1938 Radio (7"
x 10" in size)
RCA Encourages The Radio Amateur to Try His Hand at a New Field of
Experimentation: TELEVISION !
Page 6 - "Two Television Kinescopes Now Available for the
Experimenter" shouts the advertisement to Radio Amateurs -- the RCA model
1800 and 1801 picture tubes (kinescopes as they were also called). Also
pictured is the 1936 RCA RR-359 experimental set -- approximately 100 were made
for New York field tests, about a dozen remain today.
Page 7 - This is the other 'half' of the centerfold spread in this
magazine. Talks about the "Present Status of Television" for
Page 8 - "In Radio and Television It's RCA ALL THE WAY".
Talks about how RCA will continue field experiments in the New York area and
gives the prices for the RCA 1800 and 1801 picture tubes -- $60.00 and $40.00,
respectively. This equals approximately $700 and $500 in today's
money. Constructing your own experimental electronic television set back
in those early days was expensive. Several hobbyist's magazines offered
the schematics and plans for those who were brave enough to attempt it.
Later, in 1939, a company called "Andrea" offered the first television
in kit form which made the project much more affordable and assured successful
operation when complete.
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