Sica's Collection of
Vintage Electronic Junque:
"Toys That Make Noise"
Some TVs in my collection
Yes, I'm a TV collector. Here's my Christmas card!
I currently have somewhere around 200 early television sets in my collection.
(As a wiser man than me once said "If you know exactly how many televisions
you have in your collection, then you obviously just don't have enough!)
A few of my sets are on display in my home, a number are currently
being displayed in the New Jersey Antique Radio Club's
Radio Technology Museum at InfoAge but, sadly,
most are squirreled away in storage right now.
Here are a few of them:
Some smaller TVs on display in my office
TVs in the office
GE "Locomotive" 10-inch screen
Philco Predicta 21"
Fada "630" 10"
GE 810 10"
Admiral small bakelite console - 10" screen
(Purportedly the largest single-piece bakelite artifact ever made!)
Crosley "630" - 10" screen
Andrea 1-F-5 Prewar 5" (as found)
!-F-5 cabinet currently in the cabinet shop
Rare prewar Andrea 2-F-12 (I found it in a barn!)
The same set now on display in Early Television Museum
Steve McVoy of Early Television Museum and Dave
with the Andrea 2-F-12 in the museum
New addition! The "second" color TV.
One of the oldest color sets (Nov. 1955.) Essentially a 21" version of the
earlier CT-100. This set is actually much rarer than the CT-100.
(Note: this is not a photo of my actual set. Photo to come.)
Sony 8-301 (Sony's first solid-state portable TV)
Sony 5-303. My first TV!
Long gone, I found this replacement on eBay.
Another of my Sony 5-303s currently on display in our InfoAge museum
Blonder-Tongue "99" UHF Converter
My B-T converter, autographed by both Ben and Ike
Philco's first postwar set: model 1000
Sony "CV" series black-and-white camera
Some of my 1/2" EIAJ and pre-EIAJ open reel video junque
One of my 1947 Pilot TVs with 3" screen
One of my 1946 RCA 621 7" sets
My Tele-Tone 7" set on its way home from the Early Television Convention
One of the oldest sets currently in my collection:
a 1941 RCA TRK-12 mirror-in-lid set (with spare cabinet)
TRK with lid open
My living room. No flat panel TVs here!
My CTC-5 color "roundie" came from the David Sarnoff Library
Now in my living room!
We do receive DTV signals at home, but only on a 7" 1948 set!
Aaack! Could it be that I have hardly any photographs handy
of my over 200 radios? Here are a few. Check back for more.
RCA Radiola Senior
Atwater Kent 10C "breadboard" radio
Channel Master transistor radio
Given to me by my grandfather in 1960 and restored
to working condition by Charles Blanding in 2018
RCA "tombstone" mantle radio
A nice grandfather clock radio of unknown manufacture
I have a small collection of vintage microphones.
I use my RCA 77DX, which I acquired from the original owner.
It's in mint cosmetic condition and works like the day it was new!
The mike came with the original owner's manual and the cloth storage bag!
I have a modest collection of tape, wire and disc recorders.
Here are just a few of them:
Brush BK-401 tape (as in paper tape) recorder
I still use several my reel-to-reel recorders professionally on occasion.
It can be tough getting an old tape through the machine!
One of several wire recorders in my collection
You can listen to it here and here.
One of my two Ampex 350 studio decks
Another Ampex studio deck, Model 400
RCA's oddball "pre-Norelco cassette" Sound Tape Cartridge.
(I should have put a penny in the picture for size. This thing is about six inches wide!)
Some old tape boxes
Recognize this guy?
"The man who started it all" scribbles on my guitar!
I was fortunate to meet Les during his induction into the
National Broadcasters Hall of Fame at the Iridium.
A small and growing mountain of paper makes up part of my collection
Volume 1 Issue 1 "All About Television" (1927)
I have a bunch of "garden variety" test equipment and some collectible pieces
One of the more eclectic artifacts in my TV collection.
Yes, it's just a laboratory power supply, but it didn't come from just any lab...
...it has a pretty unique provenance!
(It belonged to Ray Kell, legendary RCA television scientist)
Several pinball machines, jukeboxes, a pachinko machine
and other arcade devices are included in the madness:
AMI Model "C" Jukebox (1950)
Three Seeburg "Trashcan" Jukeboxes (1947-1948)
Slick Chick. (1963)
Possibly the best-playing pinball game ever made!
Knock Out - a wood railed pinball game circa 1940s.
Baffle Ball home pinball game (1931)
No home should be without a gumball machine. Or two. Or three.
Me and my mom, circa 1955
and the TV on which I grew up watching Modern Farmer and the Indian Head test pattern
The collection includes an Osborne "luggable",
a Timex 1000, an Apple II and a few other pieces
of "retro" computer paraphenalia.
With Lee Felsenstein, the designer of the Osborne 1
"Thanks for Saving Me" -- Lee
My daughter couldn't believe that a word processor (WordStar)
could have such a primitive user interface.
The New Jersey Antique Radio Club: www.njarc.org
InfoAge Science Center: www.infoage.org
The Early Television Foundation and Museum: www.earlytelevision.org
David Sarnoff Library Museum: www.davidsarnoff.org
Antique Wireless Association: www.antiquewireless.org
I received the Antique Wireless Association's
2008 Award for Preservation of Television History
for work in recording and webcasting
early television preservation activities.
I attend the Early Television Convention every year at the Early Television Museum in Ohio.
I currently serve on the board of directors of the Early Television Foundation.
Our TIROS satellite antenna at
InfoAge's Project Diana moonbounce site
I am a life member of Infoag
I rescued this "flown flag" from the basement of RCA Labs.
(I didn't know at the time that a flag that had been in space was known as a "flown flag.")
It had been damaged in a flood and was going to be thrown out!
Now proudly on display at InfoAge's ISEC Center.
"Captain Video" speaks to the crowd during
The Great Cub Scout Invasion of 2008
at the InfoAge Radio Technology Museum
One of my RCA 630TS's is in our Radio Technology museum
The 630 was the first mass produced television and is credited with helping
to launch the golden age of television in postwar United States.
One of my RCA 721's and some of my other sets on display in the musem
RCA TK-10 Television Camera on display in the museum
I arranged for this camera to be loaned to the museum by a fellow collector.
Charles Osgood tours the Radio Technology museum
The New Jersey Antique Radio Club hosts swapmeets twice a year in Parsippany.
At NJARC meetings you can see things like the first 45!
An NJARC display featuring some of my sets.
This one was at the Trenton Computer Show.
Another view of an NJARC display
An NJARC display featuring some of my sets
An NJARC display featuring some of my sets
At the David Sarnoff Library Museum
Stay tuned. There's more to come.