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Westinghouse H840CK15 is one of the very first color televisions with the remarkable RCA 15GP22 cathode ray tube. Above, actual images of the lead actor appearing in the 1948 movie, “The Red Shoes” as seen on this television.
The following list was compiled by the Early Television Foundation as of July 31, 2022. Vision4 Magazine volunteered to maintain the list going forward because Marlin Mackley’s site was removed from the internet. As of July 5, 2023 there are 34 known sets, and the highest chassis number on the list is 000819. We know there are more out there. Contact us if you would like your set added to this list. We look forward, hearing from you.
In October, 1951, Westinghouse Electric Co. completed construction of a new production plant for color television in Metuchen, New Jersey.
Production began January 10, 1954 at Horsehead, New York, and moved to the Metuchen plant.
As of April 16, 1954, the Concord Transcript report approximately 200 H840CK15’s a day are in production.
Production terminated about June 30, 1954.
”ME” Metuchen, New Jersey.
July 5, 2023
From Jeffry Skolarus;
Found a H840CK15 with chassis # ME 000551. No further information given. (This model may be the same as “MW 000551” on the list below) This is #34 added to the list.
October 15, 2022
From Don Jones:
”H840CK15 Ser # MW005571 PURCHASED 2018. THIS SET IS ALREADY LISTED ON THIS SITE IN 2016 BUT CRT WAS NOT GOOD. FOUND IN WEST HAMILTON IN HOME OF FORMER CWC REPAIRMAN AFTER HE DIED. SET IN NEAR MINT UNUSED/UNREPAIRED CONDITION – ALSO NOS CRT TUBE STILL BOXED UP FULLY PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED AND IS NOW IN WORKING MUSEUM QUALITY CONDITION. THIS SET IS GOING TO BE RE-SOLD IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR ANY ONE INTERESTED”
October 3, 2022
This entry is from Fred’s PacRatz site and the television is listed below. Thank you.
September 19, 2022
This Westinghouse is on permanent display at the Early Television Museum in Hilliard, Ohio.
August 30, 2022
This Westinghouse is on display at the Senator John Heinz History Center and included in the below list. Donated by Richard Brewster and transferred to the Heinz History Center in 2007.
August 8, 2022
We now add H840CK15 #33 to the list, from Don in Maryland, thank you.
“I have a h840ck15 in columbia maryland. chassis no. me000323 back mw005826 crt sn mw000323 I got it in the mid-60’s when I was in a ham radio club at Westinghouse. It used to belong to Maynard Briggs who was a ham and engineering manager of the Westinghouse Electronics Division in Baltimore. He sold it to a W field engineer who was also a ham in the club, who sold it to me. (I got it to watch Star Trek in color while in a Westinghouse work/study program) About 40 years ago, it was still working. I slowly powered it up last year using a variac. Most of the filaments lit up, but the high voltage rectifiers didn’t. The most significant question is whether the CRT is still good. I think there’s a decent chance it is, but that is TBD.”
Early Television Foundation List
|Manufacturer||Model||Serial #||Added to Database||Notes|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 005648 (back) MW 000410 (chassis)||7/30/08|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 005064 (back) ME 000259 (chassis)||2/21/13|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 005571||7/17/16||Good CRT * See post 10/15/22 above.|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW005779 (back) ME000562 (chassis)||9/6/18||From Oklahoma City Let Go. Good CRT|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||ME 000500 (chassis)||working|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 006012 (back) M 000819 (chassis)|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 006273 ?||7/27/16|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 005284 (back) MC 021093 (chassis)||working|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 005284 (back) ME 000012 (chassis)||donor chassis|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||Ebay 7/15/06. Good getters|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 005845 (back)||10/10/13|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 005994 (back)|
|6/17/17||Orig. from Reynoldsburg, OH. Sold by ETF. Working. Restored.|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||5/20/18||Bought from Asheville, NC thrift store for $250.|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||ME 000275 (chassis)||Developmental CRT C-73599|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 000551||10/10/17||Missing CRT bezel, back, knobs, speaker.|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||25 hz power supply|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||2/29/20||Restored, was working|
|Westinghouse||H840CK15||MW 006814 (back)||7/11/22|