I'd say these are the coolest glasses ever...juice glasses, or whiskey glasses, they are the tops!
A highly prized souvenir of the 1939 New York World's Fair. Carried home and put away on a high shelf. Probably never used. I don't think a spec of paint is missing! Sharp and clear as the day they were made.
The Art Deco design is a schematic of a vacuum tube / radio tube. Done on a frosted glass with a clear bottom. They stand 3 1/2 tall and measure 2 1/8" across the top.
I also have the Post Card from the RCA building and that will come with the 4 glasses if you wish.
RCA introduced black-and-white television when it broadcast Franklin Roosevelt opening the 1939 New York World's Fair on April 30th.
The RCA Pavilion was designed by the renowned U.S. Modernist architectural firm of Skidmore & Owings. When viewed from the air, it was shaped like a radio tube, attracting much attention since aerial views and models of the fair were immensely popular as they showed visitors the scope of the exhibition. The first sight to be seen inside the entrance of the building (see photo above) was the Phantom Teleceiver, now a prized piece of the MZTV Museum Collection. People were amazed by the quality of the television pictures on this unit. The great majority of visitors had never seen television before, and the set's transparent cabinet removed any doubts in viewer's minds that magic or trickery was involved in obtaining the pictures.