GE Console Television, Model HM-225, 1939

Summary

1939 was a year of "firsts" in television. Introduced to the mass public at the 1939 World's Fair, Roosevelt's presidential speech at the opening ceremony was the first to be televised. The HM-225 was among examples exhibited in General Electric's pavilion at the Fair. Its art deco inspired case demonstrated the how new technology could be integrated into domestic space.

1939 was a year of "firsts" in television. Introduced to the mass public at the 1939 World's Fair, Roosevelt's presidential speech at the opening ceremony was the first to be televised. The HM-225 was among examples exhibited in General Electric's pavilion at the Fair. Its art deco inspired case demonstrated the how new technology could be integrated into domestic space.

Artifact

Television receiver

Date Made

1939

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

73.16.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Veneer
Glass (Material)
Cloth
Plastic

Dimensions

Height: 41 in

Width: 18 in

Length: 29 in

Inscriptions

On front control panel at center: TELEVISION/ GENERAL ELECTRIC On front control panel buttons: OFF/ 1 2 3 4 5 Above control knobs on front in gold ink: TONE/ VOLUME/ TUNING/ FOCUS/ CONTRAST/ BRIGHTNESS On label at center of back panel: GENERAL ELECTRIC/ LOCATION OF TUNES/ [schematic]/ GE TELEVISION HM-225/.../ U.S. PATENTS/ 1403932/.../ 2137039/.../ MANUFACTURED BY/ GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. BRIDGEPORT, CONN. Alongside label: MADE IN U.S.A. On label at top of each hole in row of seven on back panel: VERTICAL SIZE/ VERTICAL LINEARITY/ VERTICAL SPEED/ HORIZONTAL DAMPING/ HORIZONTAL SPEED/ HORIZONTAL LINEARITY/ HORIZONTAL SIZE Stamped on metal frame inside back: 2462 Handwritten on interior side of chassis on left side, upside down, in chalk: 65

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