View Full Version : Strange RCA Victor portable TV antenna


old_tv_nut
08-31-2016, 04:06 PM
Has anyone seen something like this before?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272358846502?ul_noapp=true

decojoe67
08-31-2016, 06:37 PM
Yes, I had one years ago. Be aware that's it a big goofy looking thing. I got mine cheap somewhere, but never could find a place to display it and just sold it.

old_tv_nut
08-31-2016, 06:44 PM
Any idea what vintage it is? It sure looks crude.

decojoe67
08-31-2016, 06:51 PM
Any idea what vintage it is? It sure looks crude.
I never found any info on it, although I was curious about it too. I get the feeling it's mid-'50's. Possibly it was used as a sales display/promotional piece? It's just so ridiculously big in person that it looks strange atop a vintage TV.

old_tv_nut
08-31-2016, 07:01 PM
The wood base and oversize hardware says 1940s or even 1930s, but on the other hand "portable TV" doesn't jibe with that. Maybe it means it's a portable antenna for a large cabinet TV, not that it was an antenna for a portable TV.

decojoe67
08-31-2016, 07:38 PM
The wood base and oversize hardware says 1940s or even 1930s, but on the other hand "portable TV" doesn't jibe with that. Maybe it means it's a portable antenna for a large cabinet TV, not that it was an antenna for a portable TV.
It's possible, although I wouldn't go far as the 1930's. RCA used the free-form style logo then:
http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/mzUAAMXQw8hRar3n/s-l300.jpg
The block-style logo was post-war.
I agree about it not referring to a portable TV. By the way, the discs can be positioned anywhere on the rods with a set-screw.

Boobtubeman
08-31-2016, 09:49 PM
Kind of resembles barbells... Could look well in a weight training room :D

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Electronic M
08-31-2016, 11:43 PM
Construction of it makes it look more industrial/commercial than consumer to me.