I well remember this. I also remember our first TV. My dad owned a bar and brought home a huge advertising whiskey bottle – it was probably 3 feet tall. He cut a piece of wood with a slot to go on top making a huge “piggy” bank. We put silver dollars in it until we had enough to purchase a Magnovox TV/phonograph combo in a cabinet.
Wow. I love the piggy bank. Yes, those were silver dollars and silver dimes. Geez, those are worth something today. lol
We had a shopping center not far from our home. We would ride our bikes to the storefront to look at them. My dad was a repairman, and I remember watching him work on them. He had a lot of boxes of bulbs stored at home. We didn’t get a color tv set until much later.
I am not old enough to recall those first TVs but well recall the change over to COLOR. I used to go with my Dad to test and replace TV and radio tubes. On one trip the owner was raffling off a new fangled COLOR tv for the volunteer fire department. Dad had taught me to print and I filled out a card not really understanding what the whole raffle drawing was about. It one of the few times Dad ever won anything and as a tech loving engineer he was in heaven. Mom had said no to his suggestion that we actually buy one at that time.
And yes, just like with the original black and white sets, we often had gathering of the neighborhood to watch the early color adopters Disney, of course, had a lot of color already in their library. The first show I actually recall watching in COLOR was the Rankin & Bass classis stop motion of Rudolph complete with his blinking red nose. Those wood cabinet sets were beautiful.
This was also the heyday of the NBC peacock. Poor peacock must just be all shades of red now from blushing at the networks current incompetence. No wonder it is seen so infrequently these days.
Wow! Geez, that was like winning lotto. I think it interesting that the introduction of this new thingy brought us together. There weren’t many channels, we had the basic three. Then one night, we were having a slumber party and one of us got up to turn the tv on. We didn’t know what happened after 9pm. We got nothing but an image. All was off, we were so curious and that is all that happened. Kinda of anticlimactic.
We always watched Walter Cronkite. That was a given. Must be at home to see that news report. I remember the heyday of the peacock. It’s now turned into an ugly thing. Very sad.