America's First Electronic Television Set
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
1939 Du Mont -- Dealer Sales Brochure
Here are the interior pages:
(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.
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)