Wow !, great find, that might be a "breathing hole" in the back to allow air circulation for something electric, are there any telltale marks or screw holes on the inside that would suggest that something was removed? the screen will keep the spiders out.
I agree with frogymon, the 6 holes near the top are screw holes to hold the top to the sides, not too sure about the holes in the bottom, they look different, do they all have screws in them,is there an open hole to let an electric cord go thru?
For some reason I'm thinking this was a radio cabinet, either before tv or right as black andbwhite tvs were starting to become affordable. I seem to vaguely remember one at a relative's house when I was young.
An electrical cord will fit thru any of the 3 holes in the back if the cord is pushed thru from the bottom & hooked up to whatever. Turn it over & see if you can find any clues of something that may have attached to the underside. Otherwise it's a great cabinet for just about anything & I'm envious.
back40bean, its very similar, wow, looks like frogyman was right on. How cool it is that your wife found a Life magazine showing the tv cabinet, tell her thanks.
infantail, everyone that see the cabinet says the same thing, they too are envious.
I'm very lucky to have had this fall into my lap and it was free !!!!!
Thanks again everyone :>)
Such a great stand! You can always put another shelf in it too for your books. I have a wooden TV stand that looks like a tea cart that held a B&W TV (but this was from 1960). No doors on it, but it belonged to my mom and after she used it for years minus the TV it was given to me and DH put a back on it and a shelf. I use it for books and other things. Sitting in my living room.
I can remember seeing my first TV. I baby sat for people who lived across the street from my parents and they had this tiny TV set sitting on a small table and I was so thrilled to watching a test pattern on it. But, that was around around 1950 or 51, don't know just when people could buy their own set, my parents didn't have one yet. I'm anxious to hear more interesting stories on what it was used for.