Postwar American Television
(1948 - 15 inch)
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Here is a quote from the March, 1949 issue of Radio-Electronics:
The Sightmaster Corporation has taken advantage
of the "one-way" mirror to present a viewing screen that
looks like a decorative mirror when the set is turned off. As the
photograph shows, the receiver resembles a period furniture piece.
When it is turned on, the cathode-ray tube transmits the image
through the mirror. Since the mirror is not quite completely
transparent, it is said to act as a filter, reducing glare. The
manufacturer is offering custom installations with the Sightmirror as
well as the standard receiver.
We only have the cabinet for this set. However, the chassis was made
by Transvision, and it is likely that we will find a chassis some day. Here is a patent describing the mirror, courtesy of Dave Abramson.
September, 1948 Radio & Television News