Ferguson 25'' 'ColourStar' television receiver, 1970.
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Demonstration model with cutaway cabinet. This colour television was produced by the British firm Ferguson, later taken over by Thorn-EMI and sold to the French-owned Thomson company. By the 1970s there were over 10 million black and white television sets in Britain, but colour television had already taken over in popularity with 14 million colour sets in circulation. The continual drop in prices meant that more households than ever before could afford to own more than one television set.