Other Television Exhibitors at the Fair


RCA wasn’t the only manufacturer offering television to the public. In 1938 Allen B DuMont Laboratories, established by the inventor and entrepreneur of the same name, had already offered the first electronic TV sets for sale to the public with their 180 model. Manufacturers other than RCA also exhibited their television receivers at the 1939 World’s Fair. In their own pavilions, Westinghouse Electric and General Electric offered competing lines of consumer televisions. These companies also built studios with live cameras for conducting interviews. Even Ford Motor Company got into the act, placing television receivers in its executive lounge. Conspicuously missing was Farnsworth Television. Although Philo T Farnsworth was the first to demonstrate electronic television technology in 1927, his company was not yet manufacturing commercial television receivers.