MZTV Museum of Television Opens in Liberty Village, Toronto

24May14

By Ed Conroy / MAY 23, 2014

Museum Television Toronto

Toronto’s own visionary prophet of the airwaves Moses Znaimer re-opened his Museum of Television yesterday, and now welcomes all curious and card carrying fans of the medium to visit this weekend as the MZTV Museumof Television & Archive participates in the citywide Door’s open program.

Not just content with pioneering and broadcasting his own unique brand of exalted content, Znaimer also digs the apparatus: his collection of vintage Television sets is a geeked-out heavenly shrine to the art of TV technology, from boxy postage stamp sized screens to hulking, Martian-like monstrosities on the likes of which our (great) grandparents witnessed the first human being walking on the moon.

Moses Znaimer

 The mandate of the MZTV Museum of Television and Archive is “to protect, preserve and promote the        receiving instruments of television history”, and with the largest collection of North American boob tubes  dating from the 1920s to the 1970s on display, a stroll down the aisles of the MZTV museum is guaranteed to  nuke your nostalgic synapses.

 As a learned student of communications philosopher Marshall McLuhan, Znaimer has long  been fascinated with the delivery system – “the Medium is the message!” – and iconography  showcasing classic TV sets can be found throughout his work, from the salad Citytv days  right up to his booming Zoomer empire.

 Highlights of the Museum include the truly alien RCA TRK-12 Phantom Teleceiver, “the rarest TV set on the  planet” from the 1939 New York World Fair. The guts on this beautiful unit were intentionally open and on  display to remove any doubt that magic might have been responsible for the live images it displayed – sort of like the Citypulse newsroom of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

TRK Television

WHERE : The ZoomerPlex, 64 Jefferson Avenue in Toronto’s Liberty Village (one block South of King Street)

Read the rest of this article and see photos of other rare TV sets, as well as videos of historic programming at http://tinyurl.com/lylts5p .

zoomer museum

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2 Responses to “MZTV Museum of Television Opens in Liberty Village, Toronto”

  1. 1 Maureen Marriner

    I have one of the first portable TV’s if you are intersted, My Dad got it for his retirement iin approx 1980.

    • Thanks, Maureen, but I am not personally a collector of vintage TVs. If you are interested in selling or donating your portable TV, I recommend that you contact the MZTV Museum of Television in Toronto. Here is the URL for their website, where you will find their postal and email addresses: http://www.mztv.com/ …..AlexK


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