Old & interesting, that’s me. I went to a book sale on Saturday. I was almost the only one there, everyone else in the world owning a Kindle. There were some church ladies running the sale who were talking about their very first televisions. One of them said that the first television they saw had oil in front of it to make the image larger. I got on the website for The Foundation and Museum of Early Television www.earlytelevision.org and found a photo.
Another gal said the first one she saw came with a magnifier.
Then they told me how their first color televisions had plastic color wheels that spun in front of the set.
When I look at the above advertisement I am frightened. I would be one of the adults who thought that there was a person trapped inside that box. It’s as big as a coffin and the face is like a little shrunken head. I would have called it voodoo and wouldn’t have let it in my home. Then again I don’t own an ipod or a cell phone. Although that may change when the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend arrives at the end of next week. Over $1000 just to live in the cold, or to tolerate the presence of the major oil companies sucking out the blood of the land and putting it into my furnace and car. But back to TV.
Here’s a few that I thought were classic. Guess which one is from Germany?
As you can tell I got a little excited by all this. It made me think of the time I spent at a keypunch machine coding cards to be fed into a giant computer. I always got something wrong and the cards were sent back. Cars had chrome bumpers that didn’t crack when someone hit them. But then we had to watch The Donny & Marie Show. They still look the same. Tomorrow I will be going to a speed dating event. I think back in the old days they just called it a bar. More will be revealed.