In 1951, Mullard were made aware of an absolutely hilarious occurence. A proud owner had bought a Bush TV22 bakelite TV .
Anyhow, he was moving it to try and find the best spot for it and guess what, in typical Mr Butterfingers Numpty style he dropped it and shattered the case, however, all was not lost and the chassis and tube were quite fine and our slip fingered gent wrote to Mullard moaning about the fragility of Bush bakelite but praising the enduring qualities of Mullard glass.
The TV22 bare chassis was retrofitted with an alternative casing and went on to provide sterling service safely ensconced in an orange box, tastefully painted in battleship grey, using a type of mica loaded paint designed for electricity pylon protection.
Could this be an early example of 'UPcycling' - goodness how I HATE that term! Thus clothed, the set allowed a grateful family to watch the 1953 Coronation - huzzah!
This episode prompted Mullard to publish the following cartoon in their in-house magazine featurung the eponymous Syd who espouses a salutory lesson to all of us who choose to monkey around with delicate thermionicalia (is that a real scrabble-able word I wonder??).