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50 vintage television sets from the 1950s: Wonders of the world in black & white

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1951 Vintage GE televisions

Enchanted evening by Zenith. (1950-1951)

The setting: You… your guests, 1951 Black Magic TV with reflection-proof screen. 

LIFE Nov 6, 1950 Zenith Black Magic round TV set


Supreme moment! When Zenith Black Magic Television comes into your life (1950)

You’ve known great moments in your life. You’ve lived in an age of marvels. But there’s an experience coming your way—an experience so dramatic—so un-believably out of the world, as to make all others seem commonplace.

It’s not just television you’re seeing… it’s the miracle of Black Magic Television, made possible through Zenith’s amazing discovery of the Blaxide Tube. Its the thrill of seeing pictures so clear, so photographically life-like that you hardly believe your eyes. Pictures free from eye-straining glare or blur even in daylight or fully lighted rooms, as medical authorities recommend viewing.

And now for ’51 — wonder of wonders — the new Zenith reflection-proof feature added to make viewing even more perfect. Now you see pictures utterly free from window and room-light reflections at normal viewing position — truly, television’s newest miracle. Be sure — be very sure — that when you invest in television, you guard against after-regrets.

New Zenith “Super-Medallion.” Super-Sensitive FM plus Long-Distance AM. Big new Dial-Speaker permits larger speaker and dial. Smart Modern cabinet in maroon plastic.
New Zenith “Zephyr.” Long-Distance AM reception. New Giant DialSpeaker. Powerful built-in Zenith Wavemagnet. Convenient “Flexo-Grip” handle. In maroon or ebony plastic cabinet with “Roman Gold” trim.

Above—New Zenith” Wordsworth” TV-Radio-Phonograph. Now 165 sq. in. “Selecto-Screen” gives you both circular and rectangular type pictures. New “Cobra-Matic” record changer—only two simple controls to play any size or speed record. New FM-AM radio. Powerful new speaker. Smartly styled modern cabinet in genuine Gold Coast Afara veneers and hardwoods.

Be sure to examine these features combined only in Zenith: Your choice of Giant Circle or rectangular type picture. Built-in “Picturemagnet” aerial. One-knob automatic tuning. New Magic “Lazy Bones” remote control to switch channels from your easy chair. (Optional at slight extra cost on all new Zenith Television Receivers.) Connection for Phonevision* and built-in provision for tuner strips to receive the proposed new ultra-high frequencies on present standards. Be sure you buy with the knowledge that you pos-sess the most advanced television known to modern science.

* If and when this great Zenith development is approved as a commercial service and thereby is made available on present standards, unit may be attached to bring high-class, costly television programs right into your home.

LIFE Nov 27, 1950 Zenith Black Magic TV with round screen


GE Black-Daylite Television from 1950

General Electric TV sets for Christmas from 1950 (2)

General Electric TV sets for Christmas from 1950 (1)


Vintage Capehart-Farnsworth televisions from 1950

Vintage Capehart-Farnsworth televisions from 1950

 


World’s most advanced TV and record playing (1951)

Zenith quality Black Magic TV plus Cobra-Matic record player with pitch and tempo control

LIFE Apr 23, 1951 zenith tv


Admiral TV: The clearest picture in television

Vintage Admiral televisions from 1951

Vintage Philco balanced beam TV from 1951

Raytheon TV from 1951


GIANT STEP IN TV! NEW 1956 CBS with television’s 9 most wanted advances (1956)

From the vast resources of the Columbia Broadcasting System come sets so utterly new, so boldly, beautifully engineered, they set the pace for all TV to follow.

These are the fabulous CBS Television Sets for 1956 … importantly different, inside and out. For they are built by a Division of the Columbia Broadcasting System, and backed by the enormous fund of CBS broadcast experience and electronic research. As a result, they alone deliver the 9 most wanted advances in television.

In these new CBS TV Sets, for example, you will discover the most efficient, completely automatic tuning system ever invented: CBS Robot Tuning. You will find TV’s mightiest power plant … brightest pictures … truest sound … feature upon feature to insure TV’s most dependable performance. In short, more of the best than all the rest. These are indeed the finest television sets ever to bear the great name of CBS.

CBS television sets from 1956 (2)

CBS television sets from 1956 (1)


Emerson Portable TV-Phonoradio from 1956

Emerson Portable TV-Phonoradio from 1956


Hotpoint Hi-Vi TV (1956)

Now… in portable models, too!

New high in vivid picture, new high in vivid sound, new high in vivid styling

Here are 3 of 7 portables in Hotpoint’s complete line of all-new TV sets:

  • Amazing 13-lb portable
  • New Hotpoint 14″ portable
  • Portable with big screen!

Introducing a new concept in television pleasure

Trapped light beams and enriched sound waves bring new pleasure to television viewing — Hotpoint Hi-Vi TV

1956 Hotpoint Hi-Vi TV

Vintage Hotpoint Hi-Vi TV from 1956

Vintage 1957 Hotpoint Hi-Vi TV


Newest ideas in compact TV by RCA Victor 

Vintage TV sets from the 50s - RCA Victor portable from 1957


Crosley automatic TV from 1956


Philco creates world’s first separate-screen TV set! (1958)

Keep the set beside your chair… put the picture anywhere!

Philco creates world's first separate-screen TV set!

Philco builds chassis and sound system into a table… makes picture tube separate and portable!

Philco brings you another spectacular advance in the science of television! Now the picture tube is completely freed from the chassis… can be placed anywhere in the room… even carried to another room!

This revolutionary new Philco Predicta Tandem was made possible by Philco scientists who developed the new “S-F” (Semi-Flat) picture tube. Ordinary tubes would have been far too bulky and cumbersome. A flexible 25-ft. cord connects the powerful chassis with the big, bright picture tube.

The set itself, with all its controls and the speaker system, is built into an elegant modern end table. Philco’s full, rich sound is right at your elbow, always conversation-clear. You can put the picture on a wall shelf, where a roomful of people can enjoy it, or place it up close to your chair for personal viewing.

This tomorrow-new television is at your Philco dealer’s now. You can own Predicta Tandem in blond wood, as shown, for $339.95, and in mahogany finish for only $329.95.

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2-part TV set introduced by Philco (1958)

2-part TV set by Philco (1958)

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Vintage Philco TV sets from 1958

High Fidelity TV Chassis with Aluminized Filter-Face 21″ Picture Tube: It’s the television chassis acclaimed everywhere for picture reproduction . . . for reception in difficult or distant locations … for automatic operation in multiple reception areas. Nothing less approaches it for freedom from interference, or equals it for picture stability, contrast and definition.

Exclusive Finger Tip Tuning System: Newest advance in television design. Only two controls are in view yet all controls are at your fingertips. No groping behind the set! No grappling with trap door panels! No guessing with blind side tuning! For the first time, combines breathtaking beauty with complete operating efficiency and places the world’s finest picture at your fingertips.

Electronic UHF-VHF Built-in Aerial: In many locations, no other aerial needed — just plug in and play!

Illuminated Station Selector: Softly illuminated to make station-selecting easy, even in a dimly-lighted room.

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958


Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

Vintage Philco TV set from 1958

New Built-in Range Finder: Three-way control adjusts the set for peak performance on weak, strong, and in-between stations — even for stations varying up to 50,000 times in signal strength. Better than ever before, solves the problem of overload, picture flop-over and “snow” in multiple station areas. It’s on the front of the set — not hidden or hard-to-reach. Click — and it’s set for one of its three positions, depending upon the signal strength of the station.

Available with the World’s Finest All-Channel UHF Tuner: Philco’s UHF Tuner is recognized everywhere as the leader of the industry. Its record for distance, for noise-free reception, and for sensitivity has never been equaled. Even more, it offers the easiest, fastest tuning with a two-speed dial that at any point it stops automatically gives the user a fine tuning adjustment. Unmatched for convenience, speed and accuracy!

Philco 24″ Aluminized Filter-Face Picture Tube: Giant picture . . . twice as bright . . . unmatched for contrast, sharpness and depth of detail in the picture! Filter is built into the face of the tube itself, while developments in the circuit as well as in the cathode ray tube result in the highest standard of viewing enjoyment in the industry today.


General Electric portable TV from 1956

Vintage 50s TVs - GE Portable televisions

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  1. I am looking for a 1957 Hotpoint table stop tv non working. I only need the body, handle, knobs and antenna. NO tube or guts.
    thanks

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