Television Picture Attachment Uses Any A.C. Set for Sound (Aug, 1939)

Television Picture Attachment Uses Any A.C. Set for Sound
Utilizing the chassis and loud speaker of any a.c.-operated radio for accompanying sound, this table-model attachment reproduces television images for direct viewing. It plugs into your regular receiver in the same manner that you would connect a record player. The picture is 3-3/8 in. by 4-3/8 in. Five television receiving channels are provided.

  1. Suzanne says: June 12, 200811:04 am

    What an amazing device to pacify the public. Did we really know what we were getting into when introducing passive entertainment to the home? I still can’t shake how much television plays a role in my life, even if I do see what it does to me.

  2. jayessell says: June 13, 20085:20 am

    Did leaving out the audio amplifier and loudspeaker significantly reduce the cost of the set?

    Radios had auxiliary inputs? I wouldn’t have expected that. Can I plug in my iPod?

  3. Alan J. Richer says: June 13, 20082:37 pm

    Yes, leaving out the audio sections would dramatically reduce the costs. Good radios had very large audio-output transformers (as did good AM transmitters) and good loudspeakers were not at all inexpensive either.

    Yes, as a matter of fact, you could easily plug in your iPod on one of these and it would play through the radio. I used to do that fairly often with a reel-to-reel recorder (remember those?) to play old radio shows through console radios for display.

    The auxiliary inputs were usually fitted on radios so that they could host a turntable, rather than for anything like a wire recorder (very expensive technology).


  4. jayessell says: June 13, 20083:22 pm

    Of course, our home theaters of today use separate amps and speakers.

    I was kidding about the iPod.
    I think there would be impedance mismatch issues.

  5. Rick Segedi says: June 14, 20086:02 pm

    Back in the late 1930’s my dad brought home a big Philco console radio and phonograph. It had a bunch of push buttons that could be set to various stations on the dial for fast tuning. One of the buttons had “television” printed on it. I asked him what that was for and he proudly said that when television eventually arrived, we would be able to just attach a special unit onto the console and be all set! Of course that never happened in our case; a rather large war got in the way, but I suppose that it would have looked something like this thing had it ever been built. Interesting.

  6. johnny says: December 29, 20087:28 am

    Trf4Tz Thanks for good post

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