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Early Electronic Television

Surviving Early Electronic TV Sets

Our American database is comprehensive. However, our British and European databases are incomplete. If you have information on the location of any pre-1945 TV sets, please contact us. All information will be kept in confidence.

Sets added:

2005 2011
2006 2012
2007 2013
2008 2014
2009 Summary 2005-2013
2010  

American Electronic Sets

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

American Television Corp. VK-5 Kinet 9 inch Slave  
1
Anonymous
 
Andrea 1-F-5
4
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (3)
20
Chuck Azzalina
Richard Dean
Peter Dieguez
John Folsom
Dave Sica
Luc Sirois
Anonymous**

Anonymous (13)

 

2-F-12
1
Early Television Museum
1
Chuck Azzalina
 
8-F-12
2
Early Television Museum
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)

 

 
KT-E-5
5
Auman Museum (OH)
Early Television Museum (2)
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
6
Richard Brewster
Hugo Holden
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (3)

 

 
Bell and Howell 1944 Projection Console
1
Early Television Museum

 

 
Don Lee 9"  

 

 

1
Anonymous
12"
1
UCLA (CA)

 

 
12" Mirror in Lid
1
UCLA (CA) **

 

 
DuMont 180, 180X
5
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (3)
Smithsonian Institute (DC)
4
Anonymous (4)
 
181, 181X
1
Smithsonian Institute (DC)
1
Chuck Azzalina
 
183, 183X
1
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
Smithsonian Institute (DC)

 

3
Tom Genova
Mike Molnar
Ed Reitan

 

190
1
MZTV (Toronto)
   
195
1
Smithsonian Institute (DC)

 

 
Emerson 304  
1
Anonymous
 
Farnsworth 9 inch console  
1
Anonymous ****
 
General Electric 90
1
Early Television Museum
1
Anonymous

 

7" Prototype  
1
Darryl Hock
 
GM-295
2
Elwood Museum, Amsterdam, NY
GE Factory Museum
   
GM-297  
1*
Anonymous
 
HM-171
5
Auman Museum (OH) **
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)

 

15
Eric Coon
Darryl Hock
Dave Johnson Estate
Mike Molnar (2)
Nat Pendleton
Don Sellers
Luc Sirois
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (6)
 
HM-185
1
Early Television Museum
5
Eric Coon
Darryl Hock
Mike Molnar
Don Saltzman
Anonymous
 
HM-225
5
Benton County Historical Society
Early Television Museum
GE Factory Museum
Henry Ford Museum (MI)
MZTV (Toronto)
4
Darryl Hock
Anonymous (3)
 

 

HM-226
4
Early Television Museum
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
MZTV (Toronto)
1
Darryl Hock
1
Anonymous
HM-275  

2

Chuck Azzalina

Mike Molnar

 
Meissner 10-1153 Kit
3
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
9
Hugo Holden
Mike Molnar
Anonymous (7)
 
10-1153 Kit in cabinet
2
Early Television Museum
History San Jose

 

 

4
Chuck Azzalina
Luc Sirois
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (1)
 
Philco 12" Mirror in Lid  
1
Anonymous

 

10" Direct view 1939 model
1
Atwater Kent Museum (PA)
   
10TRS  
1
Anonymous
 
7" 1940 vision only table model  
1
Chuck Azzalina
 
RCA 1932 Field Trial  
1
Darryl Hock
 
RR-359 9"
1
Early Television Museum
1
Darryl Hock
 
RR-359 A-1 9" (Russian version) also labeled TK-1

3
Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)
Moscow Polytechnic Institute (2)

 

1
Darryl Hock
 
RR-359B 12"
6
AWA Museum (NY)
NHK Museum (Japan)
Smithsonian Institute (DC) (2)
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
MZTV (Toronto)
5
Darryl Hock
Mike Molnar
Ed Reitan
Anonymous (2)
 
TRK-5
5
Early Television Museum
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
Smithsonian Institute (DC)
12
Eric Coon
John Estep
Darryl Hock
Ken Korhonen
Nat Pendleton
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (6)
2
Anonymous (2)
TRK-9/90
7
Astor Classics Event Center
Early Television Museum
Indiana State Museum
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
MZTV (Toronto) (3)
8
Eric Coon
Darryl Hock
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (5)

 

1
Anonymous
TRK-12/120
27
Auman Museum (OH)
Canada Science and Technology
Museum (Ottawa)
Disneyland (FL)
Early Television Museum 1 1* 1**
FDR Home (NY)
Indiana State Museum
Museum of the Moving Image (NY) (2)
MZTV (Toronto) (9) 1*
Schenectady Museum (NY)
Smithsonian Instutute (DC) (3)
UCLA (CA) (2)
Wolfsonian Museum (FL)
57
Chuck Azzalina
Dunedin Collection
Eric Coon
Frank Heselton
Brian Kerfoot
Marty Mintzell
Mike Molnar
Ed Reitan
Dave Sica
Dave Sica *
Luc Sirois
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (42)(1*)
3
Anonymous (3)
Lucite TRK-12
2
Australian Centre for the Moving Image*****
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 
TRP-90
1
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 
TT-5
7
Early Television Museum
History Museum of Springfield/Green County
(MO)
Indiana State Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (3)
Smithsonian Institute (DC)
15
Sonny Clutter
Eric Coon
Tom Genova*
Darryl Hock
Mike Molnar
Luc Sirois
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (8)
1
Anonymous
Sears/Silvertone 126-214 (TT-5)
1
MZTV (Toronto)
1
Darryl Hock
 
 

TRK-5

 

   
7270  (TRK-12)  
1
John Folsom
 
Sparton 10-BL
1
Early Television Museum *

 

 

 
Stromberg-Carlson 112-ML
1
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 

Westinghouse WRT-700 (TT-5)
1
Early Television Museum
1
Anonymous
 
WRT-701 (TRK-5)
2
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto)
1
Anonymous *

 

 

WRT-702 (TRK-9)
1
Early Television Museum

 

 
WRT-703 (TRK-12)
1
Early Television Museum
3
Mike Molnar
Anonymous (1)
 
Zenith 12" Mirror in Lid  
1
Anonymous
1
Anonymous
12" Mirror in Lid - Blonde  
1
Anonymous
 

Total

 

118

193

11

* Cabinet only   ** Chassis only *** Incomplete ****Existed in 1999, current location unknown *****Original chassis, replica cabinet

British Electronic Sets

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Baird T-5
3
Hastings Museum (England)
National Media Museum (England)
Museum Victoria (Australia)
6
Dunedin Collection
Anonymous (5)

 

T-14  
1
Michael Bennett-Levy
 
T-18  
2
Anonymous (2)
 
T-18C
1
Early Television Museum ***
1
Anonymous
 
T-20    
1
Anonymous
T-23
2
Early Television Museum
National Media Museum (England)
3
David Boynes
Anonymous (2)
 
12" 1938-39 prototype  
1
Anonymous
 
Cossor 54
1
Early Television Museum
10
Mike Barker
Michael Bennett-Levy
David Boynes
Brian Cuff
Anonymous (6)

   

137T
1
Early Television Museum
4
Michael Bennett-Levy
David Boynes
Anonymous (2)
 
437T  
2
Dunedin Collection
Michael Bennett-Levy
 
1210
3
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Early Television Museum
National Media Museum (England)

 

6
Michael Bennett-Levy
Dunedin Collection
Brian Cuff
Richard Mensinger ***
Anonymous (2)

 

Ekco TA-201
1
Early Television Museum
6
David Boynes
Anonymous (5)
 
TS-701  
3
David Boynes
Dunedin Collection
Jon Evans
 
Ferranti Model B
1
National Media Museum (England) **

 

 
GEC BT-0070    
1
Anonymous
BT-3701
1
Pittstone Green Museum (England)

 

 

BT-8090
1
Powerhouse Museum (England)
 
1
Anonymous
BT-8121  
1
Anonymous
 
BT-8161  
1
Brian Cuff*
 
BT-9121  
2
David Boynes
Anonymous
 
HMV 900
4
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Early Television Museum
National Museum of Scotland
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
15
Ian Blackbourn
David Boynes
Hugh Davies
Draenog
Steve Harris
Nigel Taylor
Ian Watson
Anonymous (8)
 
901
2
Early Television Museum
National Museum of Scotland
3
David Boynes
Anonymous (2)

 

902
2
Early Television Museum
National Media Museum (England)
6
David Boynes
Dunedin Collection
Michael Bennett-Levy
Anonymous (3)

 

903  
1
Anonymous
 
904
4
Early Television Museum
Museum of Branding (England)
National Media Museum (England)
National Museum of Scotland

 

15
Ian Blackburn
David Boynes
Peter Carlton
Dunedin Collection
Tom Genova
Rahel Rimon
Anonymous (9)
1
Anonymous
905
3
Canada Science Museum (Ottawa)
Early Television Museum
National Media Museum (England)
7
Dunedin Collection
Michael Bennett-Levy
Ian Watson
Anonymous (4)

 

907
3
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Early Television Museum
National Museum of Scotland

 

 

 

 

6
Dunedin Collection
Paul Richens
Anonymous (4)

 

1800
1
Early Television Museum

 

 
1850  
1
Michael Bennett-Levy
 
Invicta TL-4    
1
Anonymous
TL-5  
1
Michael Bennett-Levy
 
Marconi 701
2
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
National Media Museum (England)
3
Dunedin Collection
Anonymous (2)
 
702
4
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Early Television Museum
Kuba Museum (Germany)
MZTV (Toronto)
8
David Boynes
Ian McLaughlin
John Sully
Ian Watson
Anonymous (4)

 

703  
6
David Boynes
Peter Carlton
Brian Cuff
Anonymous (3)
 
704  

1

Anonymous

 
705
1
Early Television Museum
6
Anonymous (6)

 

706
2
DASA Deutsche Arbeitsschutz-Ausstellung (Germany)
Museum of Technoloty (England)

 

8
Brian Cuff
Draenog
Steve Heap
Anonymous (5)
2
Anonymous (2)
707
4
Auman Museum (OH)
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Early Television Museum
National Media Museum (England)

 

13
David Boynes
Dunedin Collection
Michael Bennett-Levy
Anonymous (10)

 

709
1
Early Television Museum
5
Anonymous (5)
2
Anonymous (2)
9 inch MIL 1937 prototype  
1
Anonymous (1)

 

Murphy A42V
3
Mill Green Museum (England) *
National Media Museum (England)
Science Museum (England)

 

4
Michael Bennett-Levy
Mike Barker
Anonymous
Anonymous *
1
Anonymous (1)
A56V
1
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
6
Mike Barker
Michael Bennett-Levy
Dunedin Collection (2)
Anonymous (2)
1
Anonymous
A58V
1
Early Television Museum
6
Mike Barker
David Boynes
Nigel Taylor
Ian Watson
Anonymous (2)

 

V84
1
Mill Green Museum (England)
   
Pye 815
1
Early Television Museum
5
Brian Cuff
Anonymous (4)
1
Anonymous
817 National Media Museum (England)
3
Derby Silk Mill Museum (England)
Early Television Museum
 
1
Anonymous
1
Anonymous
819    
1
Anonymous
838
1
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
2
David Boynes
Dunedin Collection
 
843
1
National Media Museum (England)

 

1

Anonymous

 

4043  
1
Anonymous
 
4046  
1
Anonymous
 
12C  
1
Anonymous
 
RGD 371
2
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
R.G.D. Museum (England)
   
382-RG
2
Early Television Museum
R.G.D. Museum (England)
   
Truphonic 12 inch

 

1
Michael Bennett-Levy

 

 
Ultra T20    
2
Anonymous (2)
T22
2
National Media Museum (England)(2)
1
Ian McLaughlin
 
Unknown/Home made ?
1
Early Television Museum
   

Total

 

67

185

15

* Cabinet only   ** Chassis only *** Incomplete

German Prewar Electronic Sets

Gerolf Poetschke's site has pictures of 40 surviving German pre-1945 electronic sets, and information on another 16 that are known to exist.

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Blaupunkt E1
1
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
   
Fernseh 1936/37 15 inch model    
1
Anonymous
E1
1
Robert Bosch Archiv, Stuttgart
   
DE-6
6
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Museum für Kommunikation Museumsstiftung Heusenstamm (3)
Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, Potsdam
Deutsches Museum Munich
1
Liesenfeld collection, Heiligenstadt
1
Anonymous
Loewe 1932 Ardenne Receiver
4
Museum fuer Kommunikation Frankfurt
DASA, Dortmund
Hessenpark, Neu-Anspach
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
   
FE-A
1
Museum für Kommunikation Museumsstiftung Heusenstamm
   
FE-B
3
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
   
FE-B Studio
1
Museum für Kommunikation Museumsstiftung Heusenstamm
   
FE-D
1
Depot Kronach
   
Lorenz 1936 model
2
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
Deutsches Museum Munich **
   
Mueller 1935 prototype    
1
Anonymous
TeKaDe FE-38
1
Rundfunkmuseum Fuerth
   
Telefunken 1935 model
1
Museum fuer Kommunikation Frankfurt
   
E1
3
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Museum für Kommunikation Museumsstiftung Heusenstamm
Museum fuer Kommunikation Frankfurt
1
Sammlung Nehrig
 
FE - III
2
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
Deutsches Museum Munich
1
Liesenfeld collection, Heiligenstadt
 
FE-IV
1
Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, Potsdam
   
FE - IV Spezial
1
Museum für Kommunikation Museumsstiftung Heusenstamm
   
FE - VI
7
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Museum für Kommunikation Museumsstiftung Heusenstamm
Museum fuer Kommunikation Frankfurt
Technisches Museum Breitensee Depot , Vienna
Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, Potsdam
Rundfunkmuseum Fuerth
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
2
Roggisch collection, Munich
Liesenfeld collection, Heiligenstadt
 
Unknown E1
1
Rundfunkmuseum Fuerth **
   

Total

 

37

5

3

* Cabinet only   ** Chassis only

*** Incomplete

Other European / Japanese Electronic Sets

Below are surviving sets from other European countries.

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Allocchio Bacchini (Italy) 1939 model

1

   
CDC (France) 1935 model
1
CNAM Museum
   
Chauvierre Visiodyne (France) Baby
1
CNAM Museum
   
Emyradio (France) 95
2
Association du Centre Historique de la Diffusion Radiophonique
Radio France Museum
1
Anonymous
 
6 inch 455 line (1939)
1
CNAM Museum
   
Pathe-Marconi (France) ?  
1
Anonymous
 
Grammont (France) 1937 model
1
CNAM Museum
   
1939 model  
1
Anonymous
 
Radiomarelli (Italy) RV-175
1
Unknown
   
RV-800
1
Unknown
   
Leningrad Radio Operator Plant (Russia) 17TH-1
2
Moscow Polytechnic Museum
Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)
   
17TH-3 1

Moscow Polytechnic Museum

   
Panasonic (Japan) 1938 prototype
1
Unknown
   
Safar (Italy) 1939 prototype
1
RAI Museum Turin
   
Victor (Japan) ?
1
Unknown
   

Total

 

15

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