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Marconiphone television receiver, model 707, c 1938.

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Marconiphone television receiver, model 707, c 1938.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


This combined seven inch radio and television receiver was originally priced at 35 guineas. Following the outbreak of World War II (1939-1945), television transmisions in the United Kingdom ceased and these receivers were sold to the public at a cut price for use as a radio set. At the end of the war when transmisions resumed customers then found themselves in the fortunate position of owning a very cheap television set. Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), after whom the television was named, was an Italian physicist and pioneer of wireles telegraphy, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1909.

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