GE HM 171 Tabletop TV
tabletop top TV (about the size of an RCA 621).
This TV "picture
receiver" has a three-channel pushbutton tuner.
I am indebted to the previous caretaker of this set who spent 200
hours replacing non-original chassis components with "restuffed"
original components, replacing non-original tubes with period GE
tubes, flattening the badly warped original back panel, and so on.
The cabinet has its original shiny finish (with some scratches here
Below is a photo
of the chassis after it was cleaned and restored by the previous
Reception: This TV connects to a radio (such as the GE
H-73, H-634, H-638, or H-640) for audio reception.
I have the
GE H-634 radio (shown below).
I also have a 1939 GE tabletop radio-phonograph H-639 (shown below).
The distinctive Saturn-like tuning knobs are made of Tenite -- a
type of plastic that melts and may burn (as opposed to Bakelite
-- a type of plastic that does not melt but may burn). The design
seems to stay with the "1939 - World of Tomorrow" theme.
Modification: Some of these TV picture receivers (like
this one in my collection) had been modified to receive audio by
installing a speaker in the rear of the cabinet and adding one or
two tuning controls for volume and tone on the front of the cabinet.