Predicta Television Receiver, 1958-1960

Summary

Mid-twentieth century home entertainment technology -- radios, stereos, televisions -- tended to be hidden by furniture casework. They were furniture pieces. Not so with this Philco Predicta from 1958; it reveled in its technology. The tube sits exposed and perched on its stand -- bound by no casework.

Mid-twentieth century home entertainment technology -- radios, stereos, televisions -- tended to be hidden by furniture casework. They were furniture pieces. Not so with this Philco Predicta from 1958; it reveled in its technology. The tube sits exposed and perched on its stand -- bound by no casework.

Artifact

Television receiver

Date Made

1958-1960

Fully Furnished
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Fully Furnished

Object ID

88.252.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic laminate
Wood (Plant material)
Plastic
Glass (material)
Cloth

Color

Brown
Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 19.75 in  (Receiver)

Width: 20 in  (Receiver)

Length: 14.5 in  (Receiver)

Height: 22 in  (CRT)

Width: 24 in  (CRT)

Length: 13 in  (CRT)

Inscriptions

Exterior front center, top Inscribed in plastic coating on CRT: SAFETY / GLASS Exterior front center, top Inscribed in plastic coating on CRT: PHILCO / Predicta [logo script] Exterior back center of CRT: PHILCO / Predicta [logo script] Receiver cabinet interior back left side, tear tag, stamped and glued: 11888 Receiver cabinet interior on back cover, lower right, paper label: schematic Receiver cabinet interior, ink stamp on chassis: 10305321807 Exterior back of cabinet, lower left: PHILCO / MODEL NO 4710 / 117 VALGOCYC1.8AMP Exterior back of cabinet, above power cord, paper label: CSA Testing Laboratories / APPROVED / POWER OPERATED / VIDEO / S-7598 [number may have been longer - end is torn away.] Exterior back of cabinet, lower right: PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT / Call ........ / for Philco Factory-Supervised service / and GENUINE PHILCO PARTS Front of cabinet, lower right, dark brown plastic with gold letters: PHILCO

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