Lee de Forest crowning Sylvania's Tube Queen, 1952

Sylvania Electric Company1952/1952

History San José

History San José
San Jose, United States

In celebration of his pioneering work in electronics, Lee de Forest was presented with the billionth vacuum tube off Sylvania Electric Company's assembly line in May 1952. At a subsequent Waldorf-Astoria luncheon in New York, Dr. de Forest crowned "The Tube Queen." (This photograph in the Lee de Forest papers is from de Forest's Sylvania Billionth Tube Award Album).


  • Title: Lee de Forest crowning Sylvania's Tube Queen, 1952
  • Creator: Sylvania Electric Company
  • Date: 1952/1952
  • Location: New York
  • Physical Dimensions: Photographic print, 10 x 8 in.
  • Provenance: Lee de Forest collection (gift of Marie de Forest to the Perham Foundation), acquired in 2003 as part of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History San José
  • Type: image
  • Contributor: Lee de Forest (1873-1961)

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