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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.

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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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Very Rare 1950’s Philco Miss America Model F4626M Television

When we purchased this, it really did not require any special restoration. I touched up the cabinet and cleaned it but other than that it is in great shape. This Philco model was the first television model able to pivot side to side so you can turn the viewing direction . It has a really nice cabinet that had a lot of style. The great thing is that it works. Of course the antenna is not an option anymore (just for looks), but I did connect a DVD player and it works great (Some like it hot is playing). I am sorry but the quality of what was made then compared to today is incomparable. This television is over 60-70 years old and it works! Who ever owned it sure took great care of it.

What Mel and I like to do is once a month we plan for a 50’s tv night, usually on a weekend. What we do is hang out in our ultra 50’s living room, put in a 50’s movie and just experience what it was like. I can tell you there is something to the overall feel you get sitting there watching a classic movie on an original television from the period. We love it.

This will be a cherished item in our house for a long time.

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