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.

Date Made: 1939

Maker: RCA Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Television


See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Popular Entertainment, Family & Social Life, Communications, 1939 exhibit, Domestic Furnishings


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from Col. Frank E. Mason

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.326100Catalog Number: 326100Accession Number: 258911Model Number: TRK-12Serial Number: 32

Object Name: television receiver

Physical Description: wood (overall material)glass (part material)metal (part material)plastic (part material)Measurements: 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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-f515-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1096721

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.