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Old 02-01-2018, 01:22 PM
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Found in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais

Probably belonged to the first television station of that state, which began broadcasting on November, 8, 1955. The whole transmitter apparatus is there as well, the picture is just of the monitor and table. The black and white picture is of the first Brazilian TV station, which began transmitting in São Paulo on September 18, 1950.

I was very excited to know that this thing survived. Here in Brazil the culture of preservation is almost non-existing.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:30 PM
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Boy they sure knew how to make tech look cool back then. I suppose that's because it was hella expensive and they were trying to sell it.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:40 PM
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It seems that every manufactured good looked better in the 1950's people had a better sense of styling back them. I have a food mixer from that era and the thing is really cute, it looks like a rocket that came straight out of Flash Gordon.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:17 PM
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Ya know if that were near me & abandoned I'd be tempted to bring a variac (Probably would need 3ph 460VAC for the TX) and see if I could make my own analog channel some April fools day.
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:02 AM
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I'm surprised that MG was five years behind São Paulo in getting television. Belo Horizonte was among the most modern cities at the time (at least architecturally) and quite a large market (much smaller than SP, of course).
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Old 02-02-2018, 03:55 PM
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Television was a HUGE investment, specially for a country like Brazil, so the expansion of television in Brazil was very slow. Also, it seems that there was some political disagreement involved, because Mister Chateaubriand ( the guy who was behind the introduction of television in Brazil ) sided with the military and political factions who deposed President Getúlio Vargas in 1954, so the license for the Belo Horizonte station was not signed earlier than 1954.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:29 AM
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I wonder if they'd consider shipping it to Ohio for "preservation"
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