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Surviving Early Electronic TV Sets

Our American database is comprehensive. However, our British and European databases are incomplete. If you have information on the location of any pre-1945 TV sets, please contact us. All information will be kept in confidence.

Sets added:

2005 2013
2006 2014
2007 2015
2008 2016
2009 2017
2010 2018
2011 Summary 2005-2017
2012  

American Electronic Receivers and Monitors

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

American Television Corp. VK-5 Kinet 9 inch Slave  
1
Anonymous
 
Andrea 1-F-5
5
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (3)
Norway Radio and Television Museum
17
Chuck Azzalina
Richard Dean
Peter Dieguez
John Folsom
Giuseppe Papalia
Dave Sica
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (note 2)

Anonymous (9)

 

2-F-12
1
Early Television Museum
1
Mike Molnar
 
8-F-12
2
Early Television Museum
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)

 

 
KT-E-5
5
Auman Museum (OH)
Early Television Museum (2)
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
7
Richard Brewster
Hugo Holden
Steve Kissinger
Kevin Walsh
Bill Williams
Anonymous (2)

 

 
Bell and Howell 1944 Projection Console
1
Early Television Museum

 

 
Don Lee 9"
1
Unidentified California Museum

 

1
Unknown
12"
1
UCLA (CA)

 

 
12" Mirror in Lid
1
UCLA (CA) (note 2)

 

 
DuMont 180, 180X
5
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (3)
Smithsonian Institution (DC)
4
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (3)
 
181, 181X
1
Smithsonian Institution (DC)
1
Chuck Azzalina
 
183, 183X
4
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
Smithsonian Institution (DC)
3
Tom Genova
Steve Kissinger
Mike Molnar

 

190
1
MZTV (Toronto)
   
195
1
Smithsonian Institution (DC)

 

 
Emerson 304  
1
Tim Mullen
 
Farnsworth 9 inch console  
1
Farnsworth Family (note 4)
 
General Electric 90
1
Early Television Museum
1
Anonymous

 

7" Prototype  
1
Darryl Hock
 
GM-295
2
Elwood Museum, Amsterdam, NY
GE Factory Museum
   
GM-297  
1
Anonymous (note 1)
 
HM-171
5
Auman Museum (OH)
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)

 

14
Bill's Old Bike Barn
Richard Brewster
Eric Coon
Darryl Hock
Dave Johnson Estate
Fred London
Mike Molnar (2)
Nat Pendleton
Don Sellers
Luc Sirois
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (2)
 
HM-185
1
Early Television Museum
5
Eric Coon
Darryl Hock
Mike Molnar
Don Saltzman
Anonymous
 
HM-225
5
Benton County Historical Society
Early Television Museum
GE Factory Museum
Henry Ford Museum (MI)
MZTV (Toronto)
4
Darryl Hock
Mike Molnar
Anonymous (2)

 

HM-226
4
Early Television Museum
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
MZTV (Toronto)
1
Darryl Hock
1
Unknown
HM-275
1
MZTV (Toronto)
2
Darryl Hock
Mike Molnar
 
Homemade Chassis
1
Early Television Museum
   
Meissner 10-1153 Kit
3
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
9
Hugo Holden
Mike Molnar
Anonymous (7)
 
10-1153 Kit in cabinet
2
Early Television Museum
History San Jose

 

 

4
Chuck Azzalina
Luc Sirois
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (1)
 
Philco 1938 Mirror In Lid  
1
Anonymous

 

1941-42 10 inch console
1
Philadelphia History Museum
1
Luc Sirois
 
10TRS  
1
 
 
6" 1940 vision only table model  
1
Mike Molnar
 
Purdue University 1931 Prototype
1
Purdue University
   
RCA 510-A Television Equipment Cabinet
1
Harvard University
   
1932 Field Trial  
1
Darryl Hock
 
RR-359 9"
1
Early Television Museum
1
Jeff Lendaro
 
RR-359 A-1 9" (Russian version) also labeled TK-1

3
Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)
Moscow Polytechnic Institute (2)

 

2
Darryl Hock
Oleg Staroseltsev
 
RR-359B 12"
6
AWA Museum (NY)
NHK Museum (Japan)
Smithsonian Institution (DC) (2)
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
MZTV (Toronto)
5
Darryl Hock
Mike Molnar
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (2)
 
TRK-5
5
Early Television Museum
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
MZTV (Toronto) (2)
Smithsonian Institution (DC)
13
Eric Coon
John Estep
Darryl Hock
Ken Korhonen
Bob Lutz
Mike Molnar
Nat Pendleton
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (5)
 
TRK-9/90
7
Astor Classics Event Center
Early Television Museum
Indiana State Museum
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
MZTV (Toronto) (3)
9
Eric Coon
John Estep
Darryl Hock
Anonymous (6)

 

1
Unknown
TRK-12/120
27
Auman Museum (OH)
Canada Science and Technology
Museum (Ottawa)
Disneyland (FL)
Early Television Museum (2)
FDR Home (NY)
Indiana State Museum
Museum of the Moving Image (NY) (2)
Museum of Radio and Technology (WV)
MZTV (Toronto) (note 1)
MZTV (Toronto) (9)
Schenectady Museum (NY)
Smithsonian Instutute (DC) (3)
UCLA (CA) (2)
Wolfsonian Museum (FL)
54
Dave Abramson
Dave Arland
Chuck Azzalina
Richard Brewster
Eric Coon
Dunedin Collection
John Estep
Frank Heselton
Darryl Hock
John Hora
Brian Kerfoot
Jeff Lendaro
Fred London
Doug McDonald
Mike Molnar (2)
Chris Musselman (note 3)
James O'Neal
Estate of Richard Skovell
Dave Sica
Dave Sica (note 1)
Luc Sirois
Kevin Walsh
Rick Welsh (note 1)
Anonymous (note 1)
Anonymous (29)
3
Unknown (3)
Lucite TRK-12
2
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (note 5)
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 
TRP-90
1
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 
TT-5
7
Early Television Museum
History Museum of Springfield/Green County
(MO)
Indiana State Museum
MZTV (Toronto) (3)
Smithsonian Institution (DC)
18
Sonny Clutter
Eric Coon
Richard Dean
John Estep
Tom Genova (note 1)
Darryl Hock
Doug McDonald
Mike Molnar
Nat Pendleton
Luc Sirois
Kevin Walsh
Anonymous (7)
1
Unknown
Sears/Silvertone 126-214 (TT-5)  
1
Darryl Hock
 
 

TRK-5

1
MZTV (Toronto)
   
7270  (TRK-12)  
1
John Folsom
 
Sparton 10-BL
1
Early Television Museum (note 1)

 

 

 
Stromberg-Carlson 112-ML
1
MZTV (Toronto)

 

 

Westinghouse WRT-700 (TT-5)
1
Early Television Museum
1
Darryl Hock
 
WRT-701 (TRK-5)
2
Early Television Museum
MZTV (Toronto)
1
John Estep (note 1)

 

 

WRT-702 (TRK-9)
1
Early Television Museum

 

 
WRT-703 (TRK-12)
1
Early Television Museum
3
Mike Molnar
Anonymous (2)
 
Zenith 12" Mirror in Lid  
1
Zenith Corp.
1
Unknown
12" Mirror in Lid - Blonde  
1
Zenith Corp.
 

Total

 

125

194

8

Notes:

1) Cabinet only

2) Chassis only

3) Incomplete

4) Existed in 1999, current location unknown

5) Original chassis, replica cabinet

 

British Electronic Sets

Our British database is currently being reviewed by the BVWS to make it more accurate.

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Baird T-5
3
Hastings Museum (England)
Science and Media Museum (England)
Museum Victoria (Australia)
7
John Estep
Dunedin Collection
Anonymous (5)

 

T-14  
1
Anonymous
 
T-18  
2
Anonymous (2)
 
T-18C
1
Early Television Museum (note 3)
2
John Hora
Anonymous
 
T-20    
1
Unknown
T-21  
1
Anonymous
 
T-23
1
Early Television Museum
3
David Boynes
John Estep
Anonymous
 
12" 1938-39 prototype  
1
Anonymous
 
Cossor 54
1
Early Television Museum
10
Mike Barker
David Boynes
Brian Cuff
Joseph Pliego
Anonymous (6)

   

137T
1
Early Television Museum
4
David Boynes
Anonymous (3)
 
437T  
2
Dunedin Collection
Anonymous
 
1210
3
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Early Television Museum
Science and Media Museum (England)(2)

 

6
Dunedin Collection
Brian Cuff
Richard Mensinger (note 3)
Anonymous (3)

 

Ekco TA-201
1
Early Television Museum
6
David Boynes
Anonymous (5)
 
TS-701  
3
David Boynes
Dunedin Collection
Jon Evans
 
Ferranti Model B  
1
Anonymous (note 2)
 
GEC BT-0070    
1
Unknown
BT-3701
1
Pittstone Green Museum (England)

 

 

BT-8090
1
Powerhouse Museum (Sidney, Australia)
 
1
Unknown
BT-8121  
1
Anonymous
 
BT-8161  
1
Brian Cuff (note 1)
 
BT-9121  
2
David Boynes
Anonymous
 
HMV 900
5
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Early Television Museum
National Museum of Scotland
Museum of the Moving Image (NY)
Science and Media Museum (England)
15
Dave Abramson
Ian Blackbourn
David Boynes
Hugh Davies
Draenog
Steve Harris
Nigel Taylor
Ian Watson
Anonymous (7)
 
901
2
Early Television Museum
National Museum of Scotland
3
David Boynes
Peter Scott
Anonymous

 

902
2
Early Television Museum
Science and Media Museum (England)
7
David Boynes
Dunedin Collection
Wayne Abare (note 1)
Anonymous (4)

 

903  
1
Anonymous
 
904
3
Early Television Museum
Museum of Branding (England)
National Museum of Scotland

 

14
Ian Blackburn
David Boynes
Peter Carlton
Dunedin Collection
Tom Genova
Rahel Rimon
Anonymous (8)
1
Unknown
905
2
Canada Science Museum (Ottawa)
Early Television Museum
 
7
Dunedin Collection
Ian Watson
Anonymous (5)

 

907
3
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Early Television Museum
National Museum of Scotland
6
Dunedin Collection
Paul Richens
Anonymous (4)

 

1800
1
Early Television Museum

 

 
1850  
1
Anonymous
 
Invicta TL-4    
1
Unknown
TL-5  
1
Anonymous
 
Marconi 701
2
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Science and Media Museum (England)
4
Dunedin Collection
Bob Smallbone
Anonymous (2)
 
702
5
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Early Television Museum
Kuba Museum (Germany)
MZTV (Toronto)
Science and Media Museum (England)
8
David Boynes
Doug McDonald
Ian McLaughlin
John Sully
Anonymous (4)

 

703  
5
Peter Carlton
Brian Cuff
Anonymous (3)
 
704  

1

Anonymous

 
705
1
Early Television Museum
6
John Estep
Anonymous (5)

 

706
3
DASA Deutsche Arbeitsschutz-Ausstellung (Germany)
Museum of Technoloty (England)
Science and Media Museum (England)

 

9
Brian Cuff
Draenog
Steve Heap
Ingo Kubbe
Luc Sirois
Anonymous (4)
2
Unknown (2)

707

 

4
Land of Lost Content Museum (UK)
Auman Museum (OH)
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Early Television Museum
15
David Boynes
Dunedin Collection
Roger Halford
Anonymous (12)

 

709
3
Early Television Museum
Science and Media Museum (England)(2)
5
Brian Cuff
Anonymous (4)
2
Unknown (2)
9 inch MIL 1937 prototype  
1
Anonymous (1)

 

Murphy A42V

 

5
Mike Barker (2)
Anonymous (note 1)
Anonymous (2)
1
Unknown
A56V
1
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
6
Mike Barker
Dunedin Collection (2)
Anonymous (3)
1
Unknown
A58V
1
Early Television Museum
6
Mike Barker
David Boynes
Nigel Taylor
Ian Watson
Anonymous (2)

 

V84
1
Mill Green Museum (England)
   
Pye 815
1
Early Television Museum
5
Brian Cuff
Anonymous (4)
1
Unknown
817
2
Derby Silk Mill Museum (England)
Early Television Museum
1
Anonymous
1
Unknown
819    
1
Unknown
838
1
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
2
David Boynes
Dunedin Collection
 
843  
2

Anonymous (2)

 

4043  
1
Anonymous
 
4046  
1
Anonymous
 
12C  
1
Anonymous
 
RGD 371
2
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
R.G.D. Museum (England)
   
382-RG
2
Early Television Museum
R.G.D. Museum (England)
   
Truphonic 12 inch

 

1
Anonymous

 

 
Ultra T20    
2
Unknown (2)
T22
2
Science and Media Museum (England)(2)
1
Ian McLaughlin
 
Unknown/Home made ?
1
Early Television Museum
   

Total

 

63

200

16

Notes:

1) Cabinet only

2) Chassis only

3) Incomplete

German Prewar Electronic Sets

Gerolf Poetschke's site has information on German prewar television. This list comes from his research, which hasn't been updated since 2012.

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Ardenne Receiver
2
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
   
FSS and monitor
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
   
CHF Mueller Unknown  
1
Unknown
 
Einheitsempfaenger Telefunken
4
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
Museum fuer Kommunikation Depot Heusenstamm
Bosch Archiv Stuttgart
1
Matthais Neuner
 
Blaupunkt
1
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
 
Unknown
1
Rundfunkmuseum Fuerth
1
Unknown
 
Fernseh A.G. Standgeraet 36/37  
1
Unknown
 
Tischmodell 35
1
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
   
DE-6
7
Museum fuer Kommunikation Depot Heusenstamm (3)
Technical Museum Prague
Bosch Archiv Stuttgart
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Deutsches Rundfunkmuseum Berlin
2
Liesenfeld collection, Heiligenstadt
St. Petersburg, Russia
 
DE 6 Lab
1
Deutsches Museum Munich
   
DE-9
1
Fernsehmuseum Farvis
   
Fernseh GmbH Universalempfaenger
1
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
   
Hochleistungsempfaenger
1
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
   
Hewel Kontrollempfaenger
1
Deutsches Rundfunkmuseum Berlin
   
Mischkoffer
1
Deutsches Rundfunkmuseum Berlin
   
Loewe Ardenne Receiver
4
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
Hessenpark Neu-Anspach
Dortman Arbeitsschutz-Ausstellung
   
FE-A
1
Depot Museum fuer Kommunikation Depot Heusenstamm
FE-B
3
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Loewe Werksmuseum Kronach
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
FE-B Monitor
1
Museum fuer Kommunikation Depot Heusenstamm
   
FE-D
1
Depot Loewe Kronach
;
Unknown
1
Depot Loewe Kronach
   
Lorenz Modell 35    
1
Unknown
Modell 36
2
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
Deutsches Museum Munich (note 2)
   
TeKaDe FE-38
1
Rundfunkmuseum Fuerth
   
Telefunken FE - III
2
Deutsches Museum Munich
1
Liesenfeld collection, Heiligenstadt
1
Unknown
FE-IV
1
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
 
1
Unknown
FE - IV Spezial
1
Museum fuer Kommunikation Depot Heusenstamm
   
FE - V
1
Verkehrsmuseum Nuernberg
   
FE - VI
10
Depot Deutches Rundfunksmuseum Berlin
Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
Depot Museum fuer Kommunikation Depot Heusenstamm (3)
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
Rundfunkmuseum Fuerth
Depot Breitensee, Technisches Museum Wien
2
Telefunkensammlung Roggisch
Liesenfeld collection, Heiligenstadt
1
Northern Germany
T - 1
1
Depot Museum fuer Kommunikation Depot Heusenstamm
   
Unknown    
1
Fred London
 

Total

 

53

10

4

Notes:

1) Cabinet only

2) Chassis only

3) Incomplete

Other European / Japanese Electronic Sets

Below are surviving sets from other European countries.

Manufacturer

Model Number 

Verified (museums)

Verified (collectors)

Reported

Allocchio Bacchini (Italy) TV-1

 

1
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia (Milan)
   
CDC (France) 1935 model
1
CNAM Museum
   
Chauvierre Visiodyne (France) Baby
1
CNAM Museum
   
Emyradio (France) 95
2
Association du Centre Historique de la Diffusion Radiophonique
Radio France Museum
1
Anonymous
 
6 inch 455 line (1939)
1
CNAM Museum
   
Pathe-Marconi (France) ?  
1
Anonymous
 
Grammont (France) 1937 model
1
CNAM Museum
   
1939 model  
1
Anonymous
 
Radiomarelli (Italy) RV-175
1
Unknown
   
RV-800
1
Unknown
   
Leningrad Radio Operator Plant (Russia) 17TH-1
2
Moscow Polytechnic Museum
Popov Museum (St. Petersburg)
   
17TH-3 1

Moscow Polytechnic Museum

   
Panasonic (Japan) 1938 prototype
1
Unknown
   
Safar (Italy) 1939 prototype
1
RAI Museum Turin
   
Victor (Japan) ?
1
Unknown
   

Total

 

14

3

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