Bigger screens, cheaper, slimmer or more portable sets incorporating transistors - such was the picture at the preview in London, Aug 23, of the 27th British Radio Show, to be held for 11 days at the Earls Court exhibition centre.
GV & SV. Interior of show.
SV. Revolving display of slim-line TV sets.
GV. BBC remote camera control stand.
CU. Girl operates controls, camera tilts, etc., to picture zoom (various scenes).
MV & CU. Girl with diamond-studded transistor set.
MV & CU. Girl shows big radio valve and small transistor for comparison.
MV. Girl extends aerial on battery TV, opens front.
CU. Girl PAN to picture on above set.
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Background: Bigger screens, cheaper, slimmer or more portable sets incorporating transistors - such was the picture at the preview in London, Aug 23, of the 27th British Radio Show, to be held for 11 days at the Earls Court exhibition centre.
Visitors from 120 countries are expected to come to this most spacious show ever held in Britain, where 156 exhibitors - 13 more than last year - represent nearly all of the nation's major manufacturers in the field, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Since last year there has been a big swing towards the 21-inch television screen. One of Britain's leading home magazines demonstrates in four room settings how the bigger screen fits into the furnishings of the average-sized lounge. Very short new picture tubes have allowed designers to develop new styles of slim cabinets, using bright colours and elegant materials.
Push-button tuning and remote control are much in evidence. At the BBC stand visitors can see how the idea is being put to use in the television studio. At the turn of knob a TV camera is tilted up and down or swung from side to side.
No show is complete without its prize exhibit. This year's modest little trinket: a jewel-encrusted portable transistor set, covered in black suede and studded with 70 diamonds and other precious stones. It is priced at only 2,000 guineas - plus 3/6 for the battery.
Transistors are conquering the market in a big way. They are playing their useful role in about half of the domestic radio sets and are now being used also in very high frequency and television equipment. A comparison between the cumbersome conventional thermionic valve and its tiny transistor counterpart makes the choice obvious.
One of the new portable transistor TV sets, with a 7-inch screen, weighs only 20 pounds. Rechargeable from the mains, its batteries give four hours of viewing. Equipped with a hood for the screen, the set can be used in brilliant sunshine, and a telescopic aerial makes it self-contained.