Museum Hours:

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Electronic Television

Build Your Own TV Set

Before World War Two several magazine articles appeared in the U.S. and Britain giving details on building TV receivers. Here are some of them.

American Designs

10 by 8 Inch Television Images How to Build a 441 T. R. F. Television Receiver
Adapting "R & T" Television Receiver for 7" Tube Low Cost Experimental Television Receiver
Adding a 3 inch C. R. Tube to the Low Cost Television Receiver Philadelphia Wireless Technical Institute receiver
Build Your Own Television Receiver RCA Encourages Amateurs
Building a Low Cost Television Receiver Television Training Institute receiver
Building Television Receivers with Standard CRT Tubes The R & T Videophone
The Construction of Television Receivers The 10-Tube "R & T" Television Receiver
A Deflection and Video Chassis for Television Reception Using Electromagnetic-Deflection Cathode-Ray Tubes
A Design for Living - With Television Using Your Oscilloscope for Television Reception
An Electrostatic-Deflection Kinescope Unit  


British Designs

The Book of Practical Television, edited by G. V. Dowding, published in 1935, printed pictures and a description of a television receiver built by its writers.
In July of 1937 Wireless World, a British publication, ran a series of five articles with full details on building a television receiver. The design of this set is typical of those made in England in 1936 and 37. It is posted here for those who are interested in the technical details of early receivers. The file is quite large - high speed connection suggested


Modern Replicas

HMV 904 replica made by Victor Barker
Chauvierre Visiodyne Baby replica made by André Chompret
Replicas made by Jack Neitz