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RCA Servicemen's Achievement Award Statue
statue is a man holding the atmoic symbol with an RCA vacuum tube
in the center of the symbol.
The statue stands
about 12" tall (without the base).
One of these
statues is silver colored; the other statue has green, brown, and
These two statues are missing the original plastic base (with the
Rembrandt TV Antenna
I won this antenna
on ebay. It is an uncommon design that I like.
antenna is probably from the mid-1950s. It has no manufacturer's
marking that I can find. It has a heavy cast iron base and an adjustment
knob positioned in the center of two geodesic-shaped balls on either
side. Both the rabbit ears and the center antenna section are adjustable.
I won this antenna
on ebay. I had been looking for this particular antenna for over
It is an American
5-K Indoor TV tenna (probably from the mid-1950s).
Master Rabbit Ears
The two circular
wires give these rabbit ears a particularly nice design. The base
is cast iron and Bakelite.
King Retractable Antenna
antennas extend (up to 42 inches) and retract by turning the round
knob on the front of the plastic cabinet. These came in several
different colors of plastic and still work very well today.
antenna has rabbit ears that are hinged in the middle (allowing
them to fold down or up). Two coiled wires in the middle section
of the antenna apparently improve reception.
I have three
of these antennas, including the less common model with a lighted
antenna made by the Hi-Lo Antenna Corp. is about 32" wide.
I thought it would look fun on top of a vintage TV.
"Ro-To" TV Antenna
were made by various manufacturers in the late-1940s, but this variety
with the open framework is less common.
U-70 UHF Converter
This RCA unit
looks more like a radio than a UHF converter. Initially, all TV
stations operated using the VHF frequency. But, in 1953, Portland
was the first city in the nation to begin broadcasting using the
UHF frequency. Early TVs were not designed to receive UHF broadcasts;
consequently, UHF converters were used to connect between the TV
and the VHF antenna allowing the TV to receive both VHF and UHF
New York World's Fair RCA Exhibit Card
card (I believe) was given to people visiting the RCA exhibit to
certify that they had been broadcast on television (which was being
introduced and demonstrated at the fair). Typically, the person's
name was handwritten on the card.
Click the card
image to see both the front and the back of the card.
If you own a
bunch of working vintage TVs you need some replacement picture tubes
in various sizes handy.
This tube is
a 12LP4, shown with the harness that Philco used to mount CRTs to
the cabinet. I also have spare 7JP4, 10BP4, 10FP4, 12JP4, 12KP4
CRTs for future use (and not for sale).
Plastic Kraft TV Cameraman
I couldn't resist
this TV-related vintage toy to put on top of one of my vintage TVs.
He stands about 4" tall and swivels on the base.
I thought he
was so cute that I bought a second one on ebay a week after buying
the first one.