“world's best collection of antique tvs”
The world's best collection of antique television sets, from the 1920s through the 1950s. Guided tours, demonstrating many of these sets in operation. The Early Television Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of the technology from the early days of television. Our website's mission is to preserve and make available to the public the history of early television, from the mechanical systems of the 1920s through the introduction of color televsion in the 1950s. The Early Television Foundation was founded by Steve McVoy. As a teenager he worked in a television repair shop after school, and sometimes worked on 1940's sets such as the RCA 630. In 1999 he sold his cable television business, was looking for something to do with his time, and decided to collect early television receivers. At that time he was unaware that television existed before World War Two. However, shortly after deciding on his new hobby, a RCA TRK-12 appeared on Ebay. He bought it and restored it. Over the next year he met many of the collectors in the United States. Most were very willing to show him their collections, but their sets were in their basements or attics where they were difficult to see. As his collection grew, he began to run out of space to display it. He then came up with the idea of starting a museum; so that he would have a place to put his growing collection, and so that the public could easily view the collection. The funding for the Foundation and Museum comes primarily from four sources: donations, proceeds from our annual convention, sale of duplicate items donated to the museum, and contributions from the McVoy family. We are a 501 (c) (3) non profit private foundation, so contributions to the foundation may be tax deductible.
Today, with the very advanced technology that we have, it is nice to take a tour down memory lane. This museum houses television units from the past. The collection of the owner was really wide. It's amazing how each antique unit still works. Visitors can try and operate the tv sets and experience how it is to be watching tv from the old times. Certainly one fascinating place to visit.
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Early Television Museum
- Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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