RCA Television-Radio-Phonograph Combination Console, Model 7T143, circa 1950

Summary

By 1950, television had joined more established modes of entertainment to become a literal fixture in America's living rooms. This RCA console is both furniture and high-tech entertainment system. An expensive, heavy, showcase piece, it includes a television, radio, and two types of phonograph, the up-to-date 45 rpm as well as the standard 78 rpm.

By 1950, television had joined more established modes of entertainment to become a literal fixture in America's living rooms. This RCA console is both furniture and high-tech entertainment system. An expensive, heavy, showcase piece, it includes a television, radio, and two types of phonograph, the up-to-date 45 rpm as well as the standard 78 rpm.

Artifact

Television receiver

Date Made

circa 1950

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

78.9.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. John Karavas

Material

Mahogany (Wood)
Plywood
Plastic laminate
Plastic
Metal
Glass (Material)

Dimensions

Height: 37 in

Width: 21 in

Length: 38.75 in

Inscriptions

Under screen on front, in script: RCA Victor On exterior front in gold ink under knobs, left to right: VERTICAL. HORIZONTAL/ BRIGHTNESS/ PICTURE/ SELECTOR LIGHT/ FINE TUNING/ STATION SELECTOR On tuning dial on front: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 On turntable in script: RCA Victor On radio tuner dial, top line: FM 88 90 94/.../ On radio tuner dial, lower line: AM 55 60 70/.../ Under dial holes along front of turntable: BASS.TREBLE/ TUNING/ TV/ FM On inside of door: VICTROLA On label on back panel: VICTROLA/ RCA VICTOR/ VICTOR/.../ MADE IN U.S.A./ RADIO CORPORATION OF AMERICA/ RCA VICTOR DIVISION/ CAMDEN N.J. U.S.A./ MODEL 7-T-143/ SERIAL NO. (SEE LABEL ON REAR OF TELEVISION CHASSIS)/ VOLTS/ 115/ CYCLES/ 60/ WATTS/ 315 On label inside back: SERIAL NO./ A3800621 On loose label inside back: [left: woman's head.]THIS IS TO CERTIFY/ that this instrument/ has the acoustic balance to produce/ the tone of the / "GOLDEN THROAT"/ This is to Certify/ that this instrument/ is equipped with the/ RCA VICTOR/ Eye Witness/ Picture Synchronizer [right: eye logo] / D. D. Cole/ Chief Engineer, Home Instrument Department/... On CRT: ... Warranty / Sylvania brand picture tubes sold as replacement in standard tele-/vision receivers are warranted against defects in...[etc.] Blue tag on oval antenna (right half missing) includes instructions for installing antennas and dealing with low signal areas.

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