Which tube should I replace, in my black and white TV?
How can I get a new needle for my phonograph?
How can I clean the heads on my eight track player?
What can I use, to clean the nib on my quill pen?
It's stainless, with a split tip.
How does one clean the touch hole of a flintlock?
What's the best brand of pooper scooper for my
I don't recall that, but as a young kid I recall watching the Wizard of
Oz for the first time on a B&W tv.
When a big deal was being made of everything turning to color I did not
know what was going on it all looked the same to me.
Seeing that in a movie theater back in 1939 would probably have been
pretty impressive though!
Back in those days, just having a TV was so amazing no one even thought
about color. When color TV's were first available they were very
expensive and the quality was poor...so most people stayed with B&W.
Color TV's did not become popular until the late 60's when the price
dropped and the quality rose.
BTW: My father told me he first saw television in 1949. He watched a
boxing match on (probably) an 8 inch screen and did not think TV was
going to catch on.
I live at "ground zero" and in fact commute to work each day 30 miles to
downtown Salt Lake.
Here, all the sessions are shown on broadcast TV. Right now between
sessions, there's an interesting program about BYU Jerusalem and life in
the ancient city.
Enjoy your day.
That's got to be fun to be so close to the
action. I think Dufas and I are going to
have to give you some trouble about your
signature line, you call me (or call yourself?)
N-word and tell me to have a good day.
Try the 6AU6 as that is one of the more common ones to go.
We used to pull the tubes and take them to a Pep Boy store where you can
test them and buy a replacement. That is a real number that popped out
of a cell way back in my brain.
What is this "solar power" you speak of ? Mine is wind-driven ;-)
BTW, my windmill-powered wi-fi router is too slow for Netflix
streaming. I have a creek (stream ?) nearby, would a water-wheel
version be any better ?
My brother still has the photos he took of the B&W footage of the first
moon landing in 1969. He started planning the project about a month in
advance by taking pictures of the TV in various lighting conditions,
keeping a log of what set up he used for each picture on the roll. He then
sent them out to be developed and compared the results to his log so he
would know the best lighting to use on July 20.
He then sat in front of the TV snapping picture after picture. My, how
things have changed!
IIRC, many of the tapes were re-used and would have been lost for good
if other countries had not recorded the event.
As to those photos your bother took from the TV screen, they are
probably valuable collector's items and I'd be /very/ much interested to
know if any are available. I am a photography curator and will be doing
a show in October. Please email me if your brother would allow the
display of copies of those photos.
My wife is a gallery director and she allows me to curate a photography
show every 18 months
my gmail addy is philo565
Also: In the early days before video tape, shows were recorded by
filming right off a studio monitor. Kinescope recording was quite poor.
All my life I had waited for the day man would go to the moon.
Unfortunately that day was spoiled by the fact that I was inducted into
the US Army the next day. I assumed I was going to soon be killed in
I was discussing this on Facebook. When the ground tracking stations were
switching from goldstone ca. To Australia as the earth turned, they started
tracking there. Actually a large non nasa dish down there was also tracking
which could get a better signal. One of the stations began video taping
from a camera aimed on the main slow scan monitor. Recently they were
looking for the original slow scan data tape of the event. There was a
large search. They found out it was erased to save taping costs. The backup
video recording was resurrected. It was this which was used on a NASA
special. The image on everyone's tv was not nearly as good as original
downloads in real time. Remembering 6 astronaut moon landings.
The movie, the dish, had some of the replay of the stations activities.
My uncle was in the business so we had one very early. I can't remember the
brand, but it was a bulky countertop model with a maybe a 8" screen, not the
furniture types that TVs became later in the '50s. We were also lucky to
have a local channel, WRGB. That had grown out of W2XB, an experimental
station at General Electric Schenectady that had first broadcast in 1928.
When color first came out, it drove my uncle nuts. Those were still the days
when TV repairmen made housecalls and could often fix the set in place. The
biggest problem was adjusting the color controls so Uncle Milty's face
wasn't magenta. It required a certain artistic flair that's never run in the
There was also a scam that ran in the magazines of the day. For an amazingly
low price you could colorize your existing black and white TV. It consisted
of a plastic overlay you stuck to the screen. The picture was in color, but
what color was another story.
My memories of '50s TV programming was it was superior to most of what you
see today. I wrote it off as the nostalgic memories of a young kid where
everything was bigger and shinier. However, after watching DVDs of some of
the old broadcast shows, I really thing they were better than the current
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