• cable box, right? ;) - freeparking :-|
  • I wish I could remember what this was; maybe a signal booster for the UHF channel? It isn't there on any of the later pictures I have of this set.

Early 1950s Television Set

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We got the set in late 1952 or early 1953; the photo is probably from the same time and was taken in Eugene, Oregon (USA). Until a local station started broadcasting, we only got a very fuzzy picture from a UHF station in Portland. The cable going off to the right went to a UHF antenna on top of a 40-foot mast on the roof; later in 1953, there was another cable going through the wall on the right connected to a VHF antenna lower on the mast to pick up signals from a new TV station in Eugene.

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  1. gbaku 78 months ago | reply

    Later view of the same set:

    Early 1950s Television Set


    1950s Television Antennas

  2. Alkuin 74 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fifties and Sixties, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. CycleDog 71 months ago | reply

    That could be me in the photo! I tell people that my father invented the remote control in 1951. "Son, go over and change it to channel 6!"

    I used your shot for a humor piece on CycleDog.


    If you have any objections, I'll cheerfully remove it.


  4. gbaku 71 months ago | reply

    I'm sure my dad would have had me change the channels, but when this shot was taken, there was only one channel that we could receive! This was our first TV set; we had just moved from a small town where there was no chance of TV reception, but we had seen TV during visits to relatives in San Francisco and I was a huge fan of "Time for Beany" back in the days when it was a puppet show and not animated. Glad you could use the photo and thanks for letting me know.

  5. CycleDog 71 months ago | reply

    My best friend grew up in Minnesota where they received two - count 'em - two stations IF the weather cooperated. By contrast, growing up in Pittsburgh, we had six, though Stubenville and Johnstown could be iffy.

    Now, we have about 150 cable stations....and I still can't find anything I want to watch. It's incentive to read and write more.

  6. B.S. Wise 70 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called . TV . room ., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. aha42 | tehaha 62 months ago | reply


    I found this since it is used in a blog post in the blog of the Norwegian Broadcast Corporation (NRK):


  8. gbaku 62 months ago | reply

    Thanks for letting me know about the NRK blog; I was wondering why there was another upsurge in the views of that particular photo. I've been enjoying looking through your photos, particularly those of Bergen since one of my favorite flickr sites is that of the Bergen Public Library (especially the photos of Edvard Grieg and his house).


  9. thekohser 55 months ago | reply

    This photo was also used (abused?) over here by Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia and spokesperson of the copyleft movement:


    Too bad Jimbo non-/mis-attributed such a great photo, as it tarnishes the whole notion of share-and-share-alike.

  10. Just some dust 52 months ago | reply

    Cool photo.

    Thanks for the Creative Commons license. I used this in a blog post about the wisdom of having a tv in the bedroom.

  11. gbaku 52 months ago | reply

    Many thanks for letting me know! I'm always glad when one of my photos can be put to good use.

  12. amplivoxsound 51 months ago | reply

    I used this in my blog titled "Technology Making Old People Irrelevant?"

    Great pic

  13. gbaku 51 months ago | reply

    Thanks for letting me know! Actually, when this photo was taken, we could only receive one very fuzzy UHF channel. The thought of having five channels, as you mentioned in your blog, was far in the future in Eugene, Oregon. I guess something is always lost with advancing technology, but I for one think the internet is great. But going from radio to TV was not that good; my sister and I would never miss an episode of Jack Benny and several other shows on radio, but when TV came around, we eventually lost interest. I think that it's because the "picture" we had built up in our mind during years of listening to the radio was better than the actual picture on the TV set. Jack Benny's vault is a good example of this.

  14. amplivoxsound 51 months ago | reply

    That's really cool! Thanks for sharing. As a twentysomething, its hard for me to remember my pre-cable days when we only had about 10 channels or so. Something about the radio adds to the imagination where TV does not leave many gaps to be filled in.

  15. stevekosareff 51 months ago | reply

    I'm developing a documentary on the rise and fall of the American television set industry as seen through the eyes of four independent dealers who have been open for 50 years. There is a demo reel viewable @ http://kck.st/fLzOUC or on the project website: http://www.TVMan.tv. The seven-minute film features archival film and photographs of television sets.

  16. MetalGuruMessiah 34 months ago | reply

    Greetings John,

    Such an awesome photo! Thanks so much! I've made it one of the "stars" ;-) in a couple of videos I've done for a series I'm working on for songs from Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road:

    Originally selected for use in
    "Roy Rogers"

    Then realized it was also PERFECT for "Candle In The Wind":

    I linked to the photo in the video description of both (actually forgot to link for the first one until today when I received a comment about it the second and searched out the source...sorry for the oversight!)

    I absolutely love this photo and hope you find it's usage respectable and acceptable....I always try to use other's art in a manner that will highlight and honor the original creator.

    I hope you enjoy the videos.....I believe the Marilyn Monroe one may ultimately become much more popular owing greatly to the wonderful art such as yours. Thank you so much for your gracious consideration and kindness in allowing your art to produce new art. Please let me know if you have any special consideration....I'll gladly honor as requested.


  17. gbaku 34 months ago | reply

    Hi Jon,

    I loved the videos. Thanks for letting me know about them! I think I still have my Roy Rogers Riders Club card somewhere and will post a scan of it here if/when I find it. Those shots of me and Marilyn Monroe are priceless! Great job!

    Thanks again,


  18. MetalGuruMessiah 34 months ago | reply

    Hey John,

    So fantastic to hear from you, and to know you enjoyed the use of this picture! It's an absolutely incredible photo...the era, your youthful expression, that t.v......just an innocence that many of us long for today, and sadly a time and place that youngsters never had the joy to experience.

    I replied to your comment on the "Candle In The Wind" video.....a little good-natured joke 'bout Marilyn making everything look better...after I posted it I thought, "oh, I hope he doesn't take that wrong"!.....anyway, I hope you got it. You really were a GREAT looking kid, for the record! LOL!

    Anyway.....I'm so happy to know the person in the video, it really makes them both all the more special.

    Take care,

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