National Geographic : 1954 Jul
© National Geographic Society + Tomorrow's Picnickers May Pack a Television Set with the Lunch In this hatbox-size set, tiny transistors eliminate all vacuum tubes except the picture tube itself. With "rabbit ears" antenna the 5-inch screen can capture a picture telecast 15 miles away. The experimental bat tery set, under test by RCA, weighs 27 pounds. 93 Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer Willard R. Culver + Corn-kernel-size Transistors Can Make Science Fiction Come True Electronic brains using these devices can perform miracles. Yet construction is simple, as the giant model shows: a tiny germanium bar, three wires, and plastic case. With the twist of a button a transistor in this telephone increases volume for the hard of hearing.