1954 Television Advertising
1954 Admiral Dealer Brochure (USA)
1954 Crosley Sales Brochure (USA)
1954 - 1956 General Electric Television Sets (USA)
1954 Motorola Dealer Brochure (USA)
1954 Magnavox Dealer Brochure (USA)
1954 Philco Dealer Brochure (USA)
(43K) - Littlefuse Advertisement showing the "First Admiral Color TV set" - (Courtesy Robert W. Stephens)
(132K) - RCA Advertising for 15GP22 Color Picture Tube -- (Courtesy Robert W. Stephens)
(432K) - 1960 General Electric Tube Price list shows the 15GP22 color picture tube for a whopping $265.00 -- The only other color CRT listed was the 21AXP22A for $160.00. Most other B&W CRTs were around $50.00.
Here are links to a suppliers of old tubes and manuals:
A. G. Tannenbaum Website
Vacuum tube sets had about a 25-year post-war manufacturing run (1947 to 1972), before transistorized sets began to make their way into the American marketplace. 1960 was the 'heyday' of tube sales. Tube-testers were in most drug stores, and the public tried 'tube-testing' and replacement as a way to cut-down on expensive house calls by TV technicians. By the way, for those who may not be familiar, the European word for a vacuum tube is "valve".
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