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Posted 4 years ago

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I picked up this portable TV as a freebie, advertised on Craig's List. It's not working, though it looks good enough for a display item. The original cord was cut off at the plug and so I removed it and found another cord with a plug of the same size (after reaming out the holes). Several tubes seem to light up but not the screen.

I believe it should have rabbit ears or some kind of an aerial on top but it just has a cable connection wired in. I found a similar TV shown on Ebay, dating from 1957. Would anyone have an original magazine ad for it or more information about it?

Jim

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  1. cis2you cis2you, 4 years ago
    In 1955, my husband purchased this same TV set as our very first. It had rabbit ears and lasted a very long time (throughout our college years.)
  2. Jim, 4 years ago
    That's good to know, thanks. Now to find those rabbit ears.
  3. raddios, 3 years ago
    I have one but yours has a beautiful color i love it
  4. packrat-place packrat-place, 3 years ago
    What a great retro item!
  5. lzenglish lzenglish, 5 days ago
    Very Nice, and brings back Good Memories! We had one that looked similar, but don't know if it was the same model. Here is a link that shows your set, and the good news is that it does not looked modified from the top anyway. Your rabbit ears appear to be missing the 2 telescopic antennas, but the base looks original. Go to the library, and ask for the "Sam's Photofact" for your set, and it will show you everything you need to know about it.
    http://www.tvhistory.tv/1957-Zenith-Z1512J.JPG
    Wayne

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