Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, August 27th, 1939, straight from the weekly television listings printed in The New York Times. This is an important week for television history for two reasons. First, what was likely the very first movie trailer was broadcast on Friday, September 1st (I wrote about this back in May). More importantly, scenes from the Thursday, August 31st broadcast of the Dion Boucicault play “The Streets of New York” are the earliest known surviving footage from television in the United States. An excerpt is available for viewing online at the Paley Center for Media’s Website; read more about it here.
Tuesday, August 29th, 1939
12-1PM – Phillippe de Flores, Mexican singer; films; variety and news.
8:30-9:30PM – Play, “Dulcy,” by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly, with Helen Claire and Tom Powers.
Wednesday, August 30th, 1939
12-1PM – Variety program; films; George Ross, Broadway columnist, and news.
8:30-9:30PM – Harvest Moon Ball, at Madison Square Garden.
Thursday, August 31st, 1939 
12-1PM – Fashion Show; Films; Mechanized Cavalry Parade on Fifth Avenue.
8:30-9:30PM – Play, “The Streets of New York,” by Dion Boucicault, with George Coulouris, Joyce Arling, Norman Lloyd.
Friday, September 1st, 1939 
12-1PM – Interview; Film; Variety Program; Leland Stowe, Correspondent.
3-4PM – Army Air Show, Mitchel Field.
8:30-9PM – “Vox Pop” Interviews
9-9:30PM – “Twinkletoes,” a New Wayburn program, and a film preview of “Golden Boy.”