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Postwar American Television

Farnsworth GV-260 Prototype

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(1946 - 10 inch)

In 1945 the Capehart-Farnsworth company started design of their first postwar set. This is a prototype of the production model GV260, which was sold in early 1947.

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The set has the tuner tubes and adjustments on the side of the cabinet, so apparently it was built to test the tuner. Serial number is B1001014, probably meaning it was #14 off the assembly line.

A pre-production prototype has been discovered, the earliest known so far. Photos show that modifications were done to the original chassis and cabinet. Parts from later TV’s were used, including the sync chassis, front control plate and an RCA 8TS30 tuner. The face of the cabinet was modified/drilled to fit differently located control shafts and large fine tuning knob on tuner.

More pictures of our prototype
Pictures of the pre-production prototype
Other Farnsworth GV-260 prototypes