When I was a kid we had an old Fairbanks Morse B&W TV set that flickered
all the time. My dad tried to have it fixed, but none of the TV repair
places in town could cure it.
Now, when you buy a colour TV, the faces are the right colour, the TV
set doesn't flicker and you get a remote control so you don't even have
to get up off the couch.
When I was a kid , probably around 4 or 5 , Dad traded his Harley for a 12"
round screen Hoffman B/W set with built-in AM/FM radio tuner . Knowing just
how much my bikes have meant to me , I consider that an act of pure
unselfish love for his family ...
AM too! I didn't know they had that until now.
My father was a dentist and did pretty well financially, but we were
definitely not the first family on the block with a TV. Wnen he finally
got one it was a 19" DuMont with continous tuning (no detents) and a
fine tuning knob also, and a tuning eye (two green rectangular lights,
side by side. They went up or down when adjusting the fine tuning, and
when they were the same height, that was as well tuned as one could make
Becaus of the continuous tuning, the FM radio band was right between
channels 6 and 7, or 7 and 8, or something. There was also a switch so
one could turn off the video circuits and just listen to the radio. Of
course in my small city, about 1954, there were no FM stations. In
fact it might have been 15 years before any place but NYC had FM
After 2 years in Brooklyn, I moved to an apartment there, where just
above had lived DuMont himself. But he had died 9 years earlier (1965)
and maybe moved out earlier than that. McGonigal (sp?), a VP of
Standard Brands, had lived in my apartment some time before I got there.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_B._DuMont a big name in all aspects
of early television, including designing critical parts, manufacturing
tv's, starting the DuMont Television Network
Wow, 19" was huge back then. We did have one of the first on the block
in the early 50's, maybe even late 40's. It was about 12", a Philco.
It was a big wood box that say on four legs.
I remember watching Milton Berle, Sid Ceaser
We later had a 21" sometime in the 50's, but not sure of the year. That
was a console model. Us kids were the remote channel changer.
We had a neighbor who worked at Bell Labs. In 1948 he had a tv set which he built himself, set up in part of a closet, the 10" picture tube was viewed thru a hole in the closet wall. The set occupied a large portion of the closet.
I am currently restoring a 1947-48 RCA 10" round tube RCA, metal cabinet, table set. Working on the sync circuit. Picture tube in remarkably good shape.
Yeah, if I had kids, I woudln't need remote control. Even if they were
40, I'd make them come over and change the channel.
We used to have a floor radio. After the tv came in, that went up into
the attic and never got played again. I'm sure my mother gave it to
Goodwill when we moved when I was 10, if Goodwill would take it.
After the tv, there was no radio in the living room, although I don't
remember listening to it when it was there. .
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