Motorola VT71
   

7" screen, 1947
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A number of manufacturers offered introductory-level electrostatic sets in the immediate postwar period, but none marketed them more successfully than Motorola.  What grew into a complete--and ubiquitous--line of 7 and 8 inch screen sets in cabinets of various wood finishes, bakelite and even tolex-covered portables, originated with this table model. 


Common among these sets is deformation of the screen gasket, most having slowly melted into an ugly glob.  Fortunately, a few sets survived into modern times with gaskets relatively intact.  A mold was cast from one of these for the purpose of making reproduction gaskets.








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