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America's First Electronic Television Set


1938 DuMont Model 180 Television  (68K bytes) (68K)
1938 DuMont Model-180 - 14" Picture Tube gave an 8" x 10" picture area -- 22 Tubes -- 250 Watts (Steve McVoy collection)

Size: 24" High x 15" Wide x 25" Deep -- Walnut Cabinet -- $395.00 cost when new.  Released to the public before regular television broadcasts were initiated on April 30, 1939.  Only four sets are known to exist today [includes 1938 and 1939 Model-180s].       
 


1939 Du Mont  -- Dealer Sales Brochure

1939-DuMont-Catalog.jpg (30969 bytes) (30K)   

Here are the interior pages:

1939-DuMont-Catalog-Pg1.jpg (106536 bytes) (106K)    1939-DuMont-Catalog-Pg2.jpg (134213 bytes) (134K)
Pages 1 and 2

1939 DuMont Catalog-Pg3-4.JPG (55819 bytes) (56K)   
Centerfold -- Pages 3 and 4

1939 DuMont Model 180.JPG (313426 bytes) (313K)    1939 DuMont Model 182.JPG (277991 bytes) (278K)
Model 180 and Model 182 (Close-up)

1939 DuMont Catalog-Pg5.JPG (126773 bytes) (127K)    1939 DuMont Catalog-Pg6.JPG (121539 bytes) (121K)
Pages 5 and 6

1939 Dumont Catalog-Back.JPG (22804 bytes) (23K)
Back Cover


1939 Broadcasting Magazine
 

1939 DuMont Advertisement - Broadcasting Mag (62K bytes) (62KB) -- Du Mont Television Advertising

1939 DuMont Ad - Broadcasting Mag  (70K bytes) (70KB) -- Close up - Model 183 illustrated

The American trade magazine called Broadcasting ran this full page television advertisement on July 1, 1939.

What I found particularly interesting is that DuMont proudly declares that they provided the "First Commercial Television Receivers for Home Use".  I have not found any information to dispute this fact, and no other American TV manufacturer ever made that advertising claim.

1936 British Cossor Model 137T  (33K bytes)It should be mentioned that the 1938 Model-180 Du Mont is very similar to the circuit and component design of the 1936 British Cossor Model-137T, shown here.  Allen Du Mont visited Britain in 1936-37 and sent a Cossor TV set back to the United States.  This surely helped put the Model-180 on the market ahead of the competition. (Information courtesy of Steve McVoy).

 (35KB) - 1936 British Cossor Model-137T (Four known to exist)

 


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