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Entertainment => Television => Topic started by: berwyn senator on May 14, 2015, 03:59:33 PM

Title: TV sets of years past
Post by: berwyn senator on May 14, 2015, 03:59:33 PM
Remember the old black and white sets? The antennas screwed on the back of sets and had to be twisted and turned in order to get a good picture.Each channel was different.then a tuner on the set had to be also adjusted.There were all kinds of gadgets on the market all claiming a better picture,out door antennas bolted to a  chimney or roof.When the set wouldn't work there were tv repair men that would come to the house.The man would come with a case of tools and tubes,while he worked in the back a large mirror would be placed in front of the set so he could see the picture.Bills for repairs were never very much usually around $8.00,if the set didn't need a new tuner.Some manufactures were known to have bad tuners,only way to find out is when you bought one.I think we only had four channels,2,5 7 9 ? Saturday night kids would come over to watch Shook Theater and Marvin as host showing horror films Dracula,Frankenstein,and Wolfman.
Title: Re: TV sets of years past
Post by: buzz on May 14, 2015, 05:27:19 PM
Didn't the stations sign off the air at a certain hour ?  I seem to remember some ridiculous geometric symbol would be displayed when they stopped programming.
Title: Re: TV sets of years past
Post by: berwyn senator on May 14, 2015, 06:54:33 PM
Yes they did sign off around midnight after the late night movie,other stations without movies went off the air earlier.
Title: Re: TV sets of years past
Post by: berwyn senator on May 21, 2015, 01:46:55 PM
I bought a Sony portable 12"color set for $400 1970 no remote,that was all we could afford. Look what can be purchased today for the same amount of money.
Title: Re: TV sets of years past
Post by: watcher on May 21, 2015, 02:41:29 PM
Didn't the stations sign off the air at a certain hour ?  I seem to remember some ridiculous geometric symbol would be displayed when they stopped programming.


(http://www.jetcityorange.com/wallpaper/RCA-test-pattern-1280x800.jpg)

When TV arrived, programming was limited to a few hours a day. Equipment was in constant need of adjustment. The test pattern provided both transmitters and receivers a tool to tweak the signal for the clearest picture. In addition to the V-hold, H-hold, contrast, brightness and fine tuning knobs on the front, there were several adjustments on the rear of the chassis made with a "special" tool.
Title: Re: TV sets of years past
Post by: buzz on May 24, 2015, 12:23:17 PM
Yep, that's it.
Title: Re: TV sets of years past
Post by: berwyn senator on May 24, 2015, 06:28:00 PM
The black and white sets had a big picture tub,and many small ones.
Title: Re: TV sets of years past
Post by: dualref on June 13, 2015, 11:46:35 PM
And the early color sets had those oval screens rather than rectangular. A family down the street got a RCA color set around 1958 or so. I remember going over there with my dad to look at it. My dad said if I even look at that set the wrong way I'll get slapped! But I remember that the snow on the screen between stations (like Channel 6) even was in color!

 I think it wasn't until about 1963 or 64 that rectangular screens appeared on color television.
Title: Re: TV sets of years past
Post by: dualref on June 13, 2015, 11:51:07 PM
And the early color sets had those oval screens rather than rectangular. A family down the street got a RCA color set around 1958 or so. I remember going over there with my dad to look at it. My dad said if I even look at that set the wrong way I'll get slapped! But I remember that the snow on the screen between stations (like Channel 6) even was in color!

 I think it wasn't until about 1963 or 64 that rectangular screens appeared on color television.
Title: Re: TV sets of years past
Post by: berwyn senator on June 14, 2015, 12:08:02 AM
1971 we bought Motorola works in a drawer color 27' console,cost six hundred dollars.That year I had more company especially for sports programs.