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John Logie Baird Ltd., 4 Upper Grosvenor St., London W1 [Sept 47]
Scophony-Baird Ltd., Lancelot Road, Wembley, Middlesex [1949]

1936 - 1939

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Baird T5 look-alike on a
magazine cover, December 1935.
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Baird produced by far the most different television models prior to the war, although probably not the most by sales volumes.

The book "Television Today and Tomorrow" (see note 1) describes the Baird model T5 as the "... first high-definition reciever [...] to be placed on the market". Indeed, the cover of the magazine "Television and Short-wave World" for December 1935 illustrated a set looking almost identical to the model T5.

T5 T5C T11 T12 T13
T14 T18 Table T19 T20 Console T20 Table
T21 T25 T26 T28
YEAR MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
1936 T5 C (Mirror)   20?   The set was on sale before the commencement of regular broadcasts in November 1936. As with many of the first televisions, the price dropped significantly in the first 6 months of braodcasting. £89-5-0
(1936)
1937 T5C C (Mirror) 15" 19   (To be confirmed : Same as T5, the T5C being a simple numbering difference). £49-7-0
1936 T6 C (Mirror) 15"?     Inc. Radio  
Aug37 T11 C 12"     Inc. radio. Price reduced to £57-15-0 around May 1938. The price included aerial and installation. £73-10-0
1937 T12 C (Mirror) 15"
Cathovisor
    Inc. radio. £89-5-0
1937 T13 C (Mirror) 15"
Cathovisor
    Incl. Radiogram £136-10-0
~Feb38 T14 C
(Mirror)
15"     Incl. radiogram. Built-in record storage that could be upgraded to a "cellarette" for an additional £5-5-0 £136-10-0
1938 T18 T 12"     Radio. Table model available with optional stool costing £3-3-0. £46-4-0
T18C C £49-7-0
1938 T19 C 18" x 15"
Projection
(5" C.R.T.)
  S'Het Optional 24" x 19" screen.
Push button radio (Bush!)
£157-10-0
1938 T20 Table 9"   S/Het   £36-15-0
Console   £39-18-0
1938 T21 C (Mirror) 12"     Inc. four waveband radiogram £75-12-0
  T22?            
  T23 C(Mirror) 15"?       £63-0-0
?1939? T24 T 9"       £31-10-0
~Jul39 T25 C 12"     Electrically the T26 was as per the T25 but without the 3-band radio. An optional booster amplifier was also available. £49-7-0
~Aug39 T26   £42-0-0
T27 C 15"       £50-8-0
T27(O)     Intended for use in "..schools, clubs, hotels and the like...". Housed in an oak cabinet with a special lock to prevent unauthorised use. £52-10-0
T28 C 9"        

It is probable that in 1937 the models T5C, T11, T12 and T13 were also marketted under the Bush name.

1946-1949

Extract from brochure announcing fitting TV to customers cabinet [36K]
Extract from a Baird brochure.
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In the immediate post-war period, whilst availability of components was not a great problem, the wood required for the manufacture of television cabinets was in extremely short supply. For a period, Baird offered to fit their television chassis into a customers existing piece of furniture.

In 1948, Zelco Ltd (53 Farrington Road, London E.C.1) were sole distributers of Baird televisions.

"Grosvenor" T29A / T29U "Everyman" "Garrick"
T163 T164 "Portable"
YEAR MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
<=Sep48 "Garrick" C 12"     Inc. radio. Models differ in cabinet presentaion only. All were shown at the 1947 Radiolympia (september)
£199-15-6 £162-15-0
£37-0-6
  "Adelphi" C
£225-16-4 £183-15-0
£41-16-4
<=Sep48 "Lyric" C
£225-16-4 £183-15-0
£41-16-4
  "Grosvenor" 22" x 19"
Projection
      Included an 11 waveband radio and had 30W audio output. Also included both a gramaphone player and recorder! Shown at the 1947 Radiolympia (september) Expected to be £1500
Sep48 T163
"Portable"
Transportable 9"     Self contained aerial. AC/DC
£58-12-10 £47-15-6
£10-17-4
~Sep49 T29A
"Everyman"
T 9"
Mazda
CRM192
11 1ch TRF
(L,B)
'A' for A.C. mains.
'U' for A.C. or D.C. mains.
?£36-15-0? £x-x-x
£x-x-x
  T29U 9"
GEC
6505A
?£36-15-0? £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Sep49 "Townsman" C 12" Mazda
CRM121
  Ch.1 or 4  
£75-12-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Sep49 "Countryman"   Optional radio (£10 10s)
£89-5-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Sep49 "Clubman" C 15"      
£220-0-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Sep49 T164
"Portable"
Transportable 9" Mazda
CRM92
    AC. Replacement for T163.
Manual.
£57-15-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
  T164     (To be confirmed : version including a radio)  

1950 - 1952

In 1950 Baird produced some 625 line sets for a show in Denmark on August the 6th.

In September 1952 the company changes it's name from Scophony-Baird Ltd. to Baird Television Ltd.

"Console 12" (year?) C1815 "Corronation" C2000 "Projector" T172 "Fifteen" P1815 "Windsor"
T165 "Twelve" P1814 "Balmoral" P1812 "Caernarvon"
YEAR MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
<=Aug51 "Twelve"
P167
T 12"
Mazda
CRM123
(Alum.)
17 1ch.
S/Het
Tuned to any of the five BBC channels by replacing the complete RF and mixer section which saw on a seperate chassis. £72-9-0 (Tax?)
  "Console 12"?
T167
C £89-5-0 (Tax?)
50/51 T165 T 9" Mazda
CRM92A
  Ch.1, 2 or 4  
£53-11-1 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
?Nov51? "Fifteen" C+D 15"      
£155-8-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Nov52 C2000
"Projector"
C+D Projection      
£204-15-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
Aug52 P1812
"Caernarvon"
T 12"
Mazda
CRM123
15 5ch
Plug-in coils)
Tuned to any of the five BBC channels by replacing the complete RF and mixer section which saw on a seperate chassis.

Built-in aerial for strong signal areas.
£66-3-0 £49-9-7
£16-13-5
Aug52 P1815
"Windsor"
T 15"
Mazda
CRM152B
£86-2-0 £64-8-1
£21-13-11
Aug52 P1814
"Balmoral"
T 14"
Brimar
C14BM
£77-14-0 £58-2-5
£19-11-7
Aug52 C1815
"Coronation 15"
C+D 15"
Mazda
CRM152B
£101-17-9 £76-3-9
£25-13-3

Note : Prices shown are as announced to the press when models were released. Thesediffer from thos given by the early 1953 brochure (illustrated at bottom of page).

1953 / 1954

Amalgamated into the Hartley group of companies in 1954, where it was joined the following year by Ambassador.

"Kinevisor"
YEAR MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
<=Mar53 "Carisbrooke Senior" C 17"       £91-17-0 (tax?)
<=Mar53 Type 43 "Kinevisor" Box ! 4ft x 3ft
Projection
22   Rigid anodised aluminium screen £165-18-0 (tax?)
Type 54
"Kinevisor"
5ft x 4ft
Projection
Collapsable tripod screen £181-13-0 (tax?)
Jun53 P1712
"Conway"
T 12" 15 5ch
Plug-in coils)
ERT. June 1953
£65-2-0 £48-13-11
£16-8-1
<=Sep53 P2014
"Frobisher"
T 14" Rect
MW36-24
15 5ch   £69-6-0 (tax?)
<=Sep53 P2017 "Shakespeare T 17" Rect
MW43-64
  £82-19-0 (tax?)
<=Sep53 C2017 "Elizabethan" C   £93-9-0 (tax?)

1955 - Onwards

Amalgamated with the Hartley group of companies in 1955 to create the Hartley-Baird group. This was soon aquired Ambassador, from which point on Baird and Ambassador sets used the same chassis' ?

P2114 C5617 C5621
YEAR MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
<Apr55 P2114 T 14"
MW26-34
18 (+1 for fringe) S/Het Fringe versions available for extra £3 3s

ERT 30Apr55
£71-8-0 £53-8-2
£17-19-10
  P2117 C 17"
£84-0-0 £62-16-8
£21-3-4
  C2117 C + D 17"
£94-10-0 £70-13-9
£23-16-3
  D2117 C + D 17"
£107-2-0 £80-2-3
£26-19-9
May55 T5617 T 17"
Mazda CRM171
16
Mazda
12ch  
£x-x-x £57-9-10
£x-x-x
May55 C5617 Corner console  
£x-x-x £66-16-0
£x-x-x
May55 CD5617 Corner Console + D  
£x-x-x £78-16-0
£x-x-x
Aug55 T5614 T 14"
Mazda
CRM141
 
£x-x-x £50-5-9
£x-x-x
Aug55 C5614 Corner Console  
£x-x-x £60-0-10
£x-x-x
Nov55 CR5617 Corner console 17"
Mazda CRM171
Includes Baird 301 AM/FM radio.
£x-x-x £102-1-6
£x-x-x
Nov55 C5621 Console 21"
Mazda
CRM211
 
£108-3-0 £77-6-6
£30-16-6
Nov55 C5717 Corner console 17"
Mazda CRM171
C5617 in a cheaper cabinet.
£x-x-x £60-15-11
£x-x-x
Aug56 T5719 T 17" 18 12ch  
£x-x-x £57-15-9
£x-x-x
Aug56 T5720 T 21"  
£x-x-x £74-6-1
£x-x-x

Advertisments

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Model T5
Advert from April 1937
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Model T5C
Advert from 1937
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Model T11
Advert from March 1938
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Model T18 (Table)
From brochure, August 1938
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Model T18 (Console)
From brochure, August 1938
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Model T14
From brochure, August 1938
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Model T19
From brochure, August 1938
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Model T20 (Table)
From Brochure, August 1938
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Model T20 (Console)
From Brochure, August 1938
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Model T21
From brochure, August 1938
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Garrick
Advert from September 1948
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1950 Range
Advert from February 1950
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"Portable"
May 1950
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"Fifteen"
Advert from November 1951
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"Twelve"
Advert from December 1951
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"Console-Twelve"
Advert from January 1952
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"Coronation-Fifteen"
Advert from September 1952
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(14-inch Rectangular)
Advert from October 1952
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"Projector"
Advert from November 1952
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"Caenarvon Twelve"
Advert from December 1952
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  1953 Range
Advert from September 1953
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C5621
Advert from September 1956
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Brochure from early 1953 :-
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Cover [60K]   Page 1/2 [99K]   Page 3/4 [89K]
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On-Line Manuals

Model(s) File Size Source
T29A / T29U 550K Manufacturers
Countryman (B'Ham) 330K Manufacturers
T164 660K Manufacturers
P167 & T167 530K Manufacturers
480 / 490 Series 2.3MB Manufacturers
705, 705A, 5000, 5000A 3.4MB Manufacturers

Odds 'N Ends

Picture of very early Baird CRT receiver [15K] Picture of Baird alongside a model T20 [18K]
Baird (lower right) operating the controls of an early Baird
Company's C.R.T.-based receiver, circa March 1934
Pre-war picture of John Logie Baird posing alongside
an unknown Baird model.

Notes : 1/ Television To-Day and Tomorrow" by Sydney A. Moseley and H.J.Barton-Chapple, 5th edition (1940), publ. Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd. The claim of the Baird T5 being the first high definition television on the market should be read in the context of the fact that the book contains a forward by Baird himself and the book's section "How Television Developed" is very pro-Baird.

Related websites: 1/ Early Television Foundation (www.?) Contains a lot of information on pre-war television from throughout the world.
     
     

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