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1964 Motorola Cadet Portable Television

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I have always been a sucker for vintage electronics. We came across this when were out antiquing.

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What amazed me about this little portable television is how clean it is and that it has its original stand!

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As you can see it looks like this little fella was hardly used. It does turn on and has sound. If I decide to use it of course I will have to get a converter box.

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It’s such a cute little set!

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What makes the Cadet so unusual is the handle on the side and the antenna and earphone jack is apart of the handle as well.

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Because of the flash it looks baby blue but in person but it is more of an aqua color.

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I think I will put this in the kitchen and hook up with a small DVD player.

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This will join our museum, I mean home! LOL!

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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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