TV8-301 Portable Television, 1959
Formed, bent, and enamelled metal, molded glass, molded plastic, electronic components.
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 began in Tokyo in 1945 as a radio-repair shop. 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 was the world’s first fully transistorized television set. It was also the first direct-view transistor TV and the first Japanese TV to be sold in the United States. The set reflects... more