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Predicta

Philco's Predicta, 1958, in the collection of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
A Predicta mounted on a "barber pole" stand

The Philco Predicta is an American television made in several models by the Philco company in the late 1950s. It is arguably the most iconic television set in existence and is to many people the "classic" 1950s TV set. With its trademark detached picture tube, it is atypical of most early television sets which were built in sturdy wooden or Bakelite cabinets. It was one of the first commercially released televisions to feature a nearly flat screen.

Many Predictas were produced for the Holiday Inn hotel chain; but the design was considered too radical by everyday consumers, and many sets languished at television dealers. Slow sales, lack of a color model and very poor reliability eventually drove Philco into bankruptcy and sale in 1960.

Due in part to their 1950s styling and rarity of working examples, they are now highly sought-after collectibles. They have been featured many times in movies, TV, and music videos. Telstar acquired the rights to the name and now produces brand new sets with larger, color screens and modern internal electronics, but has not produced many sets in recent years.

External links

  • Philco Predictas, from the Mozes Znaimer Television Museum
  • Telstar, the new modern Predicta for sale
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