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Cabinet Model Television, early 1960s

Cabinet Model Television, early 1960s

Our Christmas and New Year’s Object of the Month was this gorgeous wood veneered cabinet television (Eckovision 261/1). 

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It is a black and white model - in a floor standing cabinet - and was originally sold by H.E Drabble of Staveley and bears his sticker on the back.

Television was first demonstrated in London by John Logie Baird in 1926. Although this was an amazing breakthrough in technology, it was some time before most people could afford to have a television set in their homes.

In 1936, 50,000 viewers, in the south-east England, were able to watch the BBC transmit the first television service from Alexandra Palace in London, the coronation of King George VI.

Televisions at this time were small and transmitted only in black and white. Most screens were around 23cm and the image was grainy and easily lost. Passing cars even interfered with the picture! 

It was in the 1960s that television became affordable to most homes and in 1967 the colour television arrived! By the 1970s, virtually every home in Britain had one.

Last updated on 11 May 2020