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Projection Screen Television

Projection Screen Television

Projection Screen Television

Television was in its infancy when this projection screen TV was introduced. It was unique for its large screen – 15 x 20 inches. At the time, the size of any television’s screen image was dictated by the size of the picture tube. The larger the tube, the larger the image. But a large picture tube was impractical for a piece of living room furniture so Philco developed an optical system that used a small picture tube, a focus-correcting lens, and reflective mirrors, all which could fit easily into a cabinet and create a nice large picture for family viewing.

The Kolodzieyczyk family of Kalamazoo purchased this TV in the early 1950s when there were only two stations available in west Michigan – WKZO out of Kalamazoo, which began broadcasting in 1951, and WLAV out of Grand Rapids beginning in 1949.