL  15
1977

6  VIDEOCARTS


News Journel Mansfiled Ohio

Newspaper Add Published
APRIL  15  1977

List MATH QUIZ #6 ( + -)

AUGUST  11
1977

7  VIDEOCARTS


Independent Long Beach, Ca.

Newspaper Add Published
AUGUST  11  1977

Shows MATH QUIZ #7 ( X - / )

AUGUST  30
1977

10  VIDEOCARTS

    

Waterloo Courier, Iowa
Fall 1977 Brochure

Newspaper Add Published
AUGUST  30  1977
Add says 10 Optional Cartridges,
Fall 77 Brochure says 10 Carts Available
**** NOTE ****
Add Mentions Baseball which is cart #12
77 Brochure shows screen shoots
of # 12 but not 8 or 9 Looks like
they released some games out of order

DECEMBER  11
1977

12  VIDEOCARTS


Syracuse Herald Journal, N.Y.

Newspaper Add Published
DECEMBER  11  1977

List Games 1 thru 12 with Screen Shoots

1978    FAIRCHILD    1978

SPRING
1978

17  VIDEOCARTS

 
SPRING  1978  Brochure

SPRING  1978

Brochure Lists 17 Carts Available

FALL
1978

20  VIDEOCARTS

24 Carts Listed
But only 20 could
have been available

Cover shows the
SYSTEM II
for the first time.

System II Sales
by Fairchild Started
at this time
(Info Link)

 

FALL  1978  Brochure

This is probably the last
brochure Fairchild produced
 

FALL  1978
Brochure Lists 21 Regular Carts along
with 3 Keyboard Carts ( K-1 Thru K-3).

The Keyboard Carts & Controller along with
#19 Checkers were never Manufactured by Fairchild leaving only 20 carts available

I am beginning to believe Fairchild never sold
any cart numbers higher then 17 before
selling to Schlumberger/Zircon but if they did
it would certainly have been only a few

1979    FAIRCHILD    1979

MID
1979

FAIRCHILD  SELLS
Channel F
Game System Rights

STILL  LOOKING  FOR
DOCUMENTATION
WITH  DATE  OF  TRANSFER

Not Sure if Fairchild sold off the Channel F
to Zircon Prior to Schlumberger Acquisition
or if Schlumberger Sold it after But either
Way I am convinced it all happened around
the same time in MID 1979

The System II was produced near the end of Fairchilds ownership, Mid to Late 1978.
(See Cover of the 1978 Red Brochure above)
New Information has been added
(Click Link Here) showing that Fairchild did sell the System II's just prior to selling to Zircon

 

1979    SCHLUMBERGER    1979

JULY  1
1979

SCHLUMBERGER
Acquires Fairchild
Camers & Instrument
Corporation

Schlumberger
Financial Report

News Paper Add
New York Times, N.Y.

Newspaper Article Published
OCTOBER  26  1979

Notes that the Fairchilds Financial
reports have been included with
Schlumberger since July 1  1979

 

1979    ZIRCON    1979

MID TO LATE
1979

ZIRCON
Takes Over and
begins Closeout Sale

System II & Demo 1
Officially Available

 
Closeout Sale Brochure

MID TO LATE  1979

Looks like ZIRCON'S original
plan was to simply liquidate the excess stock.

Carts 1 thru 18 plus 20, 21 & 51 available

NOTE  #51 is the Demo 1 Cart

NOVEMBER
1979

System II
Parts Available


Parts Order Form
List parts for System II

Sales Flyer Dated
NOVEMBER  1979

System II Parts available

1980    ZIRCON    1980

JANUARY
1980

Now Only 15
Videocarts Available
Due to Closeout Sale
and Non Production

 
Game Order Form
Oct 79 / Revised Jan 1980

Buy Direct Sales Flyer Dated
JAN  1980

List Videocarts
1 Thru 13   and   16 & 21
As Available

AUGUST  26
1980

Zircon Decides to
Pick up were Fairchild
left off

First release of
Carts 19, 22, 23 & 24

 

August 26  1980
Zircon Releases four New games
# 19, 22, 23 & 24

4 New Games Released &
Special Free Demo Cartridge Offer

OCTOBER  29
1980

First Time All
24  VIDEOCARTS
Are Available

Zircon's First Production
Run of previously Sold
Out Games

 
Sales Flyer
In Dated Envelope 10-29-80

FALL  1980
Zircon produces there first Production Run
of previously released Fairchild games.
Now For the first time there is a full line
of 24 games available but the 4 new games
sell out in 30 days According to there next
Flyer

I think they may be stretching the facts
as the first offer was on 8-26-80 but sent
another offer 10-29-80 that at least 63 days.

1981    ZIRCON    1981

MID
1981

Second Production Run
of the previously
sold out New games


Keep the Good Time Rolling
Flyer 1981

MID  1981
Zircon Re-releases (new production run)
of there four New Games
# 19, 22, 23 & 24

CHECKERS Videocart # 19 was only available for the
30 Day period after the first Zircon Production Run in 1980 and then again for a short time in mid 1981
(see the "Keep the Good Times Rolling" flyer above)
it was not available for the 1981 Christmas Season or anytime after

CHRISTMAS
1981

LAST TWO GAMES
Released


 

25  VIDEOCARTS
No Cart # 19

   
Sales Flyer 2 New Releases


1981 Christmas Brochure

CHRISTMAS  SEASON  1981
Flyer & Brochure came in same Envelope

LAST two games Released
Videocarts # 25 & 26

No Cart #19 Available

1982    ZIRCON    1982

CHRISTMAS
1982

24  VIDEOCARTS

No Cart #18 or 19

 
Brochure 1982
Christmas Season

CHRISTMAS  SEASON  1982
No more cart # 18

CHRISTMAS
1982

JET-STICK
CONTROLLER
Release


Sales Flyer
Rapid Fire Jet-Stick

CHRISTMAS  SEASON  1982
Zircon offers its first and only new accessory
Rapid Fire Joystick Called the Jet-Stick

Came in Envelope with above 1982 Brochure

1983    ZIRCON    1983

       
       

1984    ZIRCON    1984