[All USA Sets]
1946-1949 Viewtone - USA
(100K) - September 1945, Advertisement for their $100 TV set.
(254K - Large File!) - Full Size Ad
The Viewtone post-war prototype was publicly demonstrated to
TV-dealers and New York Times reporters, in a New York city department store, on
August 2, 1945 -- with the article about the demonstration covered in the
newspaper on August 3, 1945. They say "The new $100
instrument seemed to us to do as good a job as any of the higher-priced machines
we have seen in operation." The general consensus at the time was
that post-war television sets would cost up to five times that amount. The
article also claims the set was "... in research since
1931, and Viewtone is certain to be a leader in the television field."
In reality, the company was in business until August 1947.
The related product announcement was covered in the same September 1945 issue,
and is shown below.
(245K - Large File!)
Mentions the 7" set will be available "as soon
as the government gives the go-ahead signal to the manufacturer."
(29K) -- Viewtone Logo
(142K) -- Follow up ad, shown in October 1945.
(150K) -- Closeup of 6000 people viewing the Viewtone TV set in a NYC department
The actual date of full-scale production and sales for this
model is still unknown, but believed to be late 1945, or early 1946. No
examples of this model are known to exist today.
1946 - (Model
Number Unknown) - 7" tabletop, walnut - See articles above - First Post
1946 - (VP-100) - 7" tabletop, (walnut-mahogany),
6-channel tuner, "Futura" model
1946 - (VP-101) - 7" console, (mahogany), TV-radio,
[need photo] 1946 -
(VP-102) - 7" console, (mahogany), TV-radio/phono with area to store records
[need photo] 1947 - (No models known)
Company went out of business in August 1947
[World War-II] [1946-1949]