New TVs in old cabinets

Predicta site brings retro future to mind

Does it feel somehow wrong to watch Nick at Nite on a plasma screen TV?

Indulge your nostalgia with a visit to the Predicta site, which offers new color televisions in cabinets that are replicas of the original Predicta futurist models produced in the 1950s by Philco.

These recreations have been turning up on shows from HGTV to the Emmys. However, at a price of $1,200 to $3,300, there’s a significant cost to retro-fitting your entertainment center.

MZTV, the museum of television in Toronto, has a gallery,, of original Predictas from 1958 to 1962, when Philco went bankrupt and was purchased by Ford.

Though it also has a big bubble on top, don’t confuse the television set with the Predicta custom automobile, , built on a Thunderbird chassis.

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