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Early Electronic Television

Murphy

More information on Murphy pre-1945 sets

A42V (1937) 12 inch. Original price 65 Pounds. 

A56V (1938) 9 inch. Original price 30 Pounds. View of  inside, and a picture of the set in a dealer's window in 1938

A58V (1938) 9 inch. Original price 45 Pounds. View of inside.

V84T (1939) 9 inch

V84C/V86C

Courtesy of Jon Evans

V88C (1939)

Courtesy of Jon Evans

 

The information below is courtesy of Mike Barker:

Production figures for 1937 and 1938 Murphy television receivers:

A42V (12" Mirror Lid console TV only 1937) 62 receivers
Yes that's all, and it is stated that a number were used for television training and were never sold.

A56V (9" direct view console TV only 1938) 1445 receivers

A58V (9" direct view console TV incorporating A46 radio unit 1938) 225 receivers

V84T (9" direct view table receiver) unknown, only one is known to survive.

V84C/V86C unknown, none known to survive.

V88C unknown, none known to survive.

The V84/V86/V88 models were released just as WWII started. With no TV signal from Ally Pally any production runs would have been used as parts throughout the war.

A batch of V86C's were stored at the Murphy factory and were given a full overhaul and designated as V86CA in 1946 for the re-introduction of the TV service, so there may just be a few of those sitting in granny's attic rooms? who knows.

Almost certainly none of the V84/V86/V88 series were sold to the public before the war.

The A56V was very heavily subsidised at 30Gns (30 pounds and 30 shillings for those who can't remember) by the radio side of manufacturing to gain market presence and also deliver an excellent TV at an affordable price.