The everything set (Jun, 1979)

The everything set

It’s a carry-along entertainment and information center—AM, FM, CB, public service, aircraft, and weather bands, three-inch TV, cassette tape—along with a built-in mike and sleep switch. Six D cells power it. It’s $249.95, from Sampo, 1050 Arthur Ave., Elk Grove Village, III. 60007.


Because using an actress who was actually Chinese would be ridiculous.


A South Carolina girl of French-Indian descent is a Chinese temptress on TV

GLORIA SAUNDERS, one of the most talked-about girls in Hollywood, is the dramatic star of “Mysteries of Chinatown,” a television show on the ABC network. Playing the part of a beautiful Chinese girl, Ah Toy, she gets involved in a constant mess of crime and murder each week to the delight of her fans.


Williamsport Penn had the first commercial cable system in the U.S. We had Jerrold cable boxes like this one as a kid, although I distinctly remember that our first cable box was a Hamlin. I loved the sound it made if you slid the channel selector back and forth really fast. It sounded like running something over the teeth of a comb.


Single, community-type aerials are not only clearing off our roof tops, but are making reception possible for the TV-less.

By William Sheppard

DRIVE through Montpelier, Vt. or Williamsport, Penna. and you’ll get the feeling that something is missing. Then suddenly you’ll realize that neither Montpelier nor Williamsport bristles with an array of television aerials as do most of our country’s cities and towns.

NOW You CAN SEE Television (Nov, 1938)

Order a film, made by a magazine, to learn about television!

NOW You CAN SEE Television

Excitingly Explained on Your Favorite Screen in the Latest of VITAPHONE’S

Color Tele Goes Big (Jul, 1947)

Color Tele Goes Big

COLOR television that can be projected on a large screen is the latest achievement of RCA engineers. At a demonstration in a large auditorium, color images were received and shown on a 7-1/2- by 10-foot screen.

TELEVISION Goes to Work (Sep, 1947)


Television has finally grown up and is beginning to pay for its long and expensive childhood.


“THOMAS R. JOHNSON’S account, please,” the busy teller says into the phone. Back in the bank’s file room the depositor’s account sheet is placed on an easel before a fixed-focus television camera and the image of the ledger balance and Johnson’s signature flashes onto a television screen in the cashier’s cage.

Electron Camera “Shoots” Television Images – London Station to Serve Ten Million People (Jun, 1935)

Electron Camera “Shoots” Television Images – London Station to Serve Ten Million People

Television Will Be Made Available to 10,000,000 People This Year by a London Station Which Will Alternate the Baird and Marconi Systems of Transmission; the Baird System Uses Four Types of Transmitters;

SONY Portable TV – a TV designed for the executive (Oct, 1961)

According to this rather informative page on, this set was “the first mostly-transistorized portable TV that Sony sold in the United States.” Here’s a YouTube video of it in action.

SONY Portable TV – a TV designed for the executive

SONY Research makes the Difference*

Men who respond to time’s Imperatives—executives who must have news as it breaks . . . must be up-front on new entertainment or video messages… these are the alert decision-makers to whom a SONY 8-301W TELEVISION is vital, a standard desk accessory!

See Your Home Movies on TV (Jun, 1970)

See Your Home Movies on TV

Does the idea of seeing your home movies on television sound appealing? You’ll be able to soon, when the Vidicord, a new British invention that is part projector, part TV camera, becomes available.

You just plug the output of the Vidicord into your TV antenna connection, switch on the set, and sit back. There’s no need to draw the curtains or turn out the lights. If there’s sound on your film you’ll get that, too. And you can hold any frame at the flip of a switch for an instant still.

Television’s Million-Dollar Jackpot for Inventors (May, 1950)

Sounds a bit like a proto-kickstarter:

“Farmer then frankly announced that the inventors needed funds and that he believed their invention was really an important one—just the thing for barber shops, bowling alleys, hotels and cigar stores. He asked the audience to raise $5000 for a percentage of the business. His words were hardly on the air when the station’s phones started jingling up cash for the Van Doren boys. Eight of these callers wanted to put up the entire sum—thus offering a total of $40,000 to get the gadget on the market.”

Some variation of invention TV idea has been tried a number of times. There was a similar show in Chicago around the same time, one on the BBC a few years later, a terrible show called American Inventor a few years ago, and a current show called Stars of Science filmed in Qatar that was recently featured in Wired.

Television’s Million-Dollar Jackpot for Inventors

Best break many unknown inventors ever had is an inspiring Minneapolis TV show where gadgets star and gadgeteers win fame—and funds for their ideas.

By Alfred Eris

TWO brothers, Fred and George Van Doren, labored long and ardently to build a better shoeshine machine. At last, just when it looked as if all their inventive efforts would pay off, they found themselves completely stymied. Like so many other inventors, they had run out of funds —right on the brink of success.