Ekco television receiver, type TMB272, 1955.
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This Ekco television with a nine inch tube was the first truly portable UK-produced television set. It could be powered either from mains electricity or by a 12-volt car battery, although its heavy power consumption left many users unable to start their car after a couple of hours viewing. It also boasted a VHF radio. When it was first launched in c 1955 it sold for £69 6s. Ekco (E K Cole Ltd), named after its founder Eric Kirkham Cole, began as a manufacturer of radio sets in 1924. During World War II (1939-1945) the company specialised in developing radar systems for the government, only becoming a leading producer of television sets after the war.