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About Panasonic

Corporate History

Innovative Products

17-inch monochrome TV

17-inch monochrome TVGearing up for the open experiment held in Kyoto before the full-blown start of Japanese TV broadcasting in 1953, a group of engineers joined forces to complete the development of the first National TV set, the 17K-531, in only two months. Unlike the round type CRTs, which had been the mainstream, this model had a rectangular CRT and screen like today's TV sets, and all screens have been rectangular ever since. TV sets were extremely expensive and valuable at that time, attracting curiosity, interest and admiration from the general public.

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