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1954–1955 1955–1957 1957–1959 1959–1960
1954–1955 1955–1957 1957–1959 1959–1960
1960–1970 1964–1967 1967–1970 1970–1972
1960–1970 1964–1967 1967–1970 1970–1972

National Educational Television (NET) was the predecessor network to PBS, launching on May 16, 1954 and ceasing operations on October 4, 1970. Despite its closure, NET's production units carried the name over to shows they produced for PBS until 1972.


NET - 1954
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Custom (NET)
Franklin Gothic
Launched:  May 16, 1954


NET - 1955
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Custom (initials)
Launched:  1955


NET Logo (1955)
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Futura Bold
Launched:  October 24, 1957


NET Logo 1959
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  October 1959

In October 1959, the first iteration of the "NET House" logo was introduced, featuring a house with a new NET wordmark situated inside it, along with an antenna placed on the left of the roof. This was used in tandem with the next one until November 20, 1960.


NET Logo 1962
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Venus Bold Extended (modified)
Launched:  April 17, 1960
June 1967 (relaunch)

On April 17, 1960, the "NET House" was updated into its since-familiar iteration, slightly updating the wordmark, spacing it out from the previous logo and releasing it from the bottom portion of the house. Additionally, the roof is now thicker, and now connects to the end of the "T".

Although replaced on-screen in 1964, this logo would be use in print ads throughout 1964–1967. in June 1967, the logo returned on-screen with a new, colorized variant (see below), running until its eventual replacement by PBS in late 1970.


NET Logo 1963-1967 Vector
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  November 1964

In November 1964, the "NET House" was replaced on-screen by a globe with a flame inside it, with the wordmark now being rendered in a futuristic-looking wordmark, slightly resembling the 1959 one.


NET Logo 1962 (Color)
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Venus Bold Extended (modified)
Launched:  June 1967

The 1960 logo returned on-screen in June 1967, with the roof now appearing in blue, as well as the wordmark now being rendered in 3 colors: red for "N", yellow for "E", and blue for "T". This move was made as the network had at the time, just started broadcasting in color. On-screen, white "shadows" would appear behind the logo, making the logo appear "3D".

NET was deactivated as a public television network on October 4, 1970, and was replaced by PBS the following day.


Better NET
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Burko
Launched:  October 5, 1970

In time for the transition to PBS, WNDT became present-day WNET on October 1, 1970. 4 days later (following NET's final day as a public television network), a new, separate identity for NET was introduced for the station's then-active shows produced in-house (including NET Journal and NET Playhouse), different from before. The logo was simplified, with the letters now being rendered in a Bauhaus 93-like font.

The NET name was fully retired in March 1972, when NET was fully merged into PBS.

See also[]

National Educational Television