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Posted 6 months ago

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PhilDMorris
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I saw my first Predicta Television at my favourite auction and thats what made it so amazing for me. I had never seen one before and I got excited when it came up for auction in 1979. I believe I even had to ask the auctioneer to put it up and the bidding started at 5.00, a great buy. I bid and there was no opposing bids so it was mine. I found there was a radio and t.v. tubes seller close to my home, so I did replace a few tubes, although I don't think they were bad. I got some good reception and the only show I watched on it was the weekly Buck Rogers in the 21st century re-runs !! I was more intent on having a good tan instead of wathcing t.v. whick I never did.

The second Predicta I owned was the one that I used on my small glass table and it was the Philco Princess. When I moved to Toronto I found it at a t.v. repair shop in about 1981 and had to buy it since it was working and the price was right.

The next 2 I bought from Moses Znaimer since he had a t.v. museum in his t.v. station, City T.V., in Toronto where he lived and he was the expert. I was lucky to have met him as he was the owner of Marilyn Monroe's last t.v. and he had bought that at M.M.'s famous auction. He had showed me the two larger models of the Predicta televisions and I had to have them. The t.v.'s were all purchased within a few short years of each other and after that they seemed to be getting much more expensive.

I had bought a predicta also in the mid 1990's at one of the shows I did but sold that one same day to two chinese fellows who needed it. I never photographed that one. I also considered buying one of the attractive floor models but never found the right one. By the early 2000's someone was making them in Color but the price was around 3000 I believe and soon after they stopped making any conversions to colour.

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  1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 months ago
    I always loved those. Such iconic TV's for the "Atomic Age".
  2. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 6 months ago
    Interesting. I didn't know they had so many variants.
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
    Black and white !
  4. roddyq roddyq, 6 months ago
    The TV's are really great!! and your green theater chairs are so cool!!
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
    Are your leopard's glass eyes crossed too ? LOL
  6. fortapache fortapache, 6 months ago
    I've always liked them too.
  7. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 6 months ago
    Oh cool, this goes straight into my "love at first sight" collection. Love those babies, the photos, the story!
  8. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 months ago
    Thanks mikelv85 and spirit bear for the comments. They did have a lot of variants of their t.v.'s !
  9. Manikin Manikin, 6 months ago
    I am in love with your collection and I want to step into photo #4 and enjoy all the fabulous retro items I see in picture . What a dream home to wake up too and The TV's are so Jetson looking . Thanks for sharing these photo's Phil and all the background info on them . Love love xo
  10. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 months ago
    Thank you blunderbus2, you are a superstar !
  11. Manikin Manikin, 6 months ago
    I would Frame these and hang on my wall ! Whoever took photo's did a great job :-) xoxo
  12. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 6 months ago
    Wonderful! What a great post. Thank you for sharing.
  13. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
    Nice! Phil, I already told my Predicta story in another post but will tell it here too: the Predicta was the first object I wanted to buy as a collector when I was about 10 or 12 years old. I obviously didn't have the money and my father refused to pay for it as it was "garbage" as he said :(...maybe someday....
  14. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 months ago
    Thank you roddyq and fortapache for the nice comments !
  15. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 months ago
    Thank you bijouca for the nice comment !~
  16. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 months ago
    Thank you Manikin for the nice words, xoxo.
  17. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 months ago
    Thanks Mani, my tripod took the photos on 10 second timer.
  18. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 months ago
    Thanks mcheconi for the growing pains story, Our parents definitely never saw the happiness the tv would have brought you...
  19. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 months ago
    These are fantastic! Thanks for posting!
  20. Radegunder Radegunder, 5 months ago
    I always love the stories behind the antiques you post!
    Thanks for sharing! Hermann
  21. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 months ago
    Thank you vintagelamp for the nice comment !~
  22. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 months ago
    I just saw one of these on ebay and it happens to be located about 15 miles from my house for pick up only. These are so cool!
  23. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 months ago
    That is great, vintagelamp !
  24. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 months ago
    Phil, Please see new pics of airplane ashtray.

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