A must here at Obsolete technology Tellye Museum.
The BRIONVEGA ALGOL 11" is a portable 11 Inches B/W television recognizeable for his famous design and compactness (Isn't easy to service).
It designed by Richard Sapper was born in Munich in 1932. He studied philosophy, graphic design, engineering and economics. From 1956 - 1958 he worked for Mercedes Benz until he moved to Milan, where he worked with Marco Zanuso for Brionvega. Other companies he worked for are Siemens, Fiat, Pirelli IBM and Alessi. His most famous design is the Tizio lamp for Artemide. He was a professor at the Hochschule fuer Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. He received the "Compasso d'Oro" 5 times.
Marco Zanuso was born in 1916. He graduated from the Milan Polytechnic (architecture) in 1939. He worked as a freelance designer and architect. He was editor of Domus and Casabella-Continuita. He worked with Richard Sapper for Brionvega in the 1960's creating industrial design classics like the Algol portable TV. He was a professor at the Milan Polytechnic.
It has Channels selector for VHF and UHF Channels only in manual way !
It can be even powered with a 12volt source.Recently, it has become more popular than ever to watch TV in a car as the number of cars increases. In general, a storage battery of 12 volts is used in small cars while one of 24 volts is used in large cars so that there is a disadvantage that a separate power supply device is required for driving a TV set in compliance with the respective battery used in the car. The present invention relates to a power supply circuit of a television receiver used in an automobile, and in particular to a power supply circuit of a television receiver which enables two different voltages from two kinds of supply respectively mains at 220v and dc 12v.
And it weight much more than another 11 Inches portable B/W.
This little portable, plastic-cased TV set is shaped so that its screen tilts upwards slightly. The front of it is just the screen — no knobs, buttons or speakers or any kind of surround whatsoever. All the incidental stuff is mounted on the top or sides. A telescopic aerial sprouts from near the front, rather than the back as is more normal, while a hinged metal carrying handle is cranked to fit snugly into the bend at the top of the box.
Specifically, the original Algol 11″ was a black and white television that came in three colors: bright sun orange, black night, and moon gray. The metal retractable handle is a hallmark (shared by the TS-503 radio I should mention) that makes this a portable set. The TV receives VHF and UHF signals and uses a one meter extractable rod antenna for the VHF and a 19.5cm circlular antenna for UHF. It is also possible to connect to an external aerial. Power is either AC (125 – 16- =220) or via 12V DC. Dimension is 26 x 22 x 31cm and it comes in at 7.6kg.
The TVs are in the permanent collection of international museums including MoMA. The Algol TV was designed in 1964 by the the Italian Marco Zanuso and his German colleague Richard Sapper, who between them produced a string of enduring products for Brionvega in the 1960s using new miniaturised circuitry.
The Algol TV was considered by some, such as Flavio Manzoni, VW’s Creative Design Director, an “everlasting artwork”
Description from Brionvega in Italian:
da portare con sé.
E' un'invenzione da regalo;
lo si può avere in più anche per ambizione:
il primo televisore-transistor al mondo con
cinsecopio da 11" a schermo rettangolare.
Schermo libero, sviluppo in profondità.
un apparecchio guardabile con piacere
da tutti i lati, elegantissimo,
a superficie continua.
I programmi si cambiano a pulsante,
funziona dovunque, supera le zone difficili,
è il transistor assoluto.
Richiesto dalla Commissione
per la documentazione e preselezione del
premio Compasso d'Oro 1964.
Designers Marco Zanuso e Richard Sapper.
Un altro invito Brionvega
alla migliore televisione.
Brionvega is (was) an Italian electronics company, established in Milan in 1945.
Good design is no longer simply for an "elite" but is demanded by a far wider audience interested in continuous development.With so many designs and products available, how is it possible to distinguish a truly outstanding design from one that is simply trendy. World famous designers: Hannes Wettstein, Mario Bellini, Richard Sapper, Marco Zanuso, Castiglioni brothers and Ettore Sottsass, have tried to come up with the answer to what constitutes the perfect design. In finding inspiration, when designing for Brionvega, these people look beyond every day fashion and look for examples which are outstanding in their beauty. They also pay attention to people's attitude and how they relate to everyday objects.
Historically speaking, Brionvega is one of the most famous radio and Television manufacturers, thanks to its products, born from the collaboration with well-known design firms. Over the years, from its establishment, Brionvega has made some industrial design corner-stones, such as the radio "cube" TS502 from 1963, the Algol and Doney portable TV, and the radio-phonograph RR126.
The BRIONVEGA stylish design is well recognized around the world for it's particularity.
The television here in collection The ALGOL 11" is a clear example of that style.