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For television, the invention of the transistor (in 1947) meant portability. Not only did the transistor make the television smaller and lighter, it also made it much more energy efficient, and that allowed for televisions to be powered by batteries. That key fact made television mobile for the first time and kicked off the portable video revolution that continues to this day.
The transistor television was the epitome of high tech in its time and conferred considerable status on its owners. This book celebrates the golden age of the transistor TV, which began in 1959 with the Philco Safari and continued through the late 1980s. It begins with the larger portables and continues through the various styles and fads of the transistor TV—the “tummy TVs,” the futuristic models, the near-pocket-size portable types with tubes on end, the expensive “exec-tech” sets, the Watchman right-angle-picture-tube types, and the pocket LCD models, both reflected-view and direct-view.
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