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Postwar American Television

Transvision

Transvision was a manufacturer of television kits, located in New Rochelle, New York. They made several models, including 7, 10 and 12 inch sets. Sightmaster, located in New York City, sold sets using Transvision chassis. It is unclear if the companies had common ownership, or if Sightmaster simply purchased chassis from Transvision.

Advertising literature Transvision antenna
Magazine articles Transvision calalog
Article by Mark Flomenhoft  

Filene's Department Store, late 40s.

Gift to girls--Boys of the radio-television class at Bay Ridge High School [located at 4th Avenue and 67th Street] present a television set to girls of the school. The boys made the set under the direction of Peter T. Vitale, their instructor. The smiling students, left to right, are Robert McLaughlin of 277 Dahlgren Place, Edward Lundin of 402 75th St., Leonard Swenson of 433 78th St., Marilyn Knudsen of 455 64th St., Carolyn Vertucci of 387 Clinton St. and Zelda Simen of 271 61st St., president, treasurer and secretary, respectively, of the high school's General Organization.

Courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library

Here is a story from Walter Froehlich, W2WIQ (a Ham since 1947), describing how he assembled Transvision sets and sold them:

Believe it or not but I actually built a number of these kits, starting in 1947 and through 1949.

I would take orders for these in my store. The customer would choose the model and cabinet. I would then have to call Transvision and place an order.

The cabinets were made outside so I had to get a date when the kit and cabinet would be ready for pick-up. I then traveled to New Rochelle to pick them up.

It would take me about a day and a half to build, align, and install in the cabinet.

I can never forget the one family in-law that purchased one for Christmas. My shop was in New Jersey and they lived in Brooklyn. Of course it was the day of the big snow strom of 24 inches. Arriving there around 11 AM my brother and I had to install a roof antenna, line up with the Empire State building, adjust the channels and show them how to operate it. Leaving at 1 PM we had to shovel cars and busses so we could get by. Arriving home at midnight what do you think was next? Yes, we had to shovel all that snow to park my car.

I never had to make service calls on the sets I built. That's what we call the good old days.

Hope you enjoyed my little story about Transvision Television.

Transvision sets in our collection:

Transvision kit Transvision 10 inch kit
Transvision kit in factorty cabinet Sightmaster S-15
Transvision kit in Telekit cabinet Sightmaster Americana
Transvision kit with 5 inch CRT