Portable Television, "TV-8-301", 1959
Metal, plastic, glass. Gift of Hiroko Onoyama. 2013-40-1.
- Manufactured by Sony Corporation
What is this?
Portable television with square screen set in long rectangular gray metal housing with rounded edges; moveable visor at front; black plastic handle at top, retractable antenna at top left rear, station dial and volume control dial at top right rear; three square white control buttons on bottom front under the name SONY; metal base.
Why is this in our collection?
Sony Corporation was formed in 1945 in Tokyo as a radio-repair shop, and today manufactures an array of technological goods to great success. In the 1950s, it developed a reputation for transistor technology, which it used in portable radios. In 1959, the company adapted that technology to the television set, and the resulting product was the TV-8-301. Launched in May 1960—the same year Sony Corporation of America was established—it caused a monumental shift in Sony’s product line, and was a game-changer for both the company and the industry. The TV-8-301 marks many important moments in television history: It is the world’s first fully transistorized television set. It is the first direct-view... more