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1950-1959 was an exciting time period for television.  In the USA, B&W television exploded onto the scene at the beginning of the decade, mid-decade saw electronic color television and remote controls launched, and at the end of the decade the public witnessed some interesting styling changes and the introduction of transistorized television.  The toddler was becoming an adolescent.


Prior to Cable.tv getting so darn complicated, television used to be simpler. Long before “How I met Your Mother” and “The Bachelor” there were shows like “I Love Lucy”. These comedic and entertaining characters eventually gave birth to the modern sitcom. It's definitely arguable, that without shows like these paving the way, television today could have turned out a whole lot differently.

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    American Television Sets

1957 RCA 21CD7916-21in (20K bytes)
1957 RCA 21CD7916
1959 RCA Fliptop-OPEN (32K bytes)
1959 RCA "Fliptop"

All 1950-1959 RCA

1950 Zenith G2438R-16in  (32K bytes)
1950 Zenith G2438R
1959 Zenith 16C20-17in (24K bytes)
1959 Zenith 16C20
All 1950-1959 Zenith


All 1950-1959 American TV Sets
 



  Brazil - Brazilian Television Sets

1958 Philco Predicta BRAZIL  (20K bytes)
1958 Philco Predicta

1959 Philco B129 BRAZIL  (24K bytes)


1969 Philco B129

Other Brazil Sets

 


    British Television Sets
 

1950 Bush TV22  UK   (20K bytes)

1950 Bush TV22

1955 Bush TV53  UK  (20K bytes)

1955 Bush TV53

Other Bush

1954 Decca 121  UK  (48K bytes)
1954 Decca 121

1956 Decca DM4  UK  (20K bytes)
1956 Decca DM4

Other Decca Models

1952 GEC BT2147 (20K bytes)
1952 GEC BT2147

1958 GEC BT2253 (24K bytes)
1958 GEC BT2253

Other GEC

1950 Pye LV30C (28K bytes)
1950 Pye LV30C

1954 Pye VT2 10in UK (16K bytes)
1954 Pye VT2

Other Pye


All 1950-1959 British TV Sets
 


   Canadian Television Sets

1955 Rogers Majestic Model R742  (36K bytes)
1955 Rogers-Majestic

1957 Rogers Majestic Model 7621  (28K bytes)


1957 Rogers-Majestic

Other Canadian Sets

 

   Czech Republic - Czechoslovakian Television Sets

1953 Tesla 4001A - Czech -  (28K bytes)
1953 Tesla 4001A

1957 Tesla 4102U - Czech - (16K bytes)


1957 Tesla 4102U

Other 1950-1959 Tesla

 

    Dutch - Danish Television Sets

1949 Philips TX400-1st-625-line (44K bytes)
 1949-1952 Philips TX-400, 9" screen, 4 channel tuner, world's first 625-line set.  Also sold in Germany
 


 

    French Television Sets

1951 Grammont 504-A-31-France (36K bytes)

1951 Grammont
1957 Teleavia FRANCE  (12K bytes)

1957 Teleavia

Other 1950-1959 French sets

 


    German Television Sets

1950 Fernseh DE10 GERMANY (28K bytes)
1950 Fernseh DE10

1951 Leningrad T2 GERMANY (32K bytes)
1951 Leningrad T2
1951 Nora Lumen GERMANY  (16K bytes)
1951 Nora Lumen

1953 Argus Capitol GERMANY (28K bytes)
1953 Argus Capitol

1953 Philips ATX100A70 DUTCH-Germany (24K bytes)
1953 Philips ATX100
1953 Rembrandt FE852D Germany (36K bytes)
1953 Rembrandt FE-852-D

1955 Rembrandt FE852 10ch GERMANY  (40K bytes)
1955 Rembrandt FE-852

1955 Rubens FE855C GERMANY (28K bytes)
1955 Rubens FE855-C1
1958 FSE Iris12 GERMANY  (28K bytes)
1958 FSE Iris 12
Other 1950-1959 German sets


    Italian Television Sets

1956 Watt Italy (24K bytes)
1956 Watt
1957 Phonola ITALY (48K bytes)
1957 Phonola

Other 1950-1959 Italian sets

 

    Japanese Television Sets

1953 Sharp TV314T (12K bytes)

 

 1953 Sharp - Model TV3-14T - The first Japanese post-war television.  Read more.


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