Pilot TV-37 television receiver

1947-1949 in New York county
Pilot Radio Corporation

Pilot TV 37 television receiver ('suitcase' set) A Pilot TV 37 television receiver ('suitcase' set), from about 1948. It cost $99 (USA) when new
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Pilot TV-37 Candid 3" portable television receiver, 1947-1949.

A Pilot TV-37 television receiver ('suitcase' set), made in the United States c. 1948.

This 3 inch screen set cost $99 when new and was the first to go on sale in the USA for under $100, at a time when larger sets sold for $300 or more. They were a popular gift for students going to university. The set came in a suitcase-style carrying case which also held the folding aerial. Although designed to work on the USA 525 line system, some were brought in to the UK and converted to 405 lines. The initial low cost of the sets made it worth the effort to convert.


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electronic components, glass, plastic (unidentified), plywood and wood (unidentified)
television receiver
  • component - object
The National Media Museum, Bradford

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