OLYMPIA at London's Olympia venue was the last pre-war radio and
television exhibition to run its full course. At this show the 1939
model-year sets were released. The following year's show was interrupted
by the outbreak of war.
By now television
was becoming more established. The BBC Television Station at Alexandra
Palace was settling down to a regular fare of drama, hobby demonstrations
and musical turns with the occasional outside broadcast included
for good measure. Broadcasts such as Wimbledon and the Boat Race
were seen as 'treats' and involved considerable organisation and
The year 1938
saw the second generation of television sets come onto the market.
There was an effort to bring down the prices to broaden the appeal
and the lower cost sets, such as the Pye shown here, generally had
smaller screens. The older, more expensive models continued alongside.
For more background
on television events in this seminal year, click HERE
for Jon Evans' excellent site.