Sunday, October 12, 2008

RCA 730TV1 Radio-Television (1947)

The TV was actually delivered to your home in two cartons, one for the console and a separate carton for the picture tube, a 10BP4. This was a BIG SCREEN TV in 1947! The service tech came out from the RCA dealer and installed the CRT right in your home and then taught you how to work the set.
Needless to say, RCA quickly found a way to ship fully assembled sets by the next year! The set has a wonderful AM-FM radio on the right, and a multi-speed record changer under the top right cover. It has a huge 12 inch speaker below, and a 10in screen.
The cabinet is a beautiful walnut veneer. Two walnut doors open to reveal the CRT and the radio dial and controls.

About RCA - Television In the early 1920s, David Sarnoff publicly speculated on the possibility of "every farmhouse equipped not only with a sound-receiving device but with a screen that would mirror the sights of life." Sarnoff's historic meeting with engineer Vladimir Zworykin set the stage for RCA's success at electronic television transmission and reception. The engineer had already successfully demonstrated his "iconoscope" camera and "kinescope" receiver. Ten years later, Sarnoff introduced television at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. Visitors during the fair not only got to see television, they actually brought home wallet cards to prove they'd been "televised." President Franklin D. Roosevelt, present at the creation of RCA and a frequent speaker on radio, became the first president to be seen on television when the fair's opening ceremonies were telecast ten days later. Before long, consumer television development was halted as the country entered World War II. By late 1939, pioneering tests had proved that television could be used aboard aircraft. RCA was ready. For months, the Radio Corporation had been planning for the eventual involvement of U.S. forces in the growing conflict. Manufacturing plants were converted for war production in order to fill orders for sound equipment, mine detectors, sonar equipment, bomb fuses, radio tubes, and even phonograph records to entertain the troops. On December 7, 1941, Sarnoff sent an RCA Radiogram to President Roosevelt after learning about the attack at Pearl Harbor. "All our facilities and personnel are ready and at your instant service," Sarnoff wrote. "We await your commands."

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