Pye B16T television receiver, manufactured by Pye Ltd, 1946.
A Pye B16T television receiver, made about 1946, made in England.
The B16T was Pye's first post-war television set, and sold at £35 and 9 pence. Pye were the only company to offer a new design of television in time for the re-start of broadcasting in the Britain after the war. The other sets available at the time (and there were very few of them) were all pre-war design (sometimes put in a different cabinet to make them look new).
As early as 1941 Pye had a theoretical design for a post-war television using a new type of valve which formed the heart of Britain’s wartime radar receivers and in 1943 members of their radar team discreetly began work on a post-war television. This work gave Pye a development lead over other manufacturers, enabling them not only to be the only manufacturer able to offer an all-new television design (the model B16T) but also release it a full two months before regular transmissions resumed.
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