The Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers: Zenith G2326 14" 'porthole' tabletop television receiver, 1948.
A Zenith G2326 14 inch 'porthole' television receiver made in the United States, c. 1950.
All early television sets had circular cathode ray tubes in order to cope with the immense air pressure on the outside of the tube. Initially the television picture produced on the screen was square, changing to the more familiar oblong shape in 1949. Traditionally in Europe, the face of the tube was fitted with an oblong mask to hide the part of the tube that had no picture on it. In the United States, these ‘Porthole’ sets became popular, the picture completely fills the circular screen (the corners of the picture are lost).
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- The Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers at the National Media Museum, Bradford
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