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the "Safari" transistor portable TV
 

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Philco "Safari" chassis 10AT10

Circa 1959 the worlds first all transistor, battery operated B&W portable TV. It featured a 2" CRT with a unique reflector/projection lens system that produced a remarkably good picture (approximately 5" X 7") viewing it at about 3 feet from set. It was claimed that you could view what was comparable to a 14" picture tube at 4 feet. The lens/optical system was unique in that the further away from the set you were, the larger the image appeared. About 3 1/2 feet was optimum. The set was 100% engineered, designed and manufactured in the USA by Philco and a marvelous piece of engineering it was. Many of the transistors used were specially designed and hand selected for best performance in this set. Even after all these years, most of these sets still perform quite well. Of the ones I've seen that do not work have usually suffered from abuse or moisture damage. Philco was one of the largest manufactures of radios and TV's from the late 20's through the 50's. A belated salute to those great Philco engineers of yesteryear!

The set came in two color schemes, black w/chrome trim and tan w/brass trim, both were covered in genuine cowhide. The "Safari" was 16 1/2" tall & 8" wide, it sold for $250.00. Another feature was the rechargeable alkaline battery with the charging circuit built-in to the TV's electronic.

 << High quality reprint paper items (manuals, labels, instructions etc.) are available for the above other models.

 

 << High quality reprint paper items (manuals, labels, instructions etc.) are available for the above other models

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