Posts Tagged ‘1950’

Round Television Picture Tubes in the 1950s

April 16, 2010

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In case you didn’t already notice, Jerry Farlow (Rolfe High School, 1955) commented on my most recent¬†post.¬†His comments are about watching television in 1950 with Gary Kaiser at the J.E. Rickard & Sons store in Rolfe, Iowa.

I called Gary Kaiser to ask him about that experience. I’ll include Gary’s comments in the next post. One thing about which Gary commented, which was news to me, was that the picture tubes of that era were round.

The Honeymooners television program shown in the YouTube video below did not air until later in the 1950s. However, according to this YouTube video’s information, the round-picture television sets shown in this video are from 1950.

At this link there is a photo of one of those 1950 “Porthole” televisions with a round picture.

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“Television is Here” in 1950

April 12, 2010

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The Arrow (Rolfe, Iowa, newspaper), February 23, 1950. (Click photo to enlarge.)

This ad was published five years before I was born. I can only imagine the excitement generated from the (at that time) newfangled invention of television. If you remember anything about aspects of early televisions, television broadcasts (was the quality very good? dependable?), and/or the J.E. Rickard & Sons store, it would certainly be educational and/or fun to read your comments.

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