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Barney Miller’s electronics store, 1988

Posted on August 11, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Harry Miller and son Barney Miller inside their electronics store, Barney Miller's, on East Main Street in downtown Lexington, Oct. 21, 1988. The store was opened in 1922 by Barney Miller, Harry's father, as an auto accessory store. He began selling radios about one year after opening and radio became his exclusive product during the depression of the 1930s. After a trip to the 1939 World's Fair in New York where they saw a RCA demonstration of television, the father and son team ordered 10-inch black and white sets to sell. Harry sold the first TV in Kentucky to Warren Wright Jr. at Calumet Farm for $600. Harry took charge of the company in the late 1940s and '50s because his father, who died in 1965, was ill during those years. The younger Barney took over in the 1980s. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Harry Miller and son Barney Miller inside their electronics store, Barney Miller’s, on East Main Street in downtown Lexington, Oct. 21, 1988. The store was opened in 1922 by Barney Miller, Harry’s father, as an auto accessory store. He began selling radios about a year after opening, and radio became his exclusive product during the Great Depression. After a trip to the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, where they saw an RCA demonstration of television, the father-and-son team ordered 10-inch black-and-white sets to sell. Ten years later, after returning from World War II and earning a degree from the University of Kentucky, Harry Miller sold the first TV in Kentucky to Warren Wright Jr. at Calumet Farm for $600, Barney Miller said. That price was the equivalent of more than $6,000 today. Harry took charge of the company in the late 1940s and ’50s because his father, who died in 1965, was ill during those years. The younger Barney took over in the 1980s. Harry Miller died in 1999 at age 77. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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