Bush television receiver, type TV22, c 1950.
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Rear view of television with back removed to show internal components. This Bush television set has a 'walnut' Bakelite cabinet and innovatory nine inch screen. Bakelite (phenol formaldehyde) was the first synthetic material used for television cases. The original television sets were available tuned to individual BBC transmitters. This 405 line model, manufactured between 1950 and 1952, was one of the first to use an aluminised cathode ray tube ensuring that most of the light from the picture came out into the room, thus giving a brighter image. It derives its name from the location of the original Bush Radio factory in Shepherd's Bush, London.