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1957 Sylvania Halolight Blonde Tabletop Television

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Please excuse those unsightly cords,  I plan to remedy that soon enough.

A while back I came across this television in Sacramento.  I thought it might be a good conversion project for our friend Justin of Stellar Electronics.  Justin said he liked the tv, so I offered to pick it up.  But, once I picked it up I fell in love with it!  It was so clean and even had the original floor stand. IMG_0123

I asked Justin if he would be interested in a conversion trade for our 1960 GE conversion that he completed for us sometime back.  Luckily, he agreed.  The General Electric conversion was dynamite, but this style TV works better with our decor.

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This television is now in our guest bedroom.  I refinished the cabinet to match the Franklin Shockey bedroom set in the room.  It all looks so fantastic together.

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These are nondescript corner speakers.  I plan to replace the fabric on both of them with something atomic.  I’ll also refinish them in the champagne Heywood Wakefield toner sold by Jeff at Needful_Useful_Things on eBay.

These are the corner mount wall speakers that Mel and I picked up to complement the Sylvania.  I plan to rewire them and get them hung in time for the up and coming Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour.

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Justin also added more modern connectivity to the back of the set.

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Of course, this is what these televisions are known for, the ring of light on the front.  I am so glad we have a Halo in our collection now.  This is such a unique television.

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This television has a pleasing glow and has multiple setting for the brightness of the surround.

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We had this fantastic asian television lamp that I knew would look great on this set.  The whole idea of the Halo television was to make tv lamps obsolete, but I couldn’t help myself.

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I plan to just have a DVD player hooked up to it so guests can watch any of the classic movie flicks we have in our collection.

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 This was the last piece of furniture to add to this room.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the look of this room.

1952 Stewart Warner TV Restoration and Conversion Complete!!

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Here she is all done! Of course, this was originally a table top model but I couldn’t resist putting a lazy suzan hair pin leg base on it.

When Mel and I were first dealers at Midway I looked into Justin’s shop (Stellar Electronics) and I saw this TV cabinet. I remember thinking I would love to get my hands on it. Over time as I got to know Justin and he knocked out a couple of conversions for us I asked him about this TV cabinet. Justin said he actually had plans to dispose of it, so I asked him if a conversion was an option and he said sure!

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Here is where we started with. This restoration and conversion was a little bit of a Frankenstein, but I think it looks great.

As in my earlier post about this television, I took the cabinet home and restored the case and dressed it up. We had plans to place it in our kitchen so we could watch the boob tube as we enjoyed dinner.

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Once I was done with the restoration, I dropped the cabinet back off to Justin and he worked his magic. He found a donor television and mounted it into the cabinet. Justin also installed an HDMI connection!

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The front panel flips down for your component connections.

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Justin hid the sensor in the right knob. You can see the small hole.

Justin always manages to mount the remote sensor in hard to find locations.

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As usual, TCM is playing. I think that is Ingrid Bergman on screen, not sure what movie though.

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We are very pleased with how it all turned out. It is great to know that new life has been breathed into this old cabinet. Once more it will entertain a new family that will enjoy it for many years to come.

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Oh, you also might have noticed our Moss lamp with the Hedi Schoop

figure mounted on it. What makes this Moss lamp unique and rare is that it’s also an AM radio.

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I think we have all the conversions we have room for. I recommend that if this seems cool and something you might be interested in, to check with Justin of Stellar Electronics to see if he can complete a conversion for you.

1952 Stewart-Warner Television (9202-cx) Restoration & Conversion Pt.2

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Now that the walnut stain has dried, it is time to apply the polyurethane. I applied 3 even coats.

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As you may have noticed, Lucile in the background. I felt she deserved a shout out! It’s funny, the classic Stephen King movie Christine is playing while I write this, and it was a red and white classic like ours, but his was a 1958 Plymouth Fury. I hope we have better luck with Lucile!

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Back to business…..I have had this hairpin swivel stand for a while now and thought it would look great attached to this television. Unfortunately, it had been sitting out in the weather so it needs sanding and the bearings need some grease.

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I love the cover and finish of this gold paint. I buy it from Michaels. I have noticed a lot of gold spray paints look cheap and fake, but not this one.

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Here it is after all the clean up! I think the gold on these hairpins will look great with the gold surround.

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Here is a dry run of what it will look like. I think it’s gonna look fantastic!

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These are the original dials that came with the television. These will just be for looks once the conversion is done. I will permanently affix them to the front of the television. I do need to find a matching knob insert to complete its appearance.

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Well, my job is done. Now it is heading over to Stellar Electronics so Justin can work his magic!

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1952 Stewart-Warner Television (9202-cx) Restoration & Conversion Pt.1

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 We were at Midway Antique Mall stocking our shop when I ran into Justin from Stellar Electronics. I asked him about a cream colored table top television that I had seen in his shop for some time. I told him we needed a small television for the kitchen and that would work. Justin said he had no real plans for it, so I took it home.

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This cabinet was in pretty sad shape. It had a lot of dings and scrapes. I was assuming from what I could see that I would have to re-veneer it or paint it to salvage the cabinet.

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I started sanding through the paint to discover between the paint and the wood was old polyurethane. I was thankful for this because the polyurethane prevented the paint from getting into the grain of the wood. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the condition of the wood beneath all the crud.

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The overall condition of the veneer is remarkable for being just over 63 years old. Though it is not perfect, I would say after sanding it is pretty darn clean!

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After a few hours of sanding and stripping, I got the whole cabinet down to bare wood. I am completely surprised with how nice the cabinet is.

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I applied two even coats of a walnut stain. I plan to polyurethane the whole thing, but that will be tomorrow. I want the stain to soak in well and be completely dry when I spray it.

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To up it’s atomic appeal, I have this hairpin swivel base that I plan to mount the television on. I still need to clean up the legs and grease the bearings.

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Here we have the surround and the control panel cover. They are in well used condition, but thats nothing a little spray paint can’t help.

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Just cooking in the sun!

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Well, that was enough for one day. This will be a multi-part posting. I plan to polyurethane it tomorrow and restore the hairpin legs. I will more than likely have to reinforce the bottom since these legs will be holding the weight of the television. After that is done, it is off to Justin’s for it’s conversion!

1958 Olympic Hi-Fi Combo Color Conversion

IMG_5847This was a long anticipated arrival!  Justin picked up this 1958 Olympic Hi-Fi (black and white) unit at a yard sale a while back and when I saw it in his shop I knew it had to be be mine.  You might remember the GE conversion  Justin did not too long ago.  That unit worked out great, and I knew Justin would do the same with this unit.

IMG_5822Justin went through the radio and record player to make sure they worked perfectly.

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IMG_5823Justin did such a fantastic job on this one.  He went as far as to custom make switch mechanisms so the original knobs work and function with the new conversion.

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Without further ado here is the result of Justin’s efforts.

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And as with all Justin’s conversions it comes with a universal remote, not standard equipment in the 1950’s!

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Justin also installed the remote sensor in a way that it doesn’t take away from the appearance of the unit.

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That little black rectangle is the sensor he installed in the grill of the Hi-Fi console.

Another great piece to enjoy for years to come.

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1959 Philco Safari H-2010

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Presenting the Philco Safari Model H-2010, the World’s First Transistor Battery-Powered Television. Take it anywhere-enjoy it everywhere! It’s the all-transistor Philco Safari. 15lbs. of portable fun. Fine-screen picture, glare-proof hood, built-in antenna, long-life battery, rich leather case…a fabulous “first” from Philco! $250

Mel and I recently picked this little fella up and love it! It has such cool styling and real genuine top grade cow hide. This is the first truly portable transistor television!

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They came in two colors, black and tan. The black seems to be more desirable but I like the tan.

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Here is the black version.

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Ours fired up just fine. The great thing is that since it is a transistor television you don’t have to be afraid to plug it in even if it has sat a while.

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We are soo happy that all the knobs, hood and antenna are all there. Unfortunately, you find these without the hood pretty regularly.  The leather on this unit is very clean without much wear.

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The screen you see is a reflection of a smaller screen below the visible screen. I don’t have a converter hooked up right now so all you see is static.

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Here is the battery that allowed these to become wireless. No surprise mine is long gone.

Here is a great commercial and some ads…

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Here we have Buffy and Maximilian watching their Safari while cruising the lake in their Chris Craft, lucky!

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Cool idea taking it to the beach but if I recall sand and electronics are arch enemies.

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Ultra Atomic 1950’s Television

Mel and I picked this up a while ago and we get so many compliments on it. When we purchased it it did not come with a television only the cabinet. We purchased a flat screen that fit and installed it. We are soo happy with the outcome.

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