Thus it began...

17" screen, 1951
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My very first "old TV set" way back in 1974.  It had belonged to the late husband of the little old lady who lived above The Olde Store, the city's historic first mercantile establishment-turned-antique shop.  It had sat unused in a garage behind the store for perhaps a decade or more before I found it, snooping around back of the place through windows.   She didn't seem to mind that and was only too happy to let it go for $15.  Turned out that she had only recently considered using this set again after the TV that originally replaced it in 1954 finally conked out--but upon turning it on for the first time in who-knows-when, something in back burst into flames!  Even after being serviced it only worked so-so, but did so for more than a decade afterwards with no further pyrotechnics.


Tube Complement
RF amplifier                  1   6CB6  
converter 1 12AT7  
video IF amp 2  6AU6  
3rd video IF 1  6CB6  
video detector 1  1N60 crystal;  some sets used 6AL5
video amplifier 1  6CB6 some sets used 6AH6
driver/limiter 1  6AU6  
ratio detector 1  6AL5  
audio amplifier 1    6J5GT  
audio output 1   6V6GT  
1st & 2nd clipper 1 6SN7GT  
horiz phase det 1  6AL5  
horizontal osc 1 6SN7GT  
horizontal output 1 6BQ6GT  
damper 1  6W4GT  
vertical oscillator 1    6J5  
vertical output 1   6W6GT  
B+ rectifier  1   5U4G  
HV rectifier 1   1B3GT  

To date, the last show watched on this set was Max Headroom in 1987.  Not long afterward it was put in the basement where it languished for the better part of two decades before my interest in vintage TV collecting--and preservation--was renewed.  At least I didn't pitch it in the interim.  Meanwhile the historic Olde Store is now a parking lot. 


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