View Full Version : New to Forum and '50s era TV

03-13-2012, 09:42 PM
Hello, my name is Al and I was reffered to this forum by Tim P., who shares my love and ownership of 1955 buicks. He posted photos of one of his other hobbies, restoring appliances and televisions. I have always wanted one of the early/mid 1950's televisions in good working order. I am located in Montgomery County, MD outside of Washington, DC. Anyone in my area in this hobby and selling an early to mid '50's restored television in good working order?


03-13-2012, 10:58 PM
Darn, you had me until you said "good working order"! I don't think I have anything that quite qualifies, not right now at least. Welcome, though!

Electronic M
03-13-2012, 11:22 PM

There are many collectors on the east coast (not me though) so I'd imagine you should be able to find a restored 50's set for sale.

These sets often do need service every 6 months to 3 years when used as daily drivers so it may be a good idea to get some tube radios to practice repair on, and eventually work your way into TVs, if you don't have a willing tech near you to keep it going. Other pluses of learning electrical restoration include not having to locate a tech if and when you fall in love with some local unrestored set you happen upon, and there is an addictive feeling of joy/accomplishment when one succeeds at fixing a set one has put a lot of effort in to or when one successfully tracks down a tough bug.

There is lots of good info, and good folks here.

03-14-2012, 06:22 AM
Hey, glad to see that you made it! :D

03-14-2012, 07:53 AM
Hi Al, Welcome to the TV funhouse! There were so many more TV manufacturers in the 50's than later on.

If you live in suburban DC, stop by the Radio-TV museum in Bowie.

I would be happy to contribute to a classic appliances thread, maybe in off-topic forums, below.

03-14-2012, 08:05 AM
Start one up, and I'll be glad to chime in :)

I just picked up a 1938 General Electric refrigerator in really nice shape. Which reminds me, I have to get a door seal for that thing......

03-14-2012, 12:22 PM

Welcome to the site :)