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Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Electronic Television

Pye 817

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Screen Size 5 inch
Year Made 1938
Quantity Manufactured ?
Original Cost ?
Number Still in Existence See Pre-1945 Database
Cabinet Original Finish
Chassis Restored


Operating instructions
French version
Advertising literature
Technical data

This set was made in 1938, has a 5 inch picture tube, and is vision-only. Only a few of these survive, probably because of the small screen size and the inconvenience of having to use a separate radio for the sound. This set is in excellent condition. The 4 small holes on the front are where a magnifying lens was added.

Recently we obtained a replacement CRT for this set. The tube has an interesting history.

The set with the proper CRT