RCA TRK-12 Television

Description (Brief)
From 1939 to 1941, about 7,000 television sets were sold. This new technology was out of reach for most Americans as sets ranged from $200 to $600. Television broadcasts were limited to a few large cities such as New York and Los Angeles; they became available across the country only after World War II. This early set, serial number 32, was used for limited, experimental service in the New York area.
Currently not on view
Object Name
television receiver
Date made
RCA Corporation
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
glass (part material)
metal (part material)
plastic (part material)
overall: 40 3/4 in x 34 1/2 in x 20 1/2 in; 103.505 cm x 87.63 cm x 52.07 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
model number
serial number
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Domestic Furnishings
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Col. Frank E. Mason

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