Work on the creation of this simple television receiver was
conducted in Leningrad at the Radio Operator Plant, the first
enterprise in the country oriented to the mass production of
television sets. The 17 TH-1 was developed in the plant
laboratory at the end of 1939. The kinescope for this set had a
circular screen 17 cm, developed by A.S. Buchinskim and A.G.
Yakovlev. It was produced in the Svetlana Plant. This set could
receive both 343 line transmissions from Moscow and 240 line
transmissions from Leningrad. Before the Second World War the
plant produced 2000 sets. In 1940 small quantities of the model 17
TH-3, built in a horizontal configuration, were produced.