Radiolympia Show of
There were two major European radio-TV exhibits held in the
mid-to-late 1930s, which showcased the new invention of television:
Radiolympia (London), and the Berlin Radio Exhibition. These
were similar to the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas, for
American electronics firms of today. It was a way to present new products
to the public.
The 1938 Radiolympia exhibit was well documented in the
December 1938 edition of the British "Journal of the Television Society",
from which this table is constructed below. The report was titled:
"English and Continental Television". It details fifty-seven (57)
electronic sets from 19 different companies.
Absent from this list are
French televisions: "Emyvisor" and "Visiodyne"
Italian manufacturer: "Safar"
German televisions companies: Loewe (1937 last year), Fernseh
A.G., Lorenz, Telefunken and Tekade
British Televisions: Alba, Berndept (1939), Dynatron (1939),
Ekco (no 1938 models), Etronic, Haynes-Radio (1937 last year), and Vidor (1939)
American electronic television was not launched until
April 30, 1939. The only commercially available TV set in 1938
was the DuMont Model 180.
Models: T20 (Table), T20 (Console), T18 (Table), T18
(Console), T14, T21 (Radiogram), T19 (Projection)
Models: 1210 (Console), 237T (Console), 54 (Table)
Models: T-3, T-4
Models: BT-8090 (Vision Only), BT-8161, BT-9121 (Console),
Models: 900, 901, 902, 903, 904, 905, 906, and 907
Models: TL-4 (Table), TL5
Models: 701, 702 (Vision only), 703, 704, 705, 706, 707, 708
Model KB 780 (Console)
Laboratory Demonstration Model
Models: A42V, A56V and A58V
Models: 815, 817, 819, 838, 843, 4046, and 4046-A (for
distances over 25 miles from transmitter)
Models: 382, 371
Model: "Type 101"
Models: T-22 (Table), and T-22 (Console)
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