Hallicrafters 505 televison receiver

1948 in Illinois
Hallicrafters Company

Hallicrafters model 505 television receiver,1948. Missing its brown rubber screen bezel & safety 'glass' (Perspex) SEE HAZARD RECORD.

Hallicrafters model 505 television receiver,1948.

Reputedly this set, which features a wooden cabinet, was designed by Raymond Loewy’s firm, (as was its sister metal set, Model T-54, and many Hallicrafters radios of the time). It was considered an inexpensive set at the time, only US $169.50 when new. Both 505 and T-54 are based on the economical 7" diameter 7JP4 picture tube which uses electrostatic deflection.

Hallicrafters' pushbutton tuner was an unusual feature, and this set is early enough that it still has the pushbutton designated for Channel One, (which in 1948 had been decommissioned from television use by the FRC/FCC). The Hallicrafters Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1933. It had numerous military electronics equipment contracts during the second world war. The company stopped producing television sets in 1958. Part of the Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers.


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electronic components, glass, plastic (unidentified), textile, wood (unidentified) and wood veneer
television receiver
  • component - object
The Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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