1935 - 1941 General Electric





1938 General Electric Prototype

Model Number

Prototype

Screen size

5" (13cm)

Screen type

Cathode Ray Tube (CRT)

Cabinet type

Tabletop

Cabinet Material

Mixed Woods

Color or B&W

black & white

Country

USA

Description

Interesting one-of-a-kind 1938 General Electric prototype, which was a forerunner to the 1939 GE Model HM-171.  This set has 7-pushbutton selector channels, and built-in sound, while the production HM-171 only had five, with no sound -- you had to hook it up to a GE radio with a special connection for the TV sound.  This was done to allow the release of a relatively inexpensive set to the marketplace, by saving the costs of the sound portion of the TV set.  The thought was that you would buy the GE radio first, and then, later the TV vision unit.