Early 1950s Television Set

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    I took this photo in about 1955 in Eugene, Oregon (USA). I think we got the set in late 1952 or early 1953. At first there was only a fuzzy UHF station 100 miles away (in Portland); later there was a local VHF station. The cables in the wall are for the UHF and VHF antennas which were on the same 40-foot mast on the roof.

    1. Romain [ apictureourselves.org ] 75 months ago | reply

      Nice !
      the old, the ancestor of the new technlogy !

    2. gbaku 75 months ago | reply

      Thanks! I remember that the reception was pretty poor most of the time and it needed repairs often --- which required a professional. If something happened with one of the radios, I repaired it myself --- most of the time it just required going down to the local grocery store with the tubes and testing them until I found the one that was misfunctioning. I wonder what happened to all those tube-testers? I hope that at least some of them found their way into museums.

    3. Romain [ apictureourselves.org ] 75 months ago | reply

      good question. Maybe he work with satellite now,

    4. gbaku 74 months ago | reply

      Here are the associated antennas:

      1950s Television Antennas

    5. cupcake fan 63 months ago | reply

      Fantastic vintage set. I'm excited you used the CC license and have linked to your photo with attribution on my blog www.thepassivedad.com

      Thank you,


    6. gbaku 63 months ago | reply

      Thanks for letting me know, Scott. Looks like a really interesting blog!

    7. Edward Betts 50 months ago | reply

      Thanks for licensing this image as CC-BY-SA! Your choice of a free license has allowed us to use your image in Wikimedia Commons. The image is now used to illustrate one or more pages on Wikipedia or other free knowledge projects.

    8. gbaku 50 months ago | reply

      Thanks for letting me know and thanks for your work on Wikipedia, which I use daily.

    9. akwilliams261 42 months ago | reply

      I would like to use your image in a writing project I'm doing. If that would be okay with you, let me know what I need to do.

    10. gbaku 42 months ago | reply

      Sure, just follow the guidelines on the Creative Commons license on the photo.

    11. TripodGirl 39 months ago | reply

      I've used a cropped version of this photo in a blog post. Thanks very much for making it available!


    12. gbaku 39 months ago | reply

      Thanks for letting me know!

    13. Ecrans.fr 27 months ago | reply

      Hi, We used your picture to illustrate a story on our news website Ecrans.fr (www.ecrans.fr/Presidentielle-tant-de-paroles,14007.html). Thanks!

    14. gbaku 13 months ago | reply

      Thanks very much for letting me know! Looks good and the article certainly fits in well with the picture! Brings back old memories.

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