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 Post subject: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Tue 06, 2018 5:57 pm 
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I have seen posts about clear TVs but have never seen one. How about posting some pictures here?


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Tue 06, 2018 6:02 pm 
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They are prison TVs. They are standard late model TV's with clear cases so that contraband cannot be hidden inside. Since they were never sold for home use, there is not, as far as I know, much collector interest.


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Tue 06, 2018 6:29 pm 
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Yes, I know, I want to see one.


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Tue 06, 2018 7:02 pm 
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I see them for sale quite often on eBay.


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Tue 06, 2018 8:09 pm 
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Here are some.

https://www.google.com/search?q=clear+p ... 25#imgrc=_


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Wed 07, 2018 5:14 am 
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TahoeTV wrote:
They are prison TVs. They are standard late model TV's with clear cases so that contraband cannot be hidden inside. Since they were never sold for home use, there is not, as far as I know, much collector interest.
There were many also sold commercially for home use in many brands. Generally the prison sets will have security decals, no speakers, and limited functionality.

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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Wed 07, 2018 5:25 pm 
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The clear sets were sold by Zenith & a few Koreans at retail.
Before them a prison set had the speaker removed & usually
a 1 to 1 audio transformer & jack added if done right. Rabbit ears
were also removed and a few tamper tapes added.......

73 Zeno 8)
LFOD !


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Wed 07, 2018 8:13 pm 
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The king of clear TV's - the 1939 RCA TRK-12 used at the NY Worlds Fair:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/57156785@N02/14303420966


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 12:30 am 
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As I recall there were two clear plastic RCA TRK-12 TV's, one was shipped somewhere and they ran a forklift through it or something like that.

There was one made from scratch.

Who has more accurate histoy than I.

I at one time had a TRK-12 and a complete set of chassis from one.

Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 2:51 am 
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The story I heard was three transparent TRK-12's were made for the World's Fair exhibition. After the fair was over two of them prompty disappeared and have never been found; one somehow made its way to Israel, where Arnie Chase (who sold his collection to MZTV, where the trans TRK-12 is now) bought it and had it shipped back to NYC. That's where it was rammed with a forklift at JFK or LaGuardia. He got the Smithsonian to restore it on his dime with the proviso they could exhibit it for the 50th anniversary (Craig here had a set in that exhibition, too).

I seem to remember Danny Gustafson telling me that on the way to restoring the set, the Smithsonian got hold of the original mold maker, or molds, or whatever, and Danny arranged for another set of skins to be made. No idea what happened to them.

Bottom line, there very well could be two more transparent TRK-12's hiding out somewhere. Everybody keep their heart attack pills nearby when watching Storage Wars.


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 Post subject: Re: Pictures of clear cabinet TVs
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 4:16 pm 
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Tim

Thanks for refreshing the history of the Transparent TRK-12's

A friend of mine had remains of the 1939 Exhibit that was used in Salt Lake City Utah. The Tevevision Station I was subsequently Chief Engineer of, W6XIS, KDYL, KTVT, KTVX 1983 to 98, had several of the TRK's as well as a couple of the Iconoscope cameras. They used this stuff to go on the air by 1948. I posted the history of KDYL to the ETF web site.

My friend spotted a working TRK in the break room when he was on a kid tour of the TV station as a kid. He obtained the complete TRK and a parts set as a teenager. He subsequently won a contest by RCA for owning the oldest RCA TV.

He gave me the TRK and I wasn't messing with TV sets and it was given to someone else who hauled it to California in a VW in the 1970's.

Jim


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