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Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Electronic Television

General Electric HM-171

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Screen Size 5 inch
Year Made 1939
Quantity Manufactured ?
Original Cost $250
Number Still in Existence See Pre-1945 Database
Cabinet Refinished
Chassis Restored


Advertising literature
Technical information
Information on TV sound

This set was introduced in 1939. It has a 5 inch screen, but to get the audio, it had to be connected to a separate radio. Many radios made in 1939-41 included a connection on the back for television.

Here is a photo of the set in operation

The General Electric H640 radio, made with a TV audio input connector, for use with the HM-171 television receiver