PORTABLE TELEVISION (Dec, 1948)
A 31-pound set steals a march on the industry
The gentleman shown above luxuriously sprawled in his bathtub is enjoying the newest thing in television—a portable set. (He also is risking electrocution because either a radio or TV set can kill a wet bather if he so much as touches it.) His set, made by the Sentinel Radio Corporation, has a small collapsible antenna, a 7-inch screen, and sells for $206.90 complete. It is easily transportable (below), needs only a socket with alternating current to operate both indoors and out, provides excellent reception which is comparable to that of much more expensive receivers. However at the rate Sentinel is turning out its sets (4,000 a month), it will be some time before the customers can walk into the store and buy them without delay. Another portable set, made by the Pilot Radio Corporation, has a tiny 3-inch screen, sells for only $99.50.