NBC Logos throughout the years

A member of the Old Time Radio Lovers group recently shared the image above that includes all of NBC’s logos dating back to 1926. Some of these are truly iconic.

Of course, versions of the rainbow peacock have been used most of my lifetime, so they’re immediately identifiable. I also like the NBC “snake” logo used between 1959-1975.

But if I had to pick my favorite, it would be the 1942 logo.

How about you? What is your favorite logo?  Please comment!

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6 thoughts on “NBC Logos throughout the years

  1. Jack K

    The snake loses its charm unless you can see the animation. That and the peacock “The following program is brought to you in living color.” are the ones I grew up with. But putting them all together like this, the peacock on top of the black NBC seems to strike me as the most attractive. On the other side, that 1976 N was one dumb idea.

    1. Bob

      And that 1976 N cost NBC dearly in money and PR. Turned out that Nebraska Public TV used the same logo, all in red (Cornhuskers!). The network fell into third place and it took them years to dig out of that hole.

  2. Joe Patti KD2QBK

    I grew up with the first peacock and the snake logos. But I have an replica set of the NBC chimes on the wall in my work office. NBC sold them in conjunction with the manufacturer in the late 50’s. Saw them in a music store window in Philly in the 80’s and snapped them up.

    1. Rob

      Very nice! I just looked up an original set* over at eBay. It was at $1200 and still bidding.

      *I have no idea as to its authenticity. Just reporting what I saw.

  3. Rob

    I like the 54-59 “chime” logo. It has post-war cool, and hearkens back to when the chimes were used to cover the sound of patch panel plug changes. They’re all interesting in their own ways.


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