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What is this?

Portable television with square screen set in long rectangular gray metal housing with rounded edges; moveable visor at front; black plastic handle at top, retractable antenna at top left rear, station dial and volume control dial at top right rear; three square white control buttons on bottom front under the name SONY; metal base.

Why is this in our collection?

Sony began in Tokyo in 1945 as a radio-repair shop. In the 1950s, it developed a reputation for transistor technology, which it used in portable radios. In 1959, the company adapted that technology to the television set and the resulting product was the TV-8-301. Launched in May 1960—the same year Sony Corporation of America was established—it caused a monumental shift in Sony’s product line, and was a game-changer for both the company and the industry. The TV-8-301 marks many important moments in television history. It was the world’s first fully transistorized television set. It was also the first direct-view transistor TV and the first Japanese TV to be sold in the United States. The set reflects... more

This is a portable television from Japan. It is dated 1959 and we acquired it in 2013. Gift of Hiroko Onoyama.

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Its medium is

formed, bent, and enamelled metal, molded glass, molded plastic, electronic components

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 22.2 x 21 x 31.1 cm (8 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 12 1/4 in.)

This object was manufactured by Sony Corporation

This object was donated by Hiroko Onoyama

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