Baird 'Tin box' televisor

Made:
1930-1940 in United Kingdom
maker:
Plessey Co. Limited
inventor:
John Logie Baird

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Baird 'Disc model' televisor, manufactured by John Logie Baird and Plessey Company Limited in c. 1930. Serial No. 191.

The original Baird ‘Televisors’ (television sets) were made with mahogany cabinets and were very expensive. This later ‘tin box’ model, priced at just over £18s, was designed for Baird by Percy Packman, an engineer at Plessey.

The first experimental television broadcasts from the Derby would have been very low resolution – just 30 lines of television, received by the very few who owned a ‘televisor’.

Only about a thousand of these sets were sold, as buying DIY kits based on the same 30-line system proved the cheaper and more popular option. It would have been purchased to watch the periodic Baird Studios/BBC broadcasts between 1929 and 1935.

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Details

Category:
Television
Object Number:
1958-132
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, mechanical components, metal (unknown), wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (estimate): 550 mm x 690 mm x 310 mm, 11 kg
type:
televisor
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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