Updated: August 31, 2005
ORIGINAL SEAVIEW CONTROL PANEL #01
Very Cool! Authentic and Original PANEL OF OPERATING DIALS
from the SEAVIEW SUB in IRWIN ALLEN'S HIT TV SERIES, VOYAGE TO
THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1964-1968).
Big panel is 19 inches wide and 10.5 inches high. Panel is
masonite with metallic veneer to make it look like metal.
There are holes at each corner for attaching to the rest of
the sub set. Hole at top left has some masonite chipped away
and metallic veneer has some chips around edges and cracks -
mostly bottom left. Overall condition is Very Good to Fine -
which is not bad for this piece considering it still exists!
Now to the good stuff:
There are two major dials - one is a volt meter at left and
the other is a knob that turns at right. Theres a small knob
that works and two switches - one of which operates. There are
6 large, metal reinforced holes in the panel - these are where
the lights shine through. Now - looking at the panel from the
rear we can see just what we have here. There are receptacles
- that appear to be in working shape, all wired and ready to
accept little bulbs that will shine through the 6 holes in the
front of the panel. Looks like one of the switches on the
front activates these bulbs. It also appears that the
voltmeter is attached to this or the second switch and circuit
so that it will peg on camera. Both assemblies are wired to a
standard two pronged plug that is still intact. Quite a nice
example of the old school special efx technology. It appears,
if you have the interest, that with a bit of tweaking and
repair, that this could become a truly marvelous - and working
- display piece. This is a rare item - How much of the Seaview
can still be in existence?
This item comes from the MUSEUM OF MOM AND POP CULTURE.