1946 – DIY Television

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Build It Yourself

At the end of WW2, thousands of radar sets and Gee navigation equipment became redundant. The component parts appeared on the Tottenham Court Road and Lisle St, London, in a number of small shops, such as Gee Radio and GW Smith.


US example from the Heath Kit company renowned for self build radios in the late 50’s & early 60’s

The component parts such as IF strips and CRT tubes flooded the amateur radio surplus market and were used to build radios, Hi Fi amplifiers and Televisions with instructions appearing in Wireless World, Practical Wireless and later specialist publications such as Practical Television.
The late Peter Lloyd built such a TV from surplus parts and is now in our collection.

Peter Lloyd’s TV

CRT Pictures Malvern
The CRT pictures were taken by Doug Fisher of the amateur actors in the play “Journeys End” screened on 11th January 1946

Some older people may remember magnifying lenses from the early fifties as they were popular for the very small 9 inch CRT TV’s of the time. You could also buy a screen to fit over the front which converted your black and white TV to colour. It had a three colour gradient with blue at the top, a reddish tint in the centre and green at the bottom,

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